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VES Awards Nominations: ‘Avengers’, ‘Lost In Space’ Lead Pack

Avengers Infinity War

The Visual Effects Society has revealed nominations for the 17th annual VES Awards, which will recognize the best VFX artistry and innovation in film, animation, TV, commercials and video games. Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars and Netflix’s Lost In Space lead the film and TV categories this year with six nominations, respectively. Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 tops the animation field with five noms. Winners will be announced during a ceremony February 5 at the… Read


‘Black Panther’ VFX Supervisor Geoffrey Baumann Brings Tactile Realism To Wakanda, Reflecting Africa’s Greatness

Before the game-changing Black Panther, visual effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann had worked on a number of Marvel projects, supervising computer graphics and second unit work before earning his current title in this domain. A BAFTA nominee this year, shortlisted by AMPAs as well for Best Visual Effects, Baumann had one mandate from director Ryan Coogler, when it came to his first blockbuster: Above all else, Black Panthershould hold true to Africa. Based on a superhero… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Set For Career Honor At VES Awards

Winter is coming — tomorrow, in fact — and the duo behind HBO’s Game of Thrones is getting their due from the Visual Effects Society. The VFX group said today that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will receive its VES Award for Creative Excellence at its 2019 trophy show. VES says the honor “recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by uniquely and consistently creating compelling and… Read


Jonathan Nolan To Receive Visual Effects Society’s VES Visionary Award

Jonathan Nolan VES

The Visual Effects Society has selected writer-producer-director and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan with its VES Visionary Award, to be bestowed at the 17th annual VES Awards on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton. Nolan joins his brother and oft-collaborator Christopher Nolan, who was honored with the same award in 211. The Nolans teamed on 2000’s Memento, 2006’s The Prestige, two Dark Knight films and 2014’s Interstellar. The VES Visionary Award recognizes “an… Read


Sony Gets Inventive, Seeks Patents For ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Animation Tech

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

EXCLUSIVE: Film critics have hailed the animation in Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as unique, innovative and undeniably inventive. Now the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will judge whether they agree with those reviews. Deadline has learned that Sony has applied for patent protection for the animation process and technologies used to produce Spider-Verse, the Columbia Pictures release that reaches theaters Thursday. The film has been winning strong reviews for… Read


Oscars: VFX Race Includes ‘Avengers’, ‘A Quiet Place’, More

Avengers Infinity War

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that 20 films are eligible for consideration in the Visual Effects category at the 91st Oscars. Nominations will be unveiled January 22. Later this month, the Movie Academy’s Visual Effects Branch executive committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting. Last year, Warner Bros’ Blade Runner 2049 won in the category. Here are this year’s eligible films, in alphabetical… Read


Richard Dreyfuss Says ‘Jaws’ Re-Release With CG Shark Upgrade Would Be “Huge”

Richard Dreyfuss

Jaws co-star Richard Dreyfuss says the 1975 mega-hit could make an even bigger boatload of money if it was re-released today — all it would require is a digital-effects team and a killer makeover for the film’s infamously clunky mechanical shark. “I think they should do it, it would be huge and it would open up the film to younger people,” Dreyfuss said when Deadline floated the idea. “Is that blasphemy? No, no, I don’t think so. The technology now could make the shark… Read


Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership). "Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual… Read


‘Stranger Things’ VFX Supervisors On Achieving Realism Through Their “Full Throttle” Workflow — Production Value Video Series

Stranger Things VFX

Watching Netflix's supernatural sensation Stranger Things, have you ever wondered how much work goes in behind the scenes on a series of its ilk, in which visual effects play such a prominent role? The answer, as you might expect, is: A lot. "We have only one mode to work, and that's full throttle—give it everything you've got," Stranger Things VFX supervisor Paul Graff shares. "Any shot is an opportunity to learn something. What's wrong here? What can be better, and how… Read


George Jenson Dies: Oscar-Nominated Art Director & Production Illustrator Was 87

George Jenson, an Oscar-nominated art director and production illustrator who worked on such films as Return of the Jedi, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, has died. He was 87. The Art Directors Guild said today that he died May 25 of cancer. Jenson began his four-decade career as a production illustrator and storyboard artist at 20th Century Fox Studios, working for producer Irwin Allen's series Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the S< …/em> Read


VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell Brings AIs, Soaring Megalopolis & Real-World Science To ‘Altered Carbon’

Winning an Emmy as a makeup effects creator before transitioning to an accomplished career as a visual effects supervisor, Everett Burrell needed to bring all of his talents to the table with Netflix cyberpunk series Altered Carbon, in order to bring an intricate, expansive sci-fi world to life. Set in the megalopolis of Bay City—what became of San Francisco—in 2384, Laeta Kalogridis' series imagines a world where consciousness has been extracted onto miniature disks… Read


How ‘Game Of Thrones’ Visual Effects Artists Steve Kullback & Joe Bauer Brought Down The Wall

Steve Kullback Joe Bauer

Having been through seven increasingly audacious seasons of HBO flagship series Game of Thrones, visual effects producer Steve Kullback always looks at a new season from the same perspective: “Geez, how the hell am I going to do this?” Working with "no-holds-barred" creatives David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with VFX supervisor Joe Bauer, the collaborators always tend to come to the same conclusion about the road ahead: "Well, that's amazing, but obviously it's unproduc… Read