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7 items from 2014

Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society Awards

13 February 2014 10:03 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday night, the Visual Effect Society held their 12th annual awards show, and surprising no one, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar hopeful Gravity was the big winner. The film took home six Ves awards, making it by far the dominant feature on display. This obviously furthers the chances of it taking home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but we can all agree that it was already pretty much a lock to win there. The only other feature competing in that category that made any dent at the awards was The Lone Ranger, which won Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. As for Gravity’s half dozen wins, they were in the categories of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture (their version of Best Picture, basically), Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, »

- Joey Magidson

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'Gravity,' 'Frozen' Big Ves Awards Winners

13 February 2014 5:13 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As expected, Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-contending "Gravity" dominated the 12th annual Ves Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney's "Frozen" juggernaut went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio). "Gravity"'s dazzling technical prowess also encompassed live action environment (exterior), live action virtual cinematography, feature models (Iss exterior), live action FX and simulation animation (parachute and Iss destruction) and feature compositing. "One of the great things about this movie is everything coming together and everyone working together," remarked Framestore's VFX supervisor Tim Webber backstage. He also acknowledged that there was no line at all between cinematography and VFX, speaking on behalf of co-winner and Oscar frontrunner Emmanuel ("Chivo") Lubezki, who was unable to attend. Co-winners for virtual cinematography Richard McBride and »

- Bill Desowitz

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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards

13 February 2014 1:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gravity earns six prizes, Frozen four at 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards.

It was a big night for two of the dominant films of the awards season as the prizes were handed out in Los Angeles on February 12.

Film category winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture


(Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture

The Lone Ranger

(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture


(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug


(Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life

(Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

14 January 2014 6:41 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing, »

- Jeff Beck

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‘Gravity’ Leads With 8 Ves Awards Nominations; ‘Pacific Rim’ Nabs 6

14 January 2014 3:09 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Los Angeles (January 14, 2014) – Today, the Visual Effects Society (Ves), the industry’s professional honorary society, announced the nominees for the 12th Annual Ves Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life. Nominees were selected by Ves members via concurrent events in Los Angeles and within the eight Global Ves Sections – New York, Bay Area, New Zealand, Sydney, United Kingdom, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The Ves Awards will be held on February 12th at the Beverly Hilton. “The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to tell the most amazing stories imaginable,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, Ves Chair. “This year, more than ever, we have seen the fantastic become normal, the unimaginable become reality and the »


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‘Gravity’ Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations

14 January 2014 1:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Visual Effects Society has announced this year’s nominees for the 12th annual VES awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón for “Gravity,” which led all films with eight vfx nominations. “Pacific Rim” received six, while “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Iron Man 3” received five each.

Those pics were nominated in the “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature” category. In a surprise, “The Lone Ranger” was nominated in feature supporting vfx. Disney’s disastrous Western was quite f/x-driven, though many of its effects were in-camera practical f/x, which aren’t a major focus for the Ves. Other supporting effects nominees include ”Rush,” “The Great Gatsby,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “White House Down.”

Nobable omissions from the top category include “Man of Steel” (which got 2 nominations), “The Wolverine, »

- Francesca Bacardi

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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods

14 January 2014 2:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) delivered no surprises on January 14 as it announced the nominations for the 12th Annual Ves Awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón, and The Lifetime Achievement Award to effects pioneer John Dykstra.

The 12th Annual Ves Awards Ceremony will take place on February 12 in Los Angeles.

The feature film nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

GravityTim Webber, Nikki Penny, Chris Lawrence, Richard Mcbride

Iron Man 3Christopher Townsend, Mark Soper, Guy Williams, Bryan Grill

Pacific RimJohn Knoll, Susan Greenhow, Chris Raimo, Hal Hickel

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Luke O’Byrne, Ron Ames, Ben Grossman

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of SmaugJoe Letteri, Eric Saindon, Kevin Sherwood, David Clayton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

RushJody Johnson, Moriah Etherington-Sparks, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau

The Great GatsbyChris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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