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New King Kong Attraction at Universal takes home a VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY (VES) AWARD

Los Angeles – The Visual Effects Society announced the winners of the 9th Annual VES Awards Feb 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.
 
Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored Christopher Nolan with the inaugural VES Visionary Award and Ray Harryhausen with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Inception’s Tom Hardy was on hand to present the award to Nolan while Harryhausen was feted by video tributes throughout the evening. Randy Cook and Dennis Muren presented from the stage to Harryhausen who appeared via video to thank VES for this honor.  The event was hosted by Patton Oswalt.
Inception was the evening’s most honored project with four awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. The animated feature film How to Train Your Dragon was honored with three awards including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture—both films winning in every nominated category.  Television’s big winner was“The Pacific,”also grabbing three honors.

The 9th Annual VES Awards will premiere on REELZCHANNEL Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10p ET/PT with encore presentations throughout February.

Complete list of winners of the 9th Annual VES Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hereafter
(Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill, Danielle Plantec)

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
(Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold)      

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
The Pacific
(John Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Requay)       

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Caprica
(Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Davey Morton, Jesse Mesa Toves)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program     
Boardwalk Empire
(Robert Stromberg, Dave Taritero, Richard Friedlander, Paul Graff)
       
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
(Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately)    
       
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Halo: Reach
(Dan Glass, Dan Seddon, Matt Dessero, Stephanie Gilgar)
       
Outstanding Animated Commercial
Cadbury’s Spots V Stripes
(Jake Mengers, Julie Evans, Jorge Montiel Meurer, Michael Gregory)      

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
King Kong 360 3D
Matt Aitken, Kevin Sherwood, Eric Reynolds, R. Christopher White          

Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
Halo: Reach
(Marcus Lehto, Joseph Tung, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan)   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
(Marc Messenger, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr.)    
       
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – Dobby
(Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson)

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
(Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins)   

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
(Michael Nauzin, Anne Chatelain, Gregory Mougne, Cedric Nicolas)
       
Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
StarCraft II – Sarah Kerrigan
(Fausto De Martini, Xin Wang, Glenn Ramos, Scott Lange)

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
(Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller)  

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Inception – Paris Dreamscape
(Bruno Baron, Dan Neal, Graham Page, Per Mork-Jensen)
       
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
The Pacific – The Battle of Iwo Jima
(Marco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nick Lund-Ulrich)     

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception – Hospital Fortress Destruction
(Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Robert Spurlock)

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire – The Ivory Tower
(J. John Corbett, Matthew Conner, Brendan Fitzgerald)      

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception
(Astrid Busser-Casas, Scott Pritchard, Jan Maroske, George Zwier)
       
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
The Pacific – Peleliu landing
(Jeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote)     

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
LOOM
(ReginaWelker, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay)
        
About the VES

The VES is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest uniform standards and procedures for the visual effects profession.  The VES is the entertainment industry’s only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects practitioners including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives.
 
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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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