One Small Step for VES…

Welcome to the 1st Annual VES Awards. This is a proud moment for all of us within the Society, but equally important for all of those in the visual effects industry. Although this event is the culmination of nine years of vision and planning, it is just the first step in recognizing the artistic excellence in visual effects storytelling.

There are so many people who have contributed to this event, it is truly impossible to thank them all. From the Awards Committee to the Executive Committee to the Executive Director to the Office Staff to the Studios to the Visual Effects Companies to the Volunteers and, most importantly, to the Membership, I want to express my gratitude for all of your efforts. Your dedication and participation can clearly be defined by the integrity that has been given this most complex process.

But do the thanks really stop here? I think not. We owe much of our imagination to the great science fiction minds who have preceded us. From Leonardo da Vinci to Jules Verne to Frank Herbert to Isaac Asimov and all of the other great writers and dreamers of the world who have provided wonderful stories to stimulate the curiosity and imagination of the human race. And where do we draw the line between art & science, fiction & reality, dreaming & doing? Did the Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea foresee or foretell the nuclear powered submarines of today? Was Melies’ A Trip to the Moon fantasy or a glimpse into 1969 when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon?

Is it too far of a stretch to think that today when a director asks us to create images that no one has seen before…that, maybe, 100 hundred years or so into the future…these storytelling fantasies create future realities? Only time will tell.

Date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Location: 
Skirball Cultural Center. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

Highlights

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1st Annual VES Awards Highlights

Featuring VES Board Chair, Jim Morris, Astronaut, Col. (ret.) Rick Searfoss and visual effects legend, Douglas Trumbull.

Video Gallery

Watch the 1st Annual VES Awards in it's entirety below
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Photo Gallery

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Winners and Nominees

Below is the complete list of Winners and Nominees for the 1st Annual VES Awards. A sortable list for ALL years of VES Award winners / nominees can be found on the Previous VES Awards page.

Please click on the category to reveal the nominees and winners

Best Performance by an Actor in an Effects Film

Adaptation
  • Nicolas Cage
   
Men in Black II
  • Will Smith
   
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Winner
  • Andy Serkis
  • Elijah Wood
  • Sean Astin
   

Best Effects Art Direction in a Televised Program, Music Video, or Commercial

Adidas 'Mechanical Legs'
Winner
  • Eric Barba
  • Bernd Angerer
  • Jeff Julian
  • Feli di Giorgio
   
Linkin Park 'Points of Authority'
  • Andrew Orloff
  • Kristen Branan
  • Emile Smith
  • Kyle Toucher
   

Best Visual Effects in a Commercial

Adidas 'Mechanical Legs'
  • Eric Barba
  • Bernd Angerer
  • Jeff Julian
  • Feli di Giorgio
   
Blockbuster Entertainment 'Prima Donna'
  • Scott Souter
  • Frank Petzold
   
XBOX 'Mosquito'
Winner
  • William Bartlett
  • Andrew Daffy
  • Jake Mengers
  • Helen Mackenzie
   

Best Compositing in a Televised Program, Music Video, or Commercial

Adidas 'Mechanical Legs'
  • Eric Barba
  • Bernd Angerer
  • Jeff Julian
  • Feli di Giorgio
   
Dinotopia
Winner
  • Christian Manz
  • Pedro Sabrosa
  • Nicolas Cotta
  • Tor Bjorn
   
Firefly 'Serenity' Pilot
  • Loni Peristere
  • Emile Smith
  • Kristen Branan
  • Chris Jones
   

Best Character Animation in a Live Action Televised Program, Music Video, or Commerical

Blockbuster Entertainment 'Kung Fu'
  • Scott Souter
  • Frank Petzold
  • Eric Reynolds
  • Todd LaBonte
   
Dinotopia
Winner
  • Michael Eames
  • Quentin Miles
  • Dadi Einarsson
  • Ben White
   
Stargate SG-1 'Revelations'
  • James Tichenor
  • Craig Van Den Beggelaar
  • Kevin Little
  • Adam De Bosch Kemper
   

Best Special Effects in a Motion Picture

Die Another Day
  • Chris Corbould
   
The Lord of the Rings: 'The Two Towers'
Winner
  • Steve Ingram
  • Blair Foord
  • Rich Cordobes
  • Scott Harens
   

Best Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture

Die Another Day
  • John Richardson
   
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  • Brian Gernand
  • Russell Paul
  • Geoff Campbell
  • Jean Bolte
   
The Lord of the Rings: 'The Two Towers'
Winner
  • Richard Taylor
  • Paul Van Ommen
  • Matt Aitken
   

Best Matte Painting in a Televised Program, Music Video, or Commercial

Dinotopia
Winner
  • Daren Horley
  • Jason Horley
  • Craig Lyn
  • Martin McRae
   
