Upcoming Events

On behalf of Annapurna Pictures and ANZ distributor Universal Pictures we’re delighted to invite you and your guest to an industry preview screening of SORRY TO BOTHER YOU.
 
When: Friday 16 November 
Time: 9.30am
Location: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton 
 
* Please ensure you arrive on time as the film must start promptly *
 
RSVP is essential to celia@bluecatpictures.com.au and please advise which screening you wish to attend.
 
 
Synopsis:
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of "power-calling" that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius' career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who's secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's freewheeling CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. 
 
Blending comedy, fantasy and social commentary, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is directed by Boots Riley from his original screenplay.
 
Duration: 111 mins
 
Universal Pictures is releasing the film on 29 November 2018.

VES India Members in Mumbai and Up to 4 Guests are Invited to an Opening Night Screening of 20th Century Fox's BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Please RSVP below (VES members must login to sign up)
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00PM
(Please arrive at 6:30PM for a 7:00PM start)
Whistling Woods International
Filmcity Complex, Goregaon East, Mumbai, 400065
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.

Vancouver VES Members and Their Families are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET followed by a Q&A with Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Kersavage, Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Robinson and Head of Effects Animation Cesar Velazquez moderated by VES Board member Charlie Iturriaga. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)
Please RSVP below
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00AM
There is a $4.75 parking fee per car)
Capilano University Bosa Centre Theater
2055 Purcell Way (entrance #2 off Skeena Road), North Vancouver, BC, V7J 3H5

Park in lot #2 or #3 at the North end of the campus. Arrive early for the screening to allow time to walk to the theater. The theater doors will lock after the screening starts as per University security so don't be late!

Please tweet your questions after the screening in order to participate in the Q&A panel (which will take place in Los Angeles) immediately following the screening. (be sure to include the hashtag, #VESRALPH, in your tweet.)

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.

Washington VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET followed by a Q&A with Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Kersavage, Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Robinson and Head of Effects Animation Cesar Velazquez moderated by VES Board member Charlie Iturriaga. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00AM

SIFF Cinema Uptown theater
511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98122
Click here for a map.

Please tweet your questions after the screening in order to participate in the Q&A panel (which will take place in Los Angeles) immediately following the screening. (be sure to include the hashtag, #VESRALPH, in your tweet.)

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 Families in the Bay Area are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET followed by a Q&A with Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Kersavage, Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Robinson and Head of Effects Animation Cesar Velazquez moderated by VES Board member Charlie Iturriaga. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Since this is a pre-release screening, there will be NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES ALLOWED IN THE THEATER. Please leave your phone in your car.

Please RSVP below
(RSVPs close at 10:00AM on Friday, November 16)
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00AM
(Gates open to the Pixar Campus & In-Studio Parking Lot at 10:00AM, no earlier)
Steve Jobs Theater at Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608
Click here for a map.

Please tweet your questions after the screening in order to participate in the Q&A panel (which will take place in Los Angeles) immediately following the screening. (be sure to include the hashtag, #VESRALPH, in your tweet.)

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 Families are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET followed by a Q&A with Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Kersavage, Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Robinson and Head of Effects Animation Cesar Velazquez moderated by VES Board member Charlie Iturriaga. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
(RSVPs close at 12:00PM on Friday, November 16)
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11:00AM
Walt Disney Studios Main Theater
500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

(Please enter through the Alameda gate and park as directed.)
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.

New York VES Members and Their Families are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET followed by a Q&A with Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Kersavage, Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Robinson and Head of Effects Animation Cesar Velazquez moderated by VES Board member Charlie Iturriaga. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00PM
SVA 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

Please tweet your questions after the screening in order to participate in the Q&A panel (which will take place in Los Angeles) immediately following the screening. (be sure to include the hashtag, #VESRALPH, in your tweet.)

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 Families are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Please RSVP below
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:30PM
Difuze Montreal's Covitec Screening Room
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.

London VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of Walt Disney Animation Studios' RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET followed by a Q&A with Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Kersavage, Character Look Development Supervisor Michelle Robinson and Head of Effects Animation Cesar Velazquez moderated by VES Board member Charlie Iturriaga. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below (VES members must login to sign up.)

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00PM
The Basement Screening Room at MPC
127 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 0NL
(Closest tube station, Tottenham Court Road)
Click here for a map

Please tweet your questions after the screening in order to participate in the Q&A panel (which will take place in San Francisco) immediately following the screening. (be sure to include the hashtag, #VESRALPH, in your tweet.)

