Upcoming Events

The last Wednesday of the month approaches and it's time once more for the VES London Pub Night!

 
Once again, we invite VES members, friends and everyone interested to a fun evening at the pub. Come join the VES London Board and other visual effects professionals for some good conversation, a beverage or two, and new contacts. We have the cozy upstairs room at the Nellie Dean to ourselves, complete with a private bar!
 
As always, this is open to everyone, no need to RSVP, so bring your friends.
 
Feeling peckish? The Nellie serves gourmet award-winning pies from Pieminister! We'll have dining tables set up upstairs for those who wish to partake.
 
The VES London Pub Night
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
7 pm 'til late
 
The Nellie Dean
in the private upstairs lounge
89 Dean Street
London W1D 3SU
 

VES and The Foundry Invite Toronto VES Members and Their Guests to a 3D Screening of Walt Disney Pictures' and Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Complimentary popcorn and soft drink will be provided per person.

Please RSVP below
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:00PM
The Royal Cinema
608 College Street, Toronto, ON, MG6 1B4, Canada
Click here for a map.

Concessions generously provided by .

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

VES Bay Area Section Invites You and Your Guests to a Screening of Walt Disney Pictures' and Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Please RSVP below

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00PM
32TEN Studios
3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
Click here for a map.

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Friday, May 27, 2016.

 

VES Bay Area Section Invites You and Your Guests to a Screening of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Please RSVP below

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 5:00PM
32TEN Studios
3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
Click here for a map.

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Friday, May 27, 2016

New York VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Please RSVP below
Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 12:00PM
SVA Beatrice Theater at the School of Visual Arts
333 W. 23rd Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenue) New York, NY 10011
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

RSVP's for this Screening are CLOSED
Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30PM
(RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Wednesday, June 1)
Blakely Theater on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot
10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

Montreal VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Please RSVP below
Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 8:00PM
Technicolor Montreal
2101 Ste Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M6, Canada
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

Australian VES Members in Adelaide and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening Of Walt Disney Pictures' and Marvel Studios' CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Please RSVP below
Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:00PM

Mercury Cinema
13 Morphett St., Adelaide, SA 5000
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Please RSVP below
Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:30PM
(RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Thursday, June 2)
Blakely Theater on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot
10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

 

London VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a Screening of 20th Century Fox's X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

Please RSVP at the link below

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:15PM
The Basement Screening Room at MPC
127 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0NL
(Closest tube station, Tottenham Court Road)
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

Recent Announcements

Dear Vancouver VES members,

Nominations are now open for the VES Vancouver section board of directors for a 2 year term 2016/ 2017. There are 5 open seats available. 7 directors will be returning to the board, serving the 2nd year of their terms including : Marta Mintenko, Sue Rowe, Fred Chapmen, Jason Dowdswell, Matthew Krentz, Wendy Lanning, and Marshall Krasser.

I invite all interested members to submit their name with a statement about yourself and why you would like to join the board. We will accept nominations until next Friday Feb 5th and have a vote the following week. We looking forward to working with you all in the year ahead to grow our section and grow the benefits we provide to our members.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

Best regards,

Warren Franklin
Chairman VES Vancouver

VES Members and professionals working in the visual effects industry in Canada, we would like to offer you exclusive access to the VES Health & Dental Plan. 

Enrollment Guidelines

You are eligible to join the plan 60 days after joining the VES or a validated studio

You must enroll within 31 days of becoming eligible (you can also submit your enrolment at any time during the 60 day waiting period)

Any applications received after the 31-day deadline are considered late applicants and are subject to medical requirements and benefit restrictions

Limited Time Only Open Enrollment

If you have missed the 31 day deadline described above, we are pleased to offer a limited-time only Open Enrollment. This is a unique opportunity for you and your eligible dependents to join the plan with a December 1, 2015 effective date. There are no medical requirements and you will have full access to the plan level of your choosing with no restrictions. All enrolments must be received by November 15, 2015.

For more information on this fully portable plan and the benefits available, please check out the following website: www.arbutusfinancial.com/ves-page.html

To Enroll:

Please email Arbutus Financial at info@arbutusfinancial.com with your name, date of birth, email address, plan choice (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum), family status (single, couple, family), VES affiliation (name of studio where you work or VES member number), and the date you joined the VES or started working at your studio.

Questions?  Please contact us at info@arbutusfinancial.com or 604-731-1100 or toll free 1-877-228-2171.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:
Naomi Goldman, NLG Communications
T: 424-293-2113
Ngoldman77@gmail.com


Visual Effects Society Releases First-of-its-Kind VFX Reference Platform

New Industry Standard Platform to Improve Interoperability and Streamline Work of VFX Software Vendors and Studios

 

Los Angeles (July 2, 2014) – The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, has announced the release of the industry standard VFX Reference Platform. The VFX Reference Platform is a set of tools and library versions to be used as a common target platform for building software for the VFX industry. Its purpose is to minimize incompatibilities between different software packages, ease the support burden for Linux-based pipelines and encourage further adoption of Linux by software vendors. The Reference Platform is updated annually by a group of software vendors in collaboration with the VES Technology Committee.

 

The Calendar Year 2014 (CY2014) Reference Platform is the first-of-its-kind and represents the closest collaboration yet between software solutions providers to converge on a common platform.   The CY2015 Platform developed for 2015 software releases has now been published in draft form and feedback is invited from software vendors and customer studios. The final version will be published in August 2014 and announced at SIGGRAPH.

 

“By working with industry software providers, we’ve identified major library versions that are updated annually that can be shared between all major apps.  This is a huge step forward for software distribution for VFX on Linux,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES Board Chair.  “We’re proud that the VES Technology Committee, under the leadership of Rob Bredow and Nick Cannon, has successfully addressed this critical challenge and developed a much-needed solution.”

