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Reel FX Wins Annie and VES Awards for “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem”

Minion Test 3-D Goggles - LRDallas, TX, USA (February 5, 2013) — Dallas based CG animation and effects company Reel FX has won two prestigious awards in just three days for their work on the Universal Studios Florida attraction “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.”  On Saturday, February 2, the attraction was awarded an Annie by the International Animated Film Society for Best Animated Special Production.  Today, it won the VES Award for Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project from the Visual Effects Society.  Other nominees in this category included “Turtle Trek” from SeaWorld and Falcon’s Treehouse, “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet” from the California Academy of Sciences, and “The Ball Unleashed” from the New York Mets and Digital Domain.  “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” is a co-production of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Creative.

Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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