Since it was established a decade ago in 1997, the Visual Effects Society (VES) has joined the ranks of the entertainment industry’s most respected guilds and societies. With 1500 members in 16 countries, the VES comprises a diverse group of artists, producers, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors and public relations/ marketing specialists who produce visual effects for film, television, video games, commercials, animation and special venues. Supported in the day-to-day affairs by an Executive Director and an elected Board of Directors, the VES strives to enrich and educate its members through a multitude of events, screenings and programs, all organized by a small staff and numerous dedicated industry volunteers.
The VES Awards Show is the most prestigious event on the busy VES calendar, as it pays special tribute to the legends and leaders of our field. Now in its fifth incarnation, the Annual Awards event offers a platform for peers to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding visual effects work of the previous year. Dedicated volunteers from the VES Awards Committee oversee every facet of the event’s planning, from vetting hundreds of award submissions, and conducting all-day Nomination and Show and Tell events, to producing the Awards show itself.
In addition to tonight’s festivities, the VES produces an annual Festival of Visual Effects, and its partner in the Filmmaker’s Festival in Frankfurt, Germany and AnimfxNZ in Wellington, New Zealand. These festivals are evolving into must-attend events for visual effects professionals and fans alike. Veterans, students and the film-going public enjoy an array of panels and presentations illuminating the industry’s cutting-edge techniques, historical accomplishments, and current projects. Past festivals have featured such far-ranging topics as the artistry of models and miniatures, puppetry in the digital age, as well as detailed “before and after” presentations for such shows as Lost, Star Wars, and Batman Returns (which included the actual Batmobile) and Cars, for which we displayed the film’s Hudson.
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, the VES continues to grow and support the artists who inspire us daily.
Date: February 11, 2007
Location: Kodak Grand Ballroom. Hollywood, CA