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VES Awards: ‘Apes’, ‘Coco’ & ‘Thrones’ Dominate VFX Nods – Full Winners List

A film whose battles left hordes of primates dead and another that celebrates the Day of the Dead were the big winners at tonight’s 16th annual VES Awards. Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes took four prizes including the marquee Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. And Disney/Pixar’s Oscar front-runner Coco dominated the toon brigade, also scoring four statuettes. Check the Visual Effects Society’s full winners list below. Blade Runner 2049 — which came… Read


Cinesite Studios Secures $70M Finance Package For VFX, Animation Growth

London-based digital entertainment company Cinesite Studios has finalized a $70M finance package provided by asset management firm Pemberton. The long-term financial plan is eyed to facilitate new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop original projects. Established in 1994, the VFX and animation studio’s credits include Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Skyfall, Logan, Fantastic Beasts And Where To… Read


VES Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Latest ‘Apes’ Lead Film; ‘Thrones’ Rules All With 11 Noms

The nominations are out for the 16th annual VES Awards, and a pair of high-profile sequels lead the movie field, while a wily TV veteran lords over all. Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 cult classic, and War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest in a 50-year-old franchise, tied with seven noms apiece. Both will vie for the marquee Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature prize with the VFX teams behind two other sequels — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2… Read


‘Shape Of Water’ BTL Artists On Creating The Asset: Creature & Leading Man

The latest original creature creation from Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water's “The Asset” is one of the year's most unique artistic works in film, the product of a finely honed blend of makeup and visual effects. Known on set as "Charlie," after the cartoon mascot for Starkist Tuna, the Asset was a towering figure, a fish-man with luminous skin, a sharp spine, gills and shimmering scales who was meant to intimidate before empathy set in, as the Asset becomes… Read


Sci-Tech Oscars: ILM, Pixar, DWA, Rhythm & Hues Systems Among 10 Winners


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its annual list of winners of the Sci-Tech Oscars, which this year bestow honors on 10 technical achievements from the likes of Industrial Light + Magic, Pixar, Rhythm & Hues and others. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual awards ceremony Feburay 10 at the Beverly Wilshire. Also to be honored with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, presented to an individual whose technological contributions have… Read


‘Beauty And The Beast’ VFX Supervisor Kyle McCulloch On Vast Array Of On-Set Visual Cues Used To Aid The Actor

Between films including War for the Planet of the ApesGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Beauty and the Beast, it’s been a big year for films led by CGI-enhanced characters. Having worked on the first Guardians installment, visual effects supervisor confronted an abundance of VFX characters this year on the latter Disney film, grappling with how to assist actors with their performances in reaction to characters that weren’t there. The solution, in large part, was to… Read


Oscars’ VFX Shortlist: ‘The Last Jedi’, ‘Shape Of Water’, ‘Valerian’ & More

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have pared to 10 films the finalists for the Outstanding Visual Effects category, with the last-minute entry Star Wars: The Last Jedi among those making the cut. Among the other notables on the list is Okja, the Netflix movie from Bong Joon-ho that only hit theaters long enough to qualify for Oscar consideration. Also, two films that are bucking the norm for also being firmly in the Best Picture hunt: Christopher Nolan’s Dunk… Read


‘Downsizing’ VFX Supervisor James E. Price On Satire’s “Spectacularly Banal” Effects

When visual effects supervisor James E. Price met with Alexander Payne regarding Downsizing—his first film in which visual effects play a major role—Price expressed his desire to work on the film, calling it a dream job. “Why?” Payne inquired. “It doesn’t have a lot of the traditional things maybe associated with visual effects.” But this is precisely the reason why Price had to be involved. Having worked on blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings and Pacific Rim, Price… Read


Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Is Out: From Blockbusters To Specialty Pics

Oscar Nominations Live Stream

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field for Visual Effects Oscar nominations to 20, ranging from blockbusters and would-be blockbusters to specialty fare and two films that haven’t hit theaters yet. The list includes seven of the year’s 10 biggest domestic grossers including the top four —Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man Homecoming. It is peppered with others such huge-grossing films as Thor: R… Read


How ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri Mastered Performance Capture & Creature Creation

From his earliest beginnings at ILM to his current role as Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Peter Jackson’s pioneering Weta Digital, four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri has had the most accomplished of careers, witnessing the stunning evolution of visual effects over the course of three decades. Working on such seminal visual effects-driven projects as Jurassic ParkThe Lord of the RingsKing Kong, and Avatar, Letteri has been driven on through the years by his… Read


Andy Serkis Insists Performance Capture Acting Is Not “A Drug-Assisted Sport”

Andy Serkis Caesar

Andy Serkis says he’s "hanging by a thread" in the run-up to the release of his directorial debut Breathe. Starring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in the true story of a couple fighting polio, it's a departure for Serkis, who's won much critical acclaim acting in motion capture roles in such gems as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and War for the Planet of the Apes. Serkis will follow Breathe by helming next year's Jungle Book–a performance capture extravaganza… Read


Four-Time Oscar Winner Joe Letteri To Receive VES’ George Méliès Award

Joe Letteri

Joe Letteri, who has won four Visual Effects Oscars for two The Lord Of The Rings movies, King Kong and Avatar, will be given the Visual Effects Society’s VES Georges Méliès Award, bestowed for “pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” The annual award will be handed out February 13 at the 16th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Leterri, currently… Read