The Man Who Saved Christmas
  • Mark Fordham
  • Ian Britton
  • Graham Cunningham
  • Gudrun Heinze
   

Best Visual Effects in a Television Miniseries, Movie, or Special

Dinotopia
Winner
  • Mike McGee
  • Tim Webber
  • Alec Knox
  • Ben Morris
   
James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck
  • Dean Lewis
   
Stephen King's Rose Red
  • Robin Griffin
  • Stuart Robertson
  • Dion Hatch
  • Nelson Sepulveda
   

Best Visual Effects in a Television Series

Dinotopia 'Marooned & Making Good'
  • Guy Hudson
  • Sharon Fitzgerald
  • Frazer Churchill
  • David Hulin
   
Enterprise 'Shockwave Part One'
  • Dan Curry
  • Ronald Moore
  • Liz Castro
   
Firefly 'Serenity' pilot
Winner
  • Emile Smith
  • Rocco Passionino
  • Loni Peristere
  • Kristen Branan
   

Best Models and Miniatures in a Televised Program, Music Video, or Commercial

Enterprise 'Dead Stop'
Winner
  • John Teska
  • Koji Kuramura
  • Pierre Drolet
  • Sean Scott
   
Gatorade 'Visitors'
  • Gatorade 'Visitors'
  • James Waterhouse
  • Scott Lukowski
  • Eric Coon
   
Stephen King's 'Rose Red'
  • Michael Joyce
   

Best Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Frida
  • Jeremy Dawson
  • Daniel Schrecker
   
Gangs of New York
  • Michael Owens
  • Camille Geier
  • Edward Hirsh
  • Jon Alexander
   
The Sum of all Fears
Winner
  • Glenn Neufeld
  • Derek Spears
  • Dan Malvin
  • Al Disarro
   

Best Matte Painting in a Motion Picture

Gangs of New York
  • Brett Northcutt
  • Ronn Brown
  • Mathieu Raynault
  • Evan Pontoriero
   
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
Winner
  • Paul Huston
  • Yusei Uesugi
  • Jonathan Harb
   
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Yanick Dusseault
  • Max Dennison
  • Roger Kupelian
  • Mathieu Raynault
   

Best Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture

Harry Potter 'Dobby's Face'
  • David Andrews
  • Steven Rawlins
  • Frank Gravatt
  • Doug Smythe
   
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  • Rob Coleman
  • Hal Hickel
  • Chris Armstrong
  • James Tooley
   
The Lord of the Rings: 'The Two Towers'
Winner
  • Richard Baneham
  • Eric Saindon
  • Ken McGaugh
  • Bay Raitt
   

Best Compositing in a Motion Picture

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 'Quidditch Match'
  • Barbara Brennan
  • Jay Cooper
  • Kimberly Lashbrook
  • Dorne Huebler
   
Minority Report
  • Scott Frankel
  • Patrick Jarvis
   
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Winner
  • Mark Lewis
  • GG Heitmann Demers
  • Alex Lemke
  • Alfred Murrle
   

Best Visual Effects in a Music Video

Linkin Park 'Points of Authority'
  • Emile Smith
  • Kyle Toucher
  • Andrew Orloff
  • Kristen Branan
   
So to Speak
Winner
  • Andrew Honacker
  • Steven Wagner
  • Sean Capone
  • Talon Nightshade
   
Will Smith 'Black Suits Comin''
  • Greg Strause
  • Colin Strause
   

Best Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Motion Picture

Men in Black II
  • John Berton
  • Tom Bertino
  • Bill Westenhofer
  • Erik Mattson
   
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  • John Knoll
  • Ben Snow
  • Pablo Helman
  • Rob Coleman
   
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Winner
  • Jim Rygiel
  • Joe Letteri
  • Randall William Cook
  • Alex Funke
   

Best Effects Art Direction in a Motion Picture

Minority Report
  • Alexander Laurant
  • Alex McDowell
   
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  • Alex Jaeger
  • Doug Chiang
  • Erik Tiemens
  • Ryan Church
   
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Winner
  • Alan Lee
  • Jeremy Bennett
  • Christian Rivers
  • Gino Acevedo
   

Best Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • James Baxter
   
Stuart Little 2
Winner
  • Tony Bancroft
  • David Schaub
  • Eric Armstrong
  • Sean Mullen
   

Best Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  • Patrick Sweeney
  • Marty Rosenberg
  • Carl Miller
  • Fred Meyers
   
Stuart Little 2
  • Earl Wiggins
  • Mark Vargo
  • Tom Houghton
  • Anna Foerster
   
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Winner
  • Alex Funke
  • Brian Van't Hul
  • Richard Bluck