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.

On behalf of Netflix we’re delighted to invite you and your guest to a unique opportunity to see ROMA, the most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón’s first project since the groundbreaking Gravity in 2013, Roma will be available on Netflix later this year.
 
When: Sunday 18th November  
Time: 10am start 
Location: Village Jam Factory VMAX Cinemas - Cinema 10, 500 Chapel St, South Yarra
 
RSVP is essential to celia@bluecatpictures.com.au
 
n.b. This screening invitation is strictly non-transferable.
 
 
Duration: 135 minutes 

Recent Announcements

 

BLADE RUNNER 2049 and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Tie for Most Feature Film Nominations 



DESPICABLE ME 3 is Top Animated Film Contender 



GAME OF THRONES Leads the Broadcast Field and Scores Most Nominations Overall

 

Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, announced the nominees for the 16th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life. BLADE RUNNER 2049  and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES tie for the most feature film nominations with seven each.  DESPICABLE ME 3 is the top animated film contender with five nominations and GAME OF THRONES leads the broadcast field and scores the most nominations overall with 11. 
 
Nominees in 24 categories were selected by VES members via events hosted by 10 of its Sections, including Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington. The VES Awards will be held on February 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  As previously announced, the VES Georges Méliès Award will be presented to Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri, VES. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.  Award-winning actor-comedian-author Patton Oswalt will once again host the VES Awards.
 
“The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, VES Chair.  “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways.  The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our nominees!”
 
“The Visual Effects Society Student Award recognizes the stellar work of emerging VFX artists worldwide, and we're proud to sponsor the award again. Each year, the submissions grow more impressive, and we’re excited to collaborate with the VES to recognize, applaud and celebrate this year’s talented nominees," said Amy Bunszel, Autodesk Senior Vice President, Design & Creation Products. 

The nominees for the 16th Annual VES Awards in 24 categories are as follows: 
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature 
 
Blade Runner 2049
John Nelson
Karen Murphy Mundell
Paul Lambert
Richard Hoover
Gerd Nefzer
 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Christopher Townsend
Damien Carr
Guy Williams
Jonathan Fawkner
Dan Sudick
 
Kong: Skull Island
Jeff White
Tom Peitzman
Stephen Rosenbaum
Scott Benza
Michael Meinardus
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Ben Morris
Tim Keene
Eddie Pasquarello
Daniel Seddon
Chris Corbould
 
War for the Planet of the Apes
Joe Letteri
Ryan Stafford
Daniel Barrett
Dan Lemmon
Joel Whist
 
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
 
Darkest Hour 
Stéphane Nazé
Warwick Hewett
Guillaume Terrien
Benjamin Magana
 
Downsizing
James E. Price
Susan MacLeod
Lindy De Quattro
Stéphane Nazé
 
Dunkirk
Andrew Jackson
Mike Chambers
Andrew Lockley
Alison Wortman
Scott Fisher
 
Mother!
Dan Schrecker
Colleen Bachman
Ben Snow
Wayne Billheimer
Mario Dumont
 
Only the Brave
Eric Barba
Dione Wood
Matthew Lane
Georg Kaltenbrunner
Michael Meinardus
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
 
Captain Underpants
David Soren
Mark Swift
Mirielle Soria
David Dulac
 
Cars 3
Brian Fee
Kevin Reher
Michael Fong
Jon Reisch
 
Coco
Lee Unkrich
Darla K. Anderson
David Ryu
Michael K. O'Brien
 
Despicable Me 3
Pierre Coffin
Chris Meledandri
Kyle Balda
Eric Guillon
 
The LEGO Batman Movie
Rob Coleman
Amber Naismith
Grant Freckelton
Damien Gray
 
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Gregory Jowle
Fiona Chilton
Miles Green
Kim Taylor
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
 
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Orientation
Mark Kolpack
Sabrina Arnold
David Rey
Kevin Yuille
Gary D'Amico
 
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Joe Bauer
Steve Kullback
Chris Baird
David Ramos
Sam Conway
                 
Legion; Chapter 1
John Ross
Eddie Bonin
Sébastien Bergeron
Lionel Lim
Paul Benjamin
 
Star Trek: Discovery; The Vulcan Hello
Jason Michael Zimmerman
Aleksandra Kochoska
Ante Dekovic
Mahmoud Rahnama
 
Stranger Things 2; The Gate
Paul Graff
Christina Graff
Seth Hill
Joel Sevilla
Caius Man
 
