VES 2013 Awards

The roll call of the VES Award winners for 2013.


Eric Roth had a heart-felt plea for new young people to come into the industry during his opening salvo at the VES Awards this evening. The Visual Effects Society has staged the 11th Annual VES Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry in 24 categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Acclaimed director Ang Lee will be honored with the VES Visionary Award. Richard Edlund ASC, VES will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award during the show.

I have just been watching intently from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. (I love Twitter) and collated the list of winners.   In nominated order, here are the results, as they roll in.  Big Congrats to all the winners and nominees.

[[I'm not going to spoil it.  Scroll down to the end of the show if you want the big awards.]]

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Heather Drummons
Joel Friesch
Brooke Breton
Chris Bailey


Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi: Richard Parker
Erik De Boer
Sean Comer
Betsy Asher Hall
Kai-Hua Lan

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave: Merida
Travis Hathaway
Olivier Soares
Peter Sumanaseni
Brian Tindall

 

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program 
Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons
Irfan Celik
Florian Friedmann
Ingo Schachner
Chris Stenner

 

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan
Richard Bluff
Barry Williams
David Meny
Andy Proctor

At this point Richard Edlund was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Harrison Ford.  Some great quotes were brought out here, including the story that Edlund's hand was the original Thing on The Addam's Family TV series, and that back during the filming of the original Star Wars, he recalls telling the VFX crew that, "these were the good old days."


Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave: The Forest
Tim Best
Steve Pilcher
Inigo Quilez
Andrew Whittock

 

 

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

Game of Thrones: Pyke
Rene Borst
Thilo Ewers
Adam Figielski
Jonas Stuckenbrock

 


Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Matt Aitken
Victor Huang
Christian Rivers
R. Christopher White

 

 

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

ZombiU
Dominique Boidin
Léon Bérelle
Rémi Kozyra
Maxime Luère

 

 

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture

The Avengers: Helicarrier
Rene Garcia
Bruce Holcomb
Polly Ing
Aaron Wilson

 

 

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi: Storm of God
Harry Mukhopadhyay
David Stopford
Mark Williams
Derek Wolfe

 


Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave
Chris Chapman
Dave Hale
Michael K. O'Brien
Bill Watral

 

 

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

Guinness: Cloud
Tom Bussell
Neil Davies

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Natalis
Daniel Brkovic
David Kirchner
Jan-Marcel Kuehn
Tom Ferstl

 

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Jason Blundell
Barry Whitney
Colin Whitney

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Nike: Biomorph
Rafael Colon
Aladino Debert
David Liu
Nicola Wiseman

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program


Game of Thrones: White Walker Army
Falk Boje
Esther Engel
Alexey Kuchinsky
Klaus Wuchta

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial

Chevy 2012 Silverado
Dominik Bauch
Nicholas Kim
Benjamin Walsh

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi: Storm of God
Ryan Clarke
Jose Fernandez
Sean Oharas
Hamish Schumacher

 

Dennis Muren took to the stage at this point and presented Ang Lee with the Visionary Award. This is such a point to remember, with the Storm of God sequence in his movie Life of Pi having just won two big awards, (so far).   

Ang Lee came up with some great quotes during his acceptance speech.  He was quoted as saying, "I went on to make 'The Hulk' after 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' because I thought I could do anything," and "It's not Visual FX, it's visual art."  and "You guys aren't technicians, you're artists."  Very true.

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program


Boardwalk Empire: Episode 308
John Bair
Parker Chehak
Paul Graff
Lesley Robson-Foster

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis
Rainer Gombos
Steve Kullback
Sven Martin
Juri Stanossek

Andy Serkis is up in front of a room full of high-end animators.  Very gracious and complimentary.    

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

The Impossible
Felix Bergés
Sandra Hermida
Pau Costa Moeller

 

And now Naomi Watts is up there to present the two final awards for this evening.... here they come...

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave
Mark Andrews
Steve May
Katherine Sarafian
Bill Wise

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi
Donald R. Elliott
Susan MacLeod
Guillaume Rocheron
Bill Westenhofer

 

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