VES Announces Special 2019 Honorees

 

The VES announces the 2019 inductees into the VES Hall of Fame, the newest Lifetime and Honorary members and this year’s recipient of the VES Founders Award. The names of this year’s VES Fellows will be announced later. The honorees and Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at a special reception in October.  

“Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” said Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair. “We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

VES Hall of Fame

This distinction is bestowed upon a select group of professionals and pioneers who have played a significant role in advancing the field of visual effects by invention, science, contribution or avocation of the art, science, technology and/or communications.

Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, TV and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced a score of innovations in the field of animation.  As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 26 Oscars.  His creative vision gave rise to the groundbreaking theme park Disneyland and Disney Brothers Cartoon Studios, the origin of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. His filmography includes SPARTACUS, LOLITA, DR. STRANGELOVE, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Academy Award winner for Best Special Visual Effects), A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and THE SHINING.  All of Stanley Kubrick's films from PATHS OF GLORY until the end of his career, except for THE SHINING, were nominated for Academy Awards or Golden Globe Awards.

Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher and producer.  He became Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry. In collaboration with others at Marvel, he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes SPIDER-MAN, THE X-MEN, IRON MAN, THOR, THE HULK, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, BLACK PANTHER, DAREDEVIL, DOCTOR STRANGE, SCARLET WITCH and ANT-MAN. Lee was an inductee into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame, and a recipient of NEA's National Medal of Arts as well as the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Founders Award Recipient

Awarded to any individual member of the VES who has significantly contributed to the success of the VES.

Susan Thurmond O'Neal

Susan Thurmond O’Neal joined the VES in the late 1990s and has served as a member of its global Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. For many years, she served as the Chair for the global Education Committee and currently chairs the Membership Committee – and she has been instrumental in the work to grow the Society by leading the bi-annual membership review and approval process. 

O'Neal is currently a recruiter for BLT Recruiting, Inc and has worked as an Operations Manager at The Mill, Operations Director at Escape Studios in Los Angeles and as an Account Manager at Side Effects Software, Inc.  She started her career in visual effects at Digital Domain in 1993, where she worked in finance and operations before turning to production.  O’Neal’s credits include T2: 3D – BATTLE ACROSS TIME, TITANIC, THE ITALIAN JOB, WEST WING, DEUCE BIGALOW 2: EUROPEAN GIGOLO as well as a host of music videos, commercials and other works.

 

Lifetime Member

Awarded for meritorious service to the Society, the industry and for furthering the interests and values of visual effects artists around the world.

Michael Fink, VES

Michael Fink began working in film on THE CHINA SYNDROME.  He was hooked, and worked on films such as STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE and BLADE RUNNER before becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor on WAR GAMES (BAFTA Nomination).  He has since worked on THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, BATMAN RETURNS (Academy Award and BAFTA nominations), BRAVEHEART, MARS ATTACKS!, X-MEN, X-MEN 2, THE GOLDEN COMPASS (VES Award nomination, BAFTA and Academy Award winner), AVATAR, TRON: LEGACY, TREE OF LIFE and LIFE OF PI.

Fink directed the first Coca-Cola Polar Bear spot in 1993, which was one of the earliest widely seen examples of 3D fur on a CG creature. Fink is a founding member of the Visual Effects Society and a former VES Board Member.  He is a member of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has served on the Executive Committee.  He is currently a Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and Chair of the Division of Film and Television Production.  He holds the Georges Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

 

Honorary Member

Awarded for exemplary contributions to the entertainment industry at large, and for furthering the interests and values of visual effects practitioners around the world.

Mike Brodersen

Mike Brodersen is one of the owners of FotoKem, currently serving as its Chief Strategy Officer. Thanks to Brodersen, FotoKem has been a valuable longtime partner with the VES, including serving as the Los Angeles site for the VES Awards nomination events for many years. 

In his 25-year tenure at the company, Brodersen has helped incubate services including film scanning and recording, digital intermediate, digital restoration, software development and file-based dailies. Established in 1963 and one of the last remaining full service film laboratories in the world, FotoKem provides color grading, digital imaging, VFX, graphics, audio, and a variety of other post-production services from dailies through finishing.  In recent years, the company has been able to provide post-production, imaging and VFX support services on titles like ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, AQUAMAN, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, DUNKIRK, VICE, GREEN BOOK, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, BETTER CALL SAUL and HOMELAND. 

