Below are a list of VES Committees. Please click on the plus icon to the left of the committee to expand it. When a section is expanded, you can click on the minus icon to close it. If you have any questions or are interested in joining a committee please email the Chair(s) directly. Any further questions, please email us at info@visualeffectssociety.com

Archives Committee

Mission or Purpose:

The purpose of the archives committee is to preserve the history of our craft and our society by collecting materials and knowledge related to the industry and working with other organizations to promote the understanding of the visual effects art form.

Current Projects:
  • Build physical research library on-site at VES office by end of 2008
  • Develop methodology to deliver research library benefit to memberships
  • Continue oral history project
  • Archiving of VES events
  • Possible archives partnerships with other organizations.

Chairs

Gene Kozicki (Co-Chair)

Committee Members

Peter Anderson
Bill Ball
Craig Barron
Steve Blasini
Colin Campbell
Harrison Ellenshaw
Rob Engle
Brian Gee
Marshall Krasser
Van Ling
Diane Piepol
Gene Rizzardi
Richard Winn Taylor II
Matt Walters

Awards Committee

Mission or Purpose:

This Awards program provides insight into and knowledge of the field of visual effects for peers, practitioners, students, and the industry. It is your chance to inform the world of what you do with our art and science. To challenge and inspire – as well as the new up and coming generation of visual effects artists – to step in, step up and imagine a new world!

Current Projects:
  • Plan, design and produce the Annual VES Awards show along with all the necessary graphics, programs, marketing, location sites, catering search, technical show production, etc.
  • Accepting submissions online for the first time in VES history.
  • Held nominating events in London, Bay Area, Australia, New York, New Zealand, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Sections of the VES concurrently with the nominating event in LA as part of the VES’ continuing commitment to involve the international visual effects community in all its activities.
  • The submission rules have been split into 2 documents, Policies and Rules & Procedures, both available online.
  • Implement new technologies to accomplish this event, which would allow more members to participate in the online view and vote.

Chairs

Bob Coleman (Chair)
Chuck Finance (Co-Chair)
Committee Members

Katie Brillhart
Stephen Chiu

Emma Clifton Perry

Dave Gouge
David Johnson

Kim Lavery, VES
Sarah McGee
Reid Paul
Mike Ramirez
Olun Riley

Daniel Rosen

Martin Rushworth

Lopsie Schwartz

Dennis Serras

Richard Winn Taylor II, VES

Lance Thornton
 

Committee Consultants

Jeffrey A. Okun

Benefits Committee

Mission or Purpose:

The Benefits Committee is a standing committee charged with leveraging the membership of the Visual Effects Society for member benefits such as discounts and access to/for business services, industry publications, events, screenings and access to educational opportunities. The committee will also continue to explore prospects, track any and all developments in the area of healthcare or supplemental healthcare and regularly communicate to the membership as to all available benefits via the VES Web site, VES eBlasts, and by direct mail.

Chairs

Andres Martinez (Co-Chair)

Committee Members

Kathryn Brillhart
Joan Collins
Debbie Denise
Rob Engle
Sari Gennis
Dennis Hoffman
Pam Hogarth
Richard Kidd
Van Ling
Jeffrey A. Okun, VES
Barry Sandrew
Tim Sassoon
Richard Winn Taylor II, VES

Business Labor & Law Committee

Mission or Purpose:

To develop fair, reasonable and beneficial standards for the VFX industry practices. And to encourage their acceptance and use amongst the membership and the VFX business community on a voluntary basis.

Chairs

Bob Coleman (Co-Chair)
Ray Scalice (Co-Chair)

Committee Members

Mike Chambers
Dennis Hoffman
Charlie Iturriaga
Gregory Lemkin
Andres Martinez
Jim Riche
Stan Szymanski
Will Wira

Education Committee

Mission or Purpose:

The VES Education Committee is dedicated to creating events that promote continuing education, professional development and enrichment for our members. Education and development are a life long process. We are here to provide tools and resources to help VES members advance their careers from a creative, business and social perspective.

