John Dykstra to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

The visual effects pioneer has received Oscars for his work on "Star Wars" and "Spider-Man 2."
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John Dykstra

Visual effects pioneer John Dykstra will receive the Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Over the course of his work as a visual effects designer, supervisor, innovator and commercial director, Dykstra has won an Emmy and two Academy Awards. He played a key role in assisting with George Lucas' company, Industrial Light & Magic, and assembling key Star Wars crew members. This led to the development of benchmark motion-control and bluescreen technologies.

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Dykstra received Academy Awards for his work on Star Wars and Spider-Man 2, as well as an AMPAS Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to the Industrial Light & Magic facility. Dykstra also received Academy Award nominations for his work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Stuart Little and Spider-Man and an Emmy Award for Battlestar Galactica.

“John is an amazing creative force – talented, generous and visionary,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES board chair. “His leadership and pioneering work has truly raised the bar and helped redefine entertainment and our industry on a global level.”

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