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
 
Black Sails; XXIX
Erik Henry
Terron Pratt
Yafei Wu
David Wahlberg
Paul Dimmer
 
Fear The Walking Dead; Sleigh Ride
Peter Crosman
Denise Gayle
Philip Nussbaumer
Martin Pelletier
Frank Iudica
 
Mr. Robot; eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00 
Ariel Altman
Lauren Montuori
John Miller
Luciano DiGeronimo
 
Outlander; Eye of the Storm
Richard Briscoe
Elicia Bessette
Aladino Debert
Filip Orrby
Doug Hardy
 
Taboo; Pilot
Henry Badgett
Tracy McCreary
Nic Birmingham
Simon Rowe
Colin Gorry
 
Vikings; On the Eve
Dominic Remane
Mike Borrett
Ovidiu Cinazan
Paul Wishart
Paul Byrne
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
 
Assassin's Creed Origins
Raphael Lacoste
Patrick Limoges
Jean-Sebastien Guay
Ulrich Haar
 
Call of Duty: WWII
Joe Salud
Atsushi Seo
Danny Chan
Jeremy Kendall
 
Fortnite; A Hard Day's Nite
Michael Clausen
Gavin Moran
Brian Brecht
Andrew Harris
 
Sonaria
Scot Stafford
Camille Cellucci
Kevin Dart
Theresa Latzko
 
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Shaun Escayg
Tate Mosesian
Eben Cook
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
 
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Léon Bérelle
Maxime Luère
Dominique Boidin
Remi Kozyra
 
Kia Niro; Hero's Journey
Robert Sethi
Anastasia von Rahl
Tom Graham
Chris Knight
Dave Peterson
 
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Simon French
Josh King
Alexia Paterson
Leonardo Costa
 
Monster; Opportunity Roars
Ruben Vandebroek
Clairellen Wallin
Kevin Ives              
Kyle Cody
 
Samsung; Do What You Can't; Ostrich
Diarmid Harrison-Murray
Tomek Zietkiewicz
Amir Bazazi
Martino Madeddu
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
 
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Richard Baneham
Amy Jupiter
David Lester        
Thrain Shadbolt
 
Corona; Paraiso Secreto
Adam Grint
Jarrad Vladich
Roberto Costas Fernández
Ed Thomas
Noel Drew
 
Guardians of the Galaxy; Mission: BREAKOUT!
Jason Bayever
Amy Jupiter
Mike Bain
Alexander Thomas
 
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Antoine Durr
John Owens
Thilo Ewers
Malte Sarnes
 
Nemo and Friends SeaRider
Anthony Apodaca
Kathy Janus
Brandon Benepe
Nick Lucas
Rick Rothschild
 
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
Ben Snow
Judah Graham
Ian Bowie
Curtis Hickman
David Layne
 
 Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
 
Blade Runner 2049; Rachael
Axel Akesson
Stefano Carta
Wesley Chandler
Ian Cooke-Grimes
 
Kong: Skull Island; Kong
Jakub Pistecky
Chris Havreberg
Karin Cooper
Kris Costa
 
War for the Planet of the Apes; Bad Ape
Eteuati Tema
Aidan Martin
Florian Fernandez
Mathias Larserud
 
War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar
Dennis Yoo
Ludovic Chailloleau
Douglas McHale
Tim Forbes
 
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
 
Coco; Hèctor 
Emron Grover
Jonathan Hoffman
Michael Honsel
Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto
 
Despicable Me 3; Bratt
Eric Guillon
Bruno Dequier
Julien Soret
Benjamin Fournet
 
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garma Mecha Man
Arthur Terzis
Wei He
Jean-Marc Ariu
Gibson Radsavanh
 
The Boss Baby; Boss Baby
Alec Baldwin
Carlos Puertolas
Rani Naamani
Joe Moshier
 
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garmadon
Matthew Everitt
Christian So
Loic Miermont
Fiona Darwin
 
Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
 
Black Mirror: Metalhead
Steven Godfrey
Stafford Lawrence
Andrew Robertson
Iestyn Roberts
 
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Zombie Polar Bear
Paul Story
Todd Labonte
Matthew Muntean
Nicholas Wilson
 
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch; Drogon Meets Jon
Jonathan Symmonds
Thomas Kutschera
Philipp Winterstein
Andreas Krieg
 
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Drogon Loot Train Attack
Murray Stevenson
Jason Snyman
Jenn Taylor
Florian Friedmann
 
Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
 
Beyond Good and Evil 2; Zhou Yuzhu
Dominique Boidin
Maxime Luère
Léon Bérelle
Remi Kozyra
 
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Steve Townrow
Joseph Kane
Greg Martin
Gabriela Ruch Salmeron
 
Netto; The Easter Surprise; Bunny
Alberto Lara
Jorge Montiel
Antoine Mariez
Jon Wood
 
Samsung; Do What You Can't; Ostrich
David Bryan
Maximilian Mallmann
Tim Van Hussen
Brendan Fagan
 
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
 
Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles
Chris McLaughlin
Rhys Salcombe
Seungjin Woo
Francesco Dell'Anna
 
Blade Runner 2049; Trash Mesa
Didier Muanza
Thomas Gillet
Guillaume Mainville
Sylvain Lorgeou
 
Blade Runner 2049; Vegas
Eric Noel
Arnaud Saibron
Adam Goldstein
Pascal Clement
 
War for the Planet of the Apes; Hidden Fortress
Greg Notzelman
James Shaw
Jay Renner
Gak Gyu Choi
 
War for the Planet of the Apes; Prison Camp
Phillip Leonhardt
Paul Harris
Jeremy Fort
Thomas Lo
 
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature               
 
Cars 3; Thomasville
Marlena Fecho
Thidaratana Annee Jonjai
Jose L. Ramos Serrano
Frank Tai
 
Coco; City of the Dead
Michael Frederickson
Jamie Hecker
Jonathan Pytko
Dave Strick
 
Despicable Me 3; Hollywood Destruction
Axelle De Cooman
Pierre Lopes
Milo Riccarand
Nicolas Brack
 
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Ninjago City
Kim Taylor
Angela Ensele
Felicity Coonan
Jean-Pascal LeBlanc
 
Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
 
Assassin's Creed Origins; City of Memphis
Raphael Lacoste
Jean-Sebastien Guay
Mikael Guaveia
Vincent Lombardo
 
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Daniel Villalba
Antonio Lado
José Luis Barreiro
Isaac de la Pompa
 
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Patrice Poissant
Deak Ferrand
Dominic Daigle
Gabriel Morin
 
Still Star-Crossed; Verona
Rafael Solórzano
Isaac de la Pompa
José Luis Barreiro
Óscar Perea
 
Stranger Things 2; The Gate
Saul Galbiati
Michael Maher
Seth Cobb
Kate McFadden
 
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
 
Beauty and the Beast; Be Our Guest
Shannon Justison
Casey Schatz
Neil Weatherley
Claire Michaud
 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Groot Dance/Opening Fight
James Baker
Steven Lo
Alvise Avati
Robert Stipp
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Crait Surface Battle
Cameron Neilson
Albert Cheng
John Levin
Johanes Kurnia
 
Thor: Ragnarok; Valkyrie's Flashback
Hubert Maston
Arthur Moody
Adam Paschke
Casey Schatz
 
Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
 
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke
Steven Saunders
Joaquin Loyzaga
Chris Menges

Despicable Me 3; Dru's Car
Eric Guillon
François-Xavier Lepeintre
Guillaume Boudeville
Pierre Lopes
 
Life; The ISS
Tom Edwards
Chaitanya Kshirsagar
Satish Kuttan
Paresh Dodia
 
US Marines; Anthem; Monument
Tom Bardwell
Paul Liaw
Adam Dewhirst 
 
Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
 
Kong: Skull Island
Florent Andorra
Alexis Hall
Raul Essig
Branko Grujcic
 
Only the Brave; Fire & Smoke
Georg Kaltenbrunner
Thomas Bevan
Philipp Zaufel
Himanshu Joshi
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Bombing Run
Peter Kyme
Miguel Perez Senent
Ahmed Gharraph
Billy Copley
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Mega Destroyer Destruction
Mihai Cioroba
Ryoji Fujita
Jiyong Shin
Dan Finnegan
 
War for the Planet of the Apes
David Caeiro Cebrián
Johnathan Nixon
Chet Leavai
Gary Boyle
 
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
 
Cars 3
Greg Gladstone
Stephen Marshall
Leon JeongWook Park    
Tim Speltz
 
Coco
Kristopher Campbell
Stephen Gustafson
Dave Hale
Keith Klohn
 
Despicable Me 3
Bruno Chauffard
Frank Baradat
Milo Riccarand
Nicolas Brack
 
Ferdinand
Yaron Canetti
Allan Kadkoy
Danny Speck
Mark Adams
 
The Boss Baby
Mitul Patel
Gaurav Mathur
Venkatesh Kongathi
Matt Head

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
 
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Manuel Ramírez
Óscar Márquez
Pablo Hernández
David Gacituaga
 
Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction
Thomas Hullin
Dominik Kirouac
Sylvain Nouveau
Nathan Arbuckle
 
Heineken; The Trailblazers
Christian Bohm
Andreu Lucio Archs
Carsten Keller
Steve Oakley

Outlander; Eye of the Storm; Stormy Seas
Jason Mortimer
Navin Pinto
Greg Teegarden
Steven Ong
 
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
 
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Approach and Joi Holograms
Tristan Myles
Miles Lauridsen
Joel Delle-Vergin
Farhad Mohasseb
 
Kong: Skull Island
Nelson Sepulveda
Aaron Brown
Paolo Acri
Shawn Mason
 
Thor: Ragnarok; Bridge Battle
Gavin McKenzie
David Simpson
Owen Carroll
Mark Gostlow
 
War for the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Salzmann
Robin Hollander
Ben Warner
Beck Veitch
 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
 
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Óscar Perea
Santiago Martos
David Esteve
Michael Crane
 
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Thomas Montminy Brodeur
Xavier Fourmond
Reuben Barkataki
Sébastien Raets
 
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Dom Hellier
Thijs Noij
Edwin Holdsworth
Giacomo Matteucci
 
Star Trek: Discovery
Phil Prates
Rex Alerta
John Dinh
Karen Cheng
  
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
 
Destiny 2; New Legends Will Rise
Alex Unruh
Michael Ralla
Helgi Laxdal
Timothy Gutierrez
 
Nespresso; Comin' Home
Matt Pascuzzi
Steve Drew
Martin Lazaro
Karch Coon
 
Samsung; Do What You Can't; Ostrich
Michael Gregory
Andrew Roberts
Gustavo Bellon
Rashabh Ramesh Butani
 
Virgin Media; Delivering Awesome
Jonathan Westley
John Thornton
Milo Paterson
George Cressey
 
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
 
Creature Pinup
Christian Leitner
Juliane Walther
Kiril Mirkov
Lisa Ecker
 
Hybrids
Florian Brauch
Romain Thirion
Matthieu Pujol
Kim Tailhades
 
Les Pionniers de l'Univers

Benjamin Bernon
Clementine Courbin
Matthieu Guevel
Jérôme Van Beneden
 
The Endless
Nicolas Lourme
Corentin Gravend
Edouard Calemard
Mikel Zuloaga 

For more information on the 16th Annual VES Awards CLICK HERE
 

 

 

Movie News

Alien Covenant on Land and Air...

In Alien Covenant, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, takes an ill fated detour to what they think is an uncharted potential colony site. In reality this works out to be a very very bad move. In the 'air' the Covenant was mainly provided by Framestore, (along with some chest splitting alien effects). On the ground MPC provided a large amount of the visual effects nightmare in Ridley Scott's latest Alien film. Covenant picks up the story about ten years after Prometheus, and things have not gone well for Elizabeth Shaw, thanks in large measure to David's rather dark private god complex.

More on this story at www.fxguide.com 


Software News

Nuke 11 in Open Beta

Nuke 11.0 is the next major release for the Nuke family of products including Nuke, NukeX, Nuke Studio, Hiero, and HieroPlayer. In Nuke 11.0, we’ve continued to focus on improving performance and staying up-to-date with industry standards; adding exciting new workflows for collaboration; and improving playback performance in Nuke Studio.

More information at www.foundry.com


Hardware News

Canon launches the EOS C700
On Thursday, November 3, Canon filled the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood with Society members, cinematographers and other production professionals for the unveiling of their new flagship digital cinema camera, the EOS C700. November 3 is a significant day for Canon, noted Elliot Peck, the company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Imaging Technology and Communications Group, Chairmain and CEO of Information and Technology Services. It was exactly five years ago, in 2011, that Canon first unveiled their EOS C300 and pledged a commitment to the cinematography community to collaborate, listen and evolve new technology designed for filmmaking.
More on this story at www.theasc.com


