10:57am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Visual Effects Society Honors VFX Producer Toni Pace Carstensen
Visual effects producer and founding Visual Effects Society member Toni Pace Carstensen will receive the 2017 VES Founders Award, which will be handed out at the 9th Annual VES Summit on Oct. 28 at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills.
During the summit, which also helps to mark VES' 20th anniversary, the society also will recognize Chuck Finance, visual effects producer and longstanding member of the VES awards committee, with a lifetime VES membership; and Bob Burns, veteran VFX historian and archivist, with an honorary VES membership.
Carstensen's work as VFX producer/digital production manager includes Avatar, Minority Report and Fantasia 2000. In 1997, she helped create the VES as member 0004 and the society's first treasurer.
Finance has been a member of the VES awards committee for 14 years. He was chair in 2005 and has been one of its co-chairs ever since. His credits include Leviathan and Honey I Shrunk the Kids and the TV series 24.
Burns was a VFX practitioner in the 1950s and '60s, doing miniature work and makeup prosthetics. He later became a historian and archivist of the effects arena by amassing a collection of film and television VFX props, miniatures, paintings and costumes.