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Academy Honors Scientific & Technical Film Achievements
By Kristy Barkan. Interviews by Lindsay Coryne. Photography by Erin LK Reeve, except where otherwise noted.
Visual Effects Artists Take Center Stage
By Kristy Barkan, photography by Erin LK Reeve

It's rare for visual effects artists to find themselves the focus of attention at a red carpet gala, despite the ever-increasing importance of effects in film and television. Unaccustomed to the chaos of flashing bulbs and chattering shutters, many of the nominees at the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards on Wednesday, February 12, were understandably flustered as they approached the array of lights and cameras skirting the VES red carpet.

Director Alfonso Cuarón Honored by Visual Effects Society

Gravity. Copyright © 2013 Warner Bros.

Today, the Visual Effects Society announced director Alfonso Cuarón as the recipient of its prestigious Visionary Award. Cuarón was selected for his remarkable achievements in the field of cinematic arts, not the least of which being his pivotal role in the creation of the year's most celebrated film, Gravity.

10 Finalists Announced in the VFX Oscar Race

Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is one of the VFX Oscars contenders. Image Copyright © 2013 Warner Bros. 

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the titles of the 10 films that remain in the running for the 86th Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. 

Visual Effects Society Awards Submission Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submissions to the prestigious Visual Effects Society's 12th Annual VES Awards is rapidly approaching. November 22 is the cutoff to upload work for award consideration.

There are 24 categories under which work may be submitted:

Highlights From the 2013 Visual Effects Society Summit

On Oct. 26, the Visual Effects Society convened its annual summit. Attendees included many of the biggest names in visual effects and film production, all of whom brought unique perspectives on an industry that has seen much turmoil as late.

John Dykstra to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary visual effects artist John Dykstra is soon to receive a formal acknowledgement of his contribution to the VFX industry. On February 12, 2014, the Visual Effects Society Board of Directors will present him with the prestigious VES Lifetime Achievement Award.

A hero to many budding visual effects artists, Dykstra has received numerous awards for his work over his 40-plus year career. Dykstra's visual effects artistry and technical supervision can be seen in many of America's most celebrated films, including “Star Wars,”  “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and "Spiderman."

The World Animation and VFX Summit

THE WORLD ANIMATION AND VFX SUMMIT returns to Marina Del Rey on November 3, for three days of panels, screenings, discussions and networking with a global array of high-level animation and visual effects professionals. 

 

Visual Effects Society Summit Roundtable Discussions Announced

Today, the Visual Effects Society announced 12 Business Roundtable Discussions set for its 5th annual Summit, “A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution.” The daylong interactive forum on October 26 at the W Hotel Hollywood will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines in an atmosphere akin to TE

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