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03 Jul 2014
VES Releases First-Ever VFX Software Reference Platform
Tags: Software, Visual Effects

The Visual Effects Society has just announced its involvement in a groundbreaking project: the creation of a reference platform for VFX software development. Called, quite simply, the 'VFX Reference Platform,' its purpose is to minimize incompatibilities between different VFX software packages and encourage further adoption of Linux by VFX software vendors.

Some background on the project from the VFX Reference Platform website:


04 Apr 2014
Visual Effects: The True Magic of Game of Thrones
Tags: Television, Visual Effects
By Kristy Barkan

Forget the Old Gods, the Drowned God, the Seven, and the Lord of Light; the magic of Westeros is far more complex than the conjurings of deities. It's a special type of alchemy so powerful, it can transform ones and zeros into fire-breathing dragons, sea-battered castles and legions of shuffling undead. The true magic of "Game of Thrones" is its visual effects.


NYC Animation and Post Industry Spotlight
Tags: Animation, chapters, Visual Effects

The ACM SIGGRAPH NYC chapter's Twelfth Annual Industry Spotlight will feature animation and post-production facilities from the NYC metropolitan area. Presenters will share a bit about their company, show some recent work and discuss future projects. It's one of the chapter's most popular events each year.


01 Apr 2014
NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Presents Industry Spotlight 2014
Tags: Animation, chapters, Visual Effects

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH will host the twelfth annual Industry Spotlight at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Midtown Manhattan. One of the chapter's most popular events, the Industry Spotlight provides NYC animation and post-production professionals an opportunity to learn more about the facilities that operate in the metropolitan area.


17 Feb 2014
Academy Honors Scientific & Technical Film Achievements
Tags: Awards, Film, Visual Effects
By Kristy Barkan. Interviews by Lindsay Coryne. Photography by Erin LK Reeve, except where otherwise noted.

13 Feb 2014
Visual Effects Artists Take Center Stage
Tags: Awards, Visual Effects
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.


23 Dec 2013
Director Alfonso Cuarón Honored by Visual Effects Society
Tags: Awards, Film, Visual Effects

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.


05 Dec 2013
10 Finalists Announced in the VFX Oscar Race
Tags: Awards, Film, Visual Effects

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. 


08 Nov 2013
Visual Effects Society Awards Submission Deadline Approaching
Tags: Awards, Film, 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:


29 Oct 2013
Highlights From the 2013 Visual Effects Society Summit
Tags: conference, Visual Effects

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.


24 Oct 2013
John Dykstra to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award
Tags: Visual Effects

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
Tags: Animation, conference, Visual Effects

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. 

 


07 Oct 2013
Visual Effects Society Summit Roundtable Discussions Announced
Tags: conference, Visual Effects

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


2013 VES Summit
Tags: conference, Visual Effects

The VFX industry is in a state of turnaround. The Summit has traditionally looked at the broader view of the industry and this year will be no exception. The 2013 VES Summit will feature industry creatives and executives from innovative production/distribution outlets looking for new ideas and projects. We will look into opportunities for those interested in creating their own IP/content/apps and/or feature new media companies. We’ll hear from top industry insiders who have carved out their own niche on being successful in content creation. An educational day on what is a new reality. 


04 Oct 2013
2013 VES Summit to Address the Changing Reality of the VFX Industry
Tags: conference, Visual Effects

For the past five years, the Visual Effects Society has convened an annual summit for VFX industry professionals. Last year's summit was entitled "Evolution," in recognition of the rapidly evolving landscape of the visual effects industry.

This year's summit, dubbed "A New Reality," will take place on October 26 at the W Hotel in Hollywood.


DigiPro 2013
Tags: Animation, conference, Research, Sponsored, Visual Effects

Computer graphics research and technology have made immense progress in the last few decades. At the same time, industries have developed to incorporate these results into the production of breathtaking digital imagery.


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