 

VES Fellows

A VES Fellow is a member who has maintained an outstanding reputation and who has made exceptional achievements and sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects, as well as enabling members’ careers and promoting community worldwide for a period of not less than ten years within the last twenty years. 

 

Neil Corbould, VES

Neil Corbould, VES began his career in special effects in 1978 as a trainee on SUPERMAN. Working his way up through the years, he worked on some of the most memorable movies of their time including, THE ELEPHANT MAN, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL, CLIFFHANGER and LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL. In 1995, Corbould supervised his first movie, THE FIFTH ELEMENT alongside Nick Alder. Corbould went on to supervise some classic films, including SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (BAFTA Award), GLADIATOR (Academy Award), BLACK HAWK DOWN, GRAVITY (Academy, VES and BAFTA Award), and ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Academy and BAFTA nominations).
 
Corbould has been a member of the VES since its inception and was instrumental in helping reinstate the special effects award back into the forthcoming 18th Annual VES Awards. Corbould also served on the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences executive committee, working to keep special effects at the forefront of modern day film production.
 
Neil Corbould, VES began his career in special effects in 1978 as a trainee on SUPERMAN. Working his way up through the years, he worked on some of the most memorable movies of their time including, THE ELEPHANT MAN, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL, CLIFFHANGER and LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL. In 1995, Corbould supervised his first movie, THE FIFTH ELEMENT alongside Nick Alder. Corbould went on to supervise some classic films, including SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (BAFTA Award), GLADIATOR (Academy Award), BLACK HAWK DOWN, GRAVITY (Academy, VES and BAFTA Award), and ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Academy and BAFTA nominations).
 
Corbould has been a member of the VES since its inception and was instrumental in helping reinstate the special effects award back into the forthcoming 18th Annual VES Awards. Corbould also served on the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences executive committee, working to keep special effects at the forefront of modern day film production.
 
 

Harrison Ellenshaw, VES 

Harrison Ellenshaw, VES was an original member of the VES Board of Directors; he has served two terms on the VES board. He is also a recipient of the VES Founders Award.
 
His credits as a matte artist and a visual effects supervisor include work on THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, STAR WARS, BIG WEDNESDAY, THE BLACK HOLE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, TRON, DICK TRACY, and DAVE.
 
During the 1980s Ellenshaw headed up several different independent visual effects companies, including Triple DDD which created 3-D effects for the Disney theme park film CAPTAIN EO directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas. Ellenshaw also founded Olsen, Lane & White, which was created to provide the effects for SUPERMAN IV – THE QUEST FOR PEACE
 
From 1990 to 1996, Ellenshaw managed Disney’s independent effects facility Buena Vista Visual Effects, which created effects for over 35 films, including non-Disney films WILDER NAPALM, THE PHANTOM, and ESCAPE FROM L.A.
 
Ellenshaw is a recipient of the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and an Academy Award nomination for THE BLACK HOLE.

 

 

Susan Zwerman, VES 

Susan Zwerman, VES has been a member of the VES since 1998. A successful Visual Effects Producer, her credits include BROKEN ARROW, ALIEN RESURRECTION, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, and THE GUARDIAN.  She frequently acts as a VFX consultant doing VFX breakdowns, budgets and schedules for major studios. 
 
Zwerman is currently the Studio Executive Producer for Exceptional Minds, a nonprofit school and studio that prepares young adults on the Autism Spectrum for careers in digital animation and visual effects. She has provided these artists opportunities to work on high-profile feature films such as AVENGERS: ENDGAME, BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, GREEN BOOK and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
 
As Chair of the DGA’s UPM/AD VFX Digital Technology Committee, Zwerman emphasizes the importance of the visual effects teams to DGA members at VFX seminars organized under her guidance. During her previous two years on the VES Board, she worked to create many successful seminars.  In 2013, Zerman received the Frank Capra Achievement Award in recognition of her career and service to the industry and the Directors Guild of America.  She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
Zwerman is the co-editor of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, published in 2010 and 2014, and is currently working with Jeffrey A. Okun, VES on the 3rd edition of the handbook, to be published in the summer of 2020. 
 

 

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