VFX giant Rhythm & Hues had been in business for 25 years when the company suddenly folded on February 11, 2013, filing bankruptcy proceedings and immediately laying off hundreds of employees. The studio's collapse came at a highly improbable time: Rhythm & Hues had recently completed work on Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," a vfx-driven film that ultimately grossed more than $611 million worldwide. Remarkably, little more than a week after filing Chapter 11, the bankrupt VFX studio was awarded one of the highest honors in entertainment: the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
There's no doubt that filmmaking is an art form, but it's one which rests squarely on the shoulders of technology. Without the individuals who build on and re-imagine filmmaking technology, the cinematic experience wouldn't be the dynamic, ever-evolving thrill audiences have come to expect.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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