VES to honor Ed Catmull

Pixar co-founder wins George Melies Award

Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will be honored with the Visual Effects Society's 2010 George Melies Award at the eighth annual VES Awards, which will be held Feb. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The award recognizes individuals who have "pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry."

Catmull was vp of Lucasfilm's computer division before co-founding Pixar. He has been involved in the creation of new technology and its use in a series of groundbreaking animation features.

"Ed Catmull has helped redefine the field of animation over the past three decades," said VES executive director Eric Roth. "Ed has become one of the giants of our industry by pioneering new ways to tell animated stories in a successful studio environment."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored Catmull with five awards, including a technical achievement award, two scientific and engineering awards and one Academy Award of Merit for his work. This year, it also awarded him its Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.

Previous recipients of the George Melies Award include Robert Abel, Phil Tippett and Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter.