Gravity has been celebrated across the film industry for it's outstanding achievements in VFX – a real testament to the skills of the production teams here in the UK. London based VFX studio Framestore managed the creation of the ground-breaking visuals, and 3D conversion company Prime Focus World created the 3D effects. We'd like to send everyone on the Gravity production team our congratulations on the success of their work.
Gravity's win at the 2014 Oscars for Best Visual Effects, completes a trio of VFX honours alongside the BAFTA and VES awards. During the Oscars, Gravity also picked up six other Academy awards including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematographer for Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Original Score.
At the Oscars to collect the award for best VFX was Framestore VFX Supervisor Tim Webber, CG Supervisor Chris Lawrence, Animation Supervisor David Shirk and Special Effects Supervisor Neil Corbould. Tim's acceptance speech thanked the Academy for their selection, in a year with such high competition in the category of visual effects.
Tim said, "Visual effects and film-making is all about the team and there’re far too many to thank properly, but I’d like to mention David Heyman, Nikki Penny, Emmanuel Lubezki, all of the shooting crew, Rising Sun Pictures, and the incredible team at Framestore."
Tim continued his thank you speech by saying, "it seemed like a crazy project, so thank you to Warner Brothers and in particular Chris deFaria for believing in it, to George Clooney and especially Sandra Bullock for filling our effects with life and emotion, but most of all to Alfonso Cuarón for having with Jonás the vision of this breath-taking film, the audacity to make it happen and the courage to trust us in having such a big part in making it come to life. Finally, thank you to all our families and the families of the visual effects artists. Thank you very much."
For Framestore, this is their second Oscar, following their win for The Golden Compass in 2008. An exciting time for the team, they've sent out the following message:
"We'd like to thank everyone for all their kind words and messages, from our wonderful clients and neighbouring businesses, to the Prime Minster and NASA's astronauts. We've collected a few of them, along with some of our favourite photos from the night below. Thanks again!"
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