Research News

Anisotropic Elastoplasticity for Cloth, Knit and Hair Frictional Contact
Physically based animation of elastic surfaces and curves has been an essential aspect of computer graphics for nearly three decades. Whether it be di erent layers of clothing in a virtual garment, in- dividual strands in a head of hair or even yarns in a knit garment, collision and contact phenomena of these materials are essential for the richness and realism provided by physics based simulation. Unfortunately the thin nature of these materials makes collision detection and resolution challenging. This process is often the bottleneck in modern visual effects. Building on recent methods that characterize frictional contact in granular materials via elastoplasticity, we present a new approach for codimensional elasticity that uses a hybrid Lagrangian/Eulerian Material Point Method (MPM) discretization to model frictional contact with a continuum view. 
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The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named multiple Academy Award®-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston as the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 15th Annual VES Awards on February 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the VES Board of Directors, recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry.  VES will honor Ralston for his intuitive vision and unparalleled mastery of visual effects.  Ralston’s creative vision and fierce technical expertise have earned him an impressive five Academy Awards®.  His groundbreaking work has built a rich legacy, one that has profoundly impacted future generations of artists and innovators.

"Ken Ralston is an amazing force and a defining voice of the visual effects community,” said Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair.  “His creativity, leadership, and ability to use technologies to enhance the art of storytelling have brought us some of the most memorable films of all time.  His pioneering work has truly raised the bar and helped redefine entertainment and our industry on a global level.  For this, and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Ralston is Senior Visual Effect Supervisor and Creative Head at the Academy Award® winning visual effects studio, Sony Pictures Imageworks. He has earned five Academy Awards® including a Special Achievement Oscar® for the visual effects in the 1984 phenomenon, Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi.  In addition to this, he received Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for his work as visual effects supervisor on Forrest Gump (which was also awarded the Oscar for Best Picture), Death Becomes Her, the revolutionary Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cocoon. Ralston followed his Academy Award-nominated work as senior visual effects supervisor on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (3D), with Columbia Picture's Men in Black III and most recently Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Many groundbreaking projects at Sony Pictures Imageworks have benefited from Ralston's artistic acumen including his many collaborations with Academy Award® winning director Robert Zemeckis on the epic Beowulf (3D), The Polar Express (3D) and Cast Away. Prior to joining Imageworks, Ralston placed his artistic and technical stamp on the films at Industrial Light & Magic. Breaking technological ground, Ralston played a pivotal role in advancing the company's renown.

Ralston's other notable film credits include visual effects supervisor on The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Dragonslayer, for which he was also nominated for an Oscar, and all three films from the Back to the Future trilogy, earning an Academy Award® nomination for best visual effects on Back to the Future II.

Ralston's career began at the seminal commercial animation and visual effects company, Cascade Pictures in Hollywood, where he worked on more than 150 memorable advertising campaigns in the early 1970s. He built sets, sculpted models, animated puppets, created optical effects and stop motion animation for such iconic commercial characters as Poppin' Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, and The Jolly Green Giant.

Previous winners of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award have included James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall & Kathleen Kennedy and Sir Ridley Scott.

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the visual effects industry’s professional global honorary society, named acclaimed producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production Victoria Alonso as the next recipient of its Visionary Award in recognition of her enormous contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 15th Annual VES Awards on February 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

The VES Visionary Award, bestowed by the VES Board of Directors, recognizes an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.  VES will honor Alonso for her dedication to the industry and advancement of unforgettable storytelling through visual effects. 

Alonso is currently executive producing James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.  In her executive role, she oversees post-production and visual effects for the studio slate. She executive produced Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, Shane Black's Iron Man 3, as well as Marvel’s The Avengers for Joss Whedon. She co-produced Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Alonso’s career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry, when she served as a commercial VFX producer. From there, she VFX-produced numerous feature films, working with such directors as Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Andrew Adamson (Shrek), to name a few.

Over the years, Alonso’s dedication to the industry has been admired and her achievements recognized. Alonso was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Visual Effects Society Summit, where she exemplified her role as an advocate for women in the visual effects industry. In 2015, she was an honoree of the New York Women in Film & Television’s Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement.  This past January she was presented with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Harold Lloyd Award and was recently named to Variety’s 2016 Power of Women L.A. Impact Report, which spotlights creatives and executives who've ‘rocked’ the industry in the past year.

“Victoria has elevated visual effects as an integral element of the art and business of moviemaking,” said Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair. “She is an amazing creative force and powerhouse producer, whose unique vision has delivered some of the most popular movie franchises of all time.  Her leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and she has helped redefine the profile of visual effects on a global scale.  We are very proud to honor such an exemplary role model with the VES Visionary Award.”

Previous winners of the VES Visionary Award have been Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Alfonso Cuarón, J.J. Abrams and Syd Mead.

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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.

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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

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

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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
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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.