Co-Chairs

Pam Hogarth (Co-Chair)

Committee Members

Julie Anne Brame
Colin Campbell
Glenn Campbell
Dayne Cowan
Dariush Derakhshani
Benoit Doidic
Art Durinski
Mark Farquhar
Brent George
Martin Hall
David Johnson
Randal Kleiser
Gene Kozicki
Michael Lawler
Gresham Lochner
Barbara McCullough
Tim McLaughlin
Mark Noland
Toni Pace Carstensen
Linda Siegel
Stan Szymanski
Dmitry Tokoyakov

Handbook Ad Hoc Committee

Mission or Purpose:

The intention of the Committee is to create and publish a handbook of visual effects under the VES brand. The book should have valuable information that applies to all levels of our field, including but not limited to techniques and technical approaches.

Chairs

Jeffrey A. Okun (Co-Chair)
Susan Zwerman (Co-Chair)

Membership Committee

Mission or Purpose:

The Membership Committee is a permanent standing committee of the Society, as specified in the by-laws. The Membership Committee’s primary purpose is to review applicants for membership, and make recommendations to the VES Board of Directors regarding admission of the applicants to the society. The Board of Directors retains the rights to admit or reject applicants into the society.

Current Projects:
  • Twice-yearly review of applicants resulting in recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Monitoring and updating the application forms and procedures.
  • Monitoring and maintaining the endorsement guidelines
  • Monitoring and making recommendations for membership admission requirements and procedures.
  • Monitoring the society’s desire for growth, as applied to membership count and upcoming applications.
  • Monitoring the “welcome package” – what the new member receives upon acceptance – recommending any changes, updates, or improvements that might be needed or desired.

Chairs

Susan Thurmond O'Neal (Co-Chair)
Mike Chambers (Co-Chair)

Committee Members

Ronald Moore
Mark Stetson
Minah Worley
Jason Bath
Greg Butler
Mark Casey
Ian Cope
Lynda Thompson
Eric Gervais-Despres
Elizabeth Hitt
David Johnson
Mathew Krentz
Jacques Levesque
Ken Maruyama
Andres Martinez
Dennis Michelson
John Richardson

Outreach Committee

Mission or Purpose

  • To help qualified and interested VFX professionals, in regions where there are few or no members, to become VES Members by helping them secure the required endorsements from current VES Members.
  • To help young growing regions, that aspire to become VES Sections, to grow to reach the necessary membership numbers to do so .
  • To reach out to the Animation and Gaming professionals everywhere to make them aware of the value we place on them, how we see them to be of the same stuff as our current VFX membership and to show them how the VES is as relevant to them as all the other crafts we already represent.

Chair

Tim McGovern (Chair)

Technology Committee

Mission or Purpose

The Visual Effects Society Technology Committee exists to establish industry best practices to enable VFX clients and vendors to collaborate more efficiently. The Technology Committee works on several projects at a time and selects projects that are outward facing, increase the visibility of the VES, and items we can accomplish in roughly a 12 month time-frame. Visit the Technology Committee Activities Page for more details

Chair

Sebastian Sylwan

Committee Members

Nick Cannon
Francois Chardavoine
Haarm-Pieter Duiker
Ray Feeney
Steve May
Jean-Francois Panisset
Sam Richards
Michele Sciolette
Jordan Soles

VES Summit Committee

Mission or Purpose
The VES Summit Committee plans and executes the annual VES Summit. 

Chairs

Rita Cahill (Chair)

Committee Members

Jeff Barnes
Sharon Berlin
Bob Coleman
Warren Franklin
Ruth Hauer
Pam Hogarth
Ken Maruyama
Julie Miller
Jeffery A. Okun
Colin Ritchie
Randy Starr
Richard Winn Taylor II

Vision Committee

Mission or Purpose

The Vision Committee is committed to exploring artistic, technical and business frontiers to find creative andcommercial opportunities for VES members in the evolving future of entertainment and beyond.

Chair

Toni Pace Carstensen

Committee Members

Jeff Barnes
Mat Beck
Brooke Breton
Kathryn Brillhart
Michael Fink
Shannon Gans
Eric Hanson
Adam Howard
Joel Hynek
Tom Kennedy
Gene Kozicki
Kim Lavery
Van Ling
Dan Novy
John Root
Carl Rosendahl
Scott Squires
David Tanaka
Bill Taylor, VES
Richard Wynn Taylor II, VES
Joseph Zaki