Visual Effects Society Hall Of Fame Inaugural Class: Corman, Henson, Iwerks, Méliès & More

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The Visual Effects Society is marking its 20th anniversary by naming the inaugural inductees into the VES Hall of Fame. As would be expected, it’s a who’s-who of VFX legends spanning more than a decade of filmmaking — from George Méliès and Ub Iwerks to Jim Henson and Disney/Pixar’s Ed Catmull. Read the full list below.

The guild said it HoF was created to honor a select group of professionals and pioneers who have played a significant role in advancing the field of visual effects by invention, science, contribution or avocation of the art, science, technology and/or communications. The Hall of Famers, or family members on their behalf, will be recognized during the ninth annual VES Summit on October 28 at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills.

“The VES Hall of Fame represents a class of exceptional artists and innovators who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” VES Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “We are proud to pay homage to those who have helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Here is the full list of VES Hall of Fame Class of 2017, with photos, credits and awards provided by the guild (posthumous inductees noted with an asterisk):

Robert Abel* (2017)

VES and Clio Award-winning innovator in Digital and CG Visual Effects (Tron, Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Ed Catmull, VES (2017)

Multiple Academy Award-winning President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studio, VES Fellow and recipient of the VES Georges Méliès Award

Roger Corman (2017)

Independent Producer and Director who helped start the careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron (A Bucket of Blood, Tales of Terror, Boxcar Bertha, Battle Beyond the Stars)

Linwood Dunn* (2017)

Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Photographer who refined the Optical Printer and was an Honorary VES member (Citizen Kane, Mighty Joe Young, The Great Race)

Peter Ellenshaw* (2017)

Academy Award-winning Matte Painter (Treasure Island, Darby O’Gill and The Little People, Mary Poppins)

Jim Henson* (2017)

Pioneering Puppeteer whose Creature Shop was the gold standard (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth)

Ub Iwerks* (2017)

Academy Award-winning Animator and Visual Effects innovator who perfected combining live-action with animation (Steamboat Willie, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Birds)

John Knoll (2017)

VES, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor and co-creator of Photoshop software; Chief Creative Officer at ILM and former VES Board member (The Star Wars, Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbeanfranchises, Avatar, Rango, Super 8, Hugo, Pacific Rim)

Grant McCune* (2017)

Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Artist and Modelmaker (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,Battlestar Gallactica, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Ghostbusters II, Speed, Sphere, Red Planet)

Syd Mead (2017)

VES Visionary Award-winning Visual Futurist and Conceptual Artist responsible for the look of seminal films including Blade Runner, Aliens and TRON

George Méliès* (2017)

Illusionist and Director (Le Voyage Dans La Lune, The Voyage Across the Impossible)

Dennis Muren, VES (2017)

Multiple Emmy, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor;  VES Fellow, Lifetime member of the Society and winner of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jurassic Park)

Willis O’Brien* (2017)

Visual Effects Stop-motion Animation pioneer, Writer and Director (The Dinosaur and The Missing Link, King Kong [1933], The Lost World)

Carlo Rambaldi* (2017)

Multiple Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Artist (King Kong [1976], Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

Phil Tippett, VES (2017)

Multiple Emmy, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor;  VES Fellow and winner of the VES Georges Méliès Award (Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Dinosaur!, Starship Troopers)

Doug Trumbull, VES (2017)

Multiple award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor; VES Fellow and Lifetime member of the Society and winner of the VES Georges Méliès Award (Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

Joe Viskocil* (2017)

Academy Award-winning Special Effects Artist who specialized in miniatures and pyrotechnics (Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day)

Petro Vlahos* (2017) 

Emmy and Academy Award-winning pioneer in blue-screen technology (Ben-Hur, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope)

Albert Whitlock* (2017)

Emmy and Academy Award-winning Matte Painter (The Birds, The Sting, The Hindenburg)

Stan Winston* (2017)

Multiple VES, Emmy and Academy Award-winning Practical, Prosthetic and Creature Effects artist, Director and Producer (Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens)

Matthew Yuricich* (2017)

Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Matte Painter (Ben-Hur, Blade Runner, Die Hard)

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