The VES worked in collaboration with leading VFX companies and application providers to develop the platform, which provides a forum to coordinate major platform upgrades, easing the transition to new technologies, while increasing reliable interoperability and lowering costs for vendors and customers. 

 

“For the past year, the VES has been collaborating with Autodesk and other software vendors to create a reference Linux platform to address the endemic hassle of ‘version-itis.’  We’re thrilled the VES is taking the lead to rally both the visual effects community and vendors on the Linux platform to organize this working group and benefit all of our customers,” said Chris Vienneau, Autodesk Media & Entertainment Director of Product Management.

 

"The VFX Reference Platform initiative aims to prune superfluous technical variety so we can all focus on stuff that matters.  Tweak applauds all of the effort that goes into this indispensable project," said Seth Rosenthal, Tweak Software. 

 

The Reference Platforms along with further supporting information, including how to contribute feedback, are available on http://vfxplatform.com.

 

About the Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society is a professional honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. It is the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended global community of visual effects practitioners, including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives.  VES’ almost 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment – film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media.   To learn more about the VES, visit www.visualeffectssociety.com.

Follow us on Twitter:  @VFXSociety
 

NZCS, CODEX and PARK ROAD POST invite NZCS members to an informative evening

When: June 30, 2014 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: Park Road Post, 141 Park Road, Miramar Wellington
Please RSVPevents@nzcine.com or Kevin on 027 2939059
 

Come see the Codex Vault and the new Codex Action CAM. We will have a brief presentation and then hands on time.

The frenetic pace of a TV production, the quick turnaround of a commercial, the longer production cycle of a feature film– no matter what type of project you’re making, Codex Vault can streamline your production and simplify your workflow. Vault brings your digital negative into one standard, secure workflow, saving you time and money and protecting your valuable asset. And now featuring CODEX REVIEW – superfast GPU processing for dailies, playback to an HD or 4K monitor and QC and color tools.

Introducing the Codex Action CAM - the small camera with a big workflow. Whether you’re making commercials, TV or movies, sometimes your camera package is just too big for the situation or location you’re trying to shoot in.

Enter Codex Action CAM...A complete shooting, capture, transcoding and data management solution for situations that require a compact form factor and low weight. Codex Action CAM itself is a tiny remote head camera for shooting at up to 60fps. It comes with the Codex Camera Control Recorder, providing full remote control of the camera, plus the proven workflow of the industry-standard Codex recorder.

The VES Board of Directors voted to bestow the Founders Award on Janet Healy at this year's Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) in the Fall.

Janet is a Founding Member of the VES, and she has served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

Healy started her career in live-action films, working with directors Stanley Kramer, Hal Ashby and Sam Peckinpah. She worked with Steven Spielberg on CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and 1941, serving as Associate Producer on the latter. From those films Healy began her understanding and fascination with the art of visual effects, learning about early motion control systems, optical compositing techniques and the construction and photography of complex miniature sets.

She then joined George Lucas’ visual effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), as a Co-Head of Production. At ILM, Healy produced some of the era’s most groundbreaking visual effects work, including the Academy Award®-winning visual effects for TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY and JURASSIC PARK. She was instrumental in leading the industry transition from reliance on photochemical and in-camera processes to the use of the digital 2D and 3D techniques that are common place in visual effects today. During those years at ILM, Healy was also the Visual Effects Producer for GHOSTBUSTERS II, JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO, and WILLOW. While producing the digital character work for CASPER, Healy fell in love with CG character animation.

In 1995 she joined Walt Disney Feature Animation as the Head of Digital Production and oversaw the CG work on the films TARZAN, DINOSAUR and MULAN. She moved to DreamWorks Animation to serve as Head of Production for several years and, while there, produced SHARK TALE.

In 2008, Healy joined Chris Meledandri as he was beginning his new venture, Illumination Entertainment, for Universal Pictures. Along with Meledandri, Healy is the Producer of DESPICABLE ME, THE LORAX, DESPICABLE ME 2, and the upcoming films MINIONS (2015), the Untitled Pets Project (2016), DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017) and THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS (2017).

Healy is also a member of the New Media Council of the PGA and has served as a member of their Board of Directors and as an Executive Board member. She currently lives in Paris and Monteaux, France

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 from 7:00PM until late

The Duke of York (in the private upstairs lounge)

47 Rathbone St., London W1T 1NW

Click here for a map

 

2014 is well under way and it's time for the glorious return of the ever-popular VES Pub Nights!

Every last Wednesday of the month, we invite VES members, friends and everyone interested to a fun evening at the pub. Come join the VES London Board and your fellow members for some good conversation, a beverage or two, and a Killer game of darts. A bottle of whisky awaits the winning dartist!

As always, this is open to everyone - no need to RSVP, so bring your friends!

London VES Members And Their Guests Are Invited To Attend A 3D Screening Of DreamWorks Animation's & 20th Century Fox's MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

Click here to RSVP

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:30PM (Doors open at 6:00PM)
20th Century Fox Soho Square Theater
31-32 Soho Square, London, Greater London W1D 3AP
Click here for a map

Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows.

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

Jeff Okun and Eric Roth are coming March 21st, 2014 to Vancouver for an open forum. This is for members and non-members alike to speak to VES Global ( from LA) and express your thoughts and concerns as VES moves forward to becoming more of a global society.

The meeting will take place March 21st, 2014 at 8:00 pm and will be hosted at Lost Boys – School of VFX. (Suite 200 – 495 Railway Street, Vancouver, B.C.) No RSVPs necessary.

We hope you can all attend and provide your input on the future of VES.