This award is to honor the overall achievement of the invisible or near-invisible visual effects within a single Episode of a Photoreal (i.e., live action) Series, Mini-Series or Special wherein the visual effects are highly influential to the visual storytelling, but do not play a protagonist role moving the plot forward. Supporting visual effects are generally used to help create the setting, environment, or mood of the series and may include extensive recreations of realistic historical settings. They may include set or lighting changes, CG or practical real vehicles, naturalistic alterations to actors, limited naturalistic action sequences and destruction, and supporting CG performances limited to those that help create the setting, environment, or mood of the film (i.e. background elements). Limited naturalistic action sequences and destruction are allowed only if they are not critical to the story. Fantasy and Science Fiction series whose stories cannot be told without the active participation of extensive digital effects, Special Effects, effects-enhanced stunts, practical effects, heavily altered characters, or nonhuman CG characters – are NOT permitted to enter in this category.

Effects-driven series may not enter their “invisible” effects in this category. Supporting visual effects are generally the type of work that, when viewed by the general public, are not recognized by the untrained eye.

The Awards Committee reserves the right to require that a project be moved to Category 4 if it is determined to be effects-driven by a vote of the Committee. If the Submitter does not wish to change the Category, the entry will be disqualified.

 

QUALIFYING PROJECTS

A single Episode of a Photoreal, Visual-Effects-Driven Series, Mini-Series, Movie, or Special, intended for Broadcast or Streaming

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Slot 1: the overall VFX Supervisor

Slot 2: the overall VFX Producer

Slot 3: open to any significant effects contributor

Slot 4: open to any significant effects contributor

Slot 5: the overall Special Effects Coordinator/Supervisor (if the practical effects played a prominent role in the project. No exceptions.)

 

HOW MANY ENTRIES MAY BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS PROJECT?

Only ONE submission per Episode is allowed in the General Categories. Submissions may combine the work of several facilities in one entry. Submitters should consult with the overall VFX Supervisor or VFX Producer to avoid conflicting entries. Multiple episodes from the same Series or Mini-Series will only be allowed if the submitted teams, including the overall VFX Supervisor and VFX Producer, are entirely different.

 

WHAT SHOULD BE UPLOADED?

Work to Be Considered Length: 2:00 Max.*

Before & Afters Length: 2:00 Max.*

Optional Supporting Material PDF: 1:00 reading time

Submission format: DNxHD36 (aka DNxHD LB 8-bit) video: 8-bit 1920 x 1080p 23.98 fps, audio: 16-bit 44.1KHz. No exceptions.

*Not including the length of slates

 

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DATES?

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Monday, November 5, 2018

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:59PM PST

 

 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY FEES?

$460. Use vouchers where applicable.

 

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT?

Submissions may only be made through this VES Awards website by following the directions below.

 

 

EXCEPTIONS AND PETITIONS

Exceptions to the rules may be requested by petition. The Awards Committee considers all petitions on their merits and may grant them at its sole discretion. Submit petitions by clicking on the “Petition Committee” link on the Submission Form.

 

 

HOW DO I GET SUPPORT?

Questions about these Awards should be directed to awards@visualeffectssociety.com.

Technical questions about submitting should be directed to vesawards@sohonet.com.

 

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