Upcoming Events

Join us again at the Lanes for some end of year Holiday wind down!

This year we'll be in the downstairs "Arena" area at the Lanes, with three lanes of bowling, pool tables, air hockey, racing simulators, drinks and some hearty nibbles.  Come let your hair down with your fellow VES members.  No need to form teams - the bowling lanes will have rolling games going on.

8pm, Saturday the 28th of November

The Lanes Bowling Lounge

234-238 Wakefield Street


Bay Area VES Members and a Guest are Invited to Attend the 2015 Bay Area Holiday Party!

Please RSVP below
day, December 8, 2015 at 5:00PM
Zynga Studios
699 8th Street., San Francisco, CA 94103
Click here for a map

VES Founders Award recipient and VES lifetime member Harrison Ellenshaw will be the guest of honor at a very special holiday celebration.  .

RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Monday, December 7, 2015.

FantaSea Yacht Club

4215 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292



Los Angeles-based VES members and a guest are invited to celebrate the holiday season, welcome the newest Los Angeles Section members, and close out our first year as a section at the fabulous FantaSea Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Dance the night away, eat and drink with fellow members and possibly go home with some awesome raffle or silent auction booty!  Full details can be found at the EventBrite event registration page.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Hello VES Vancouver Members,
We would like to cordially invite you to our VES Vancouver Christmas Mixer!
Dec 15th 7pm-Late, 2425 Cambie Street.  Great food will be provided along with festive drinks.
It would be great if you could attend, as we hope this can also be great oppurtunity for our local board to connect with our members and communicate our plans and discuss changes we see for the future.
Please RSVP by Dec 8th to social@vesvancouver.com
We look forward to seeing you!

VES Vancouver Board
You can reach out to the entire board at board@vesvancouver.com

For updates and contacts please visit the website link above.

Calling all VES NY Members!!  Save the Date!!  January 9, 2016
Please join us for the Annual VES Awards Judging Nomination Event, Saturday,  January 9th, 2016, at The Mill.
This is your opportunity to view and vote on the best VFX work in the world and to help decide the nominees for the 14th Annual VES Awards.  We are looking for as big a turnout as possible so please put this on your calendar and plan on joining us for one of the signature VES events of the year.
If you are ready to be part of this event and make a difference, please make sure to fill up and submit this application:



WHAT: Annual VES Awards Judging Nomination Event
WHEN: Saturday,  January 9th
WHERE: The Mill - 451 Broadway

The VES Awards take place on Feb 2nd (Feb 3rd NZ time).

As LA is a long way away we thought a post VES awards Bash could be a great way for the NZ section to celebrate the Awards.

Consider this as a save the date.

More details to come.



Recent Announcements

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.

The VES will be at this year's Imaging The Future symposium.
Held on the 8th and 9th of July in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Imaging The Future (ITF) is an interdisciplinary symposium offering professional conferences and masterclasses on digital images and their connection to visual arts and new technologies.
This year's speakers include visual effects supervisors and VES members Scott Squires and Miklos Kozary. Pixomondo's Sven Martin will also be on hand to present his VES Award-winning work on Game of Thrones.
Of particular note is a VFX case study on Edge of Tomorrow, featuring panelists Margaux Durand-Rival, Alexis Wasjbrot, Matt Kasmir and Eoin Greenham. The panel will be moderated by VES London Board Member Ean Carr.
Visit the Imaging The Future website for full program information and more details.


Imaging The Future is held alongside the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) - the Swiss event for fantastic films, Asian cinema and future images.
VES London Board Member Hitesh Bharadia will be in attendance as part of the festival's Imaging The Future Jury.
NIFFF runs from 4th to 12th July, 2014. Find out more at nifff.ch

Naomi Goldman, NLG Communications
T: 424-293-2113

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.

Ring in the NEW YEAR with new board members and new members. Mingle with your community and have a PINT on us! Come see what Toronto section has to offer - Networking, Screenings, Workshops, etc.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Flynns of Temple Bar
489 Kings Street West


Interested in becoming a VES Toronto section Board Member? Please email Christa Tazzeo Morson christa@spinvfx.com

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.