With VFX heavy films receiving a huge amount of positive reception in the 86th Academy Awards nomination lists, we’re seeing more people than ever with a keen eye on the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards nominees. The leading titles recently announced are 'Gravity', 'Frozen', 'The Croods' and 'Game of Thrones', and the question on which of these is going to scoop up the most awards is creating quite a buzz around here.
As a VES member, I have the fun opportunity to volunteer on the panel of judges who view all the entries in specific categories and make a decision (along with my VES colleagues) as to who makes the shortlist. Once announced, all VES members will vote for the winner, which will be unveiled on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles. There's also a student category that has some awesome submissions!
The VES Awards is a great way to see the best of 3D and 2D visual effects from feature films of the past year and broadcast entries. And what a great year 2013 has been for VFX. The entries for each categories show a brief breakdown of their submission. So as I watch them I'm gaining greater insight into the makings of some really complex shots - which is a great privilege and one I get to share with my students in the classroom.
Through this annual awards ceremony we get to see how the industry is advancing and how emerging 2D and 3D professionals are pushing the boundaries of this awesome craft. Something that is incredibly inspiring for the entire VFX industry community. This truly is a celebration worth tuning in for.