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Visual effects veterans Craig Barron, Joyce Cox, Dan Curry, Paul Debevec and Mike Fink are set to become Visual Effects Society Fellows during an Oct. 11 reception in Beverly Hills.
The Fellows distinction signifies that the individual “has maintained an outstanding reputation and has made exceptional achievements and sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects, as well as enabling members’ careers and promoting community worldwide and by providing sustained service to the VES which has significantly advanced the Society, its membership and its mission statement for a period of not less than 10 years within the last 20 years.” Each Fellow is bestowed with the post-nominal letters “VES.”
Barron has a long list of credits and is an Oscar winner for best VFX for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He is co-chair of the Science and Technology Council for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an Academy Governor representing the visual effects branch. Barron also is creative director at the media company Magnopus.
Cox’s credits include Avatar and The Jungle Book, for which she received VES Awards. She additionally teaches VFX at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is working with UST Global Media Services to create Curó, a web-based application for managing the finances of VFX.
Curry has won seven Emmys and a VES Award, and is a past VFX Peer Group Governor of AMPAS. The former Peace Corps volunteer taught fine arts, film and theater at the university level prior to entering the entertainment industry.
Debevec is a senior scientist at Google VR and adjunct research professor of computer science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, working with the Vision and Graphics Laboratory at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. At USC ICT, Debevec has led the development of a series of Light Stage devices used to create photoreal digital actors in film. He also is a member of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council.
A founding member of VES, Fink’s work included The Golden Compass, for which he won an Oscar. He is a member of the VFX branch executive committee of AMPAS. Fink is also a professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and chair of the division of film and television production, and he holds the George Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects at the School of Cinematic Arts.
“Our VES Fellows represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of visual effects,” VES board chair Mike Chambers said Wednesday in a statement. “We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”
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