Upcoming Events

VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's and Blue Sky Studios' FERDINAND

Please RSVP below
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:30AM
(RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Friday, December 15)
Blakely Theater on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot
10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606
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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.

VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's and Blue Sky Studios' FERDINAND

Please RSVP below
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:30PM
(RSVPs will close at 12:00PM on Friday, December 15)
Blakely Theater on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot
10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606
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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.

New York VES Members and Their Families are Invited to a 3D Screening of 20th Century Fox's and BlueSky Studios' FERDINAND

Please RSVP below
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00PM
SVA Theater at the School of Visual Arts
333 W. 23rd Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenue) New York, NY 10011
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Screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. Please be sure to bring your VES membership card. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. An RSVP does not guarantee seating.

Welcome all members to the inaugral meetup and christmas party for the Visual Effects Society -  India section.

Come and enjoy the first privileged event exclusively for the members along with all Christmas festivites !

Kindly RSVP to vesindiasection@gmail.com

 

VES Members and Their Families are Invited to a Pre-Release Screening of 20th Century Fox's THE POST

Please RSVP below
(RSVPs close at 12:00PM on Friday, December 15)
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:00PM
Zanuck Theater on the 20th Century Fox Studio lot
10201 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606
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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.

Vancouver VES Members and Their Guests are Invited to an Opening Weekend Screening of Walt Disney Pictures' and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI plus a live interactive Q&A.

Panelists will include Writer/Director Rian Johnson, ILM San Francisco Visual Effects Supervisor Eddie Pasquarello, ILM Vancouver Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Seddon, Cinematographer Steve Yedlin, ASC and Editor Bob Ducsay with moderation by VES Chair Mike Chambers. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12:00PM
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, #VESLASTJEDI, 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 Guests (21 Years and Older) are Invited to an Opening Weekend Screening of Walt Disney Pictures' and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI plus a live interactive Q&A.

Panelists will include Writer/Director Rian Johnson, ILM San Francisco Visual Effects Supervisor Eddie Pasquarello, ILM Vancouver Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Seddon, Cinematographer Steve Yedlin, ASC and Editor Bob Ducsay with moderation by VES Chair Mike Chambers. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12:00PM

The Big Picture Theater
2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
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, #VESLASTJEDI, 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 an Opening Weekend Screening of Walt Disney Pictures' and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI plus a Q&A.
Panelists will include Writer/Director Rian Johnson, ILM San Francisco Visual Effects Supervisor Eddie Pasquarello, ILM Vancouver Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Seddon, Cinematographer Steve Yedlin, ASC and Editor Bob Ducsay with moderation by VES Chair Mike Chambers. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
(RSVPs close at 12:00PM on Friday, December 15)
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 12:00PM
Walt Disney Studios Main Theater
500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91451

(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 Guests are Invited to an Opening Weekend Screening of Walt Disney Pictures' and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI plus a live interactive Q&A.

Panelists will include Writer/Director Rian Johnson, ILM San Francisco Visual Effects Supervisor Eddie Pasquarello, ILM Vancouver Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Seddon, Cinematographer Steve Yedlin, ASC and Editor Bob Ducsay with moderation by VES Chair Mike Chambers. (All panelists' participation based on availability.)

Please RSVP below
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3:00PM
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, #VESLASTJEDI, 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

Recent Announcements

 

 

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. 
To continue reading the white paper visit www.math.ucla.edu

Company News

Neil Blomkamp opens Vancouver Studio
It’s been an eventful two years since Neill Blomkamp’s last film, Chappie, hit theaters. He spent part of that time working to develop a fifth installment of the Alien franchise, only to have it overtaken by Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. At the same time, he directed an installment of BMW’s The Hire series, starring Clive Owen, and signed on to help write and direct an adaptation of Thomas Sweterlitsch’s upcoming novel The Gone World.
For more information visit theverge.com

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.

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

 

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

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.

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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.

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

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
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.