'Life of Pi' Continues Tech Surge at Visual Effects Society Awards

'Life of Pi' Continues Tech Surge at Visual Effects Society Awards
The big winner at the Visual Effects Society Awards with four wins was Ves visonary award-winner Ang Lee and his "Life of Pi," which both earned standing ovations at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday night. "They said it was unfilmable," recalled accepting winner Bill Westenhofer of Rhythm & Hues. Another big winner was "Brave," which swept the four top animated feature categories. As for star presence, although Harrison Ford presented the life achievement award to veteran VFX master Richard Edlund, who met him 37 years ago on the first "Star Wars," and Oscar nominee Naomi Watts presented the evening's last awards for best animated VFX to "Brave" and live action VFX to "Life of Pi," the star of the evening with this group was presenter Andy Serkis, of Gollum fame. Lee graciously recalled the training that Ilm VFX Master Dennis Muren gave him on "Hulk," and how he gradually came to understand the VFX.
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