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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Earns Record 14 Visual Effects Society Award Nominations

To the surprise of no one, James Cameron’s dazzling Avatar: The Way of Water dominated the 21st annual Visual Effects Society Award nominations, which were announced on Tuesday. The juggernaut earned 14 VES noms, a record number for a feature film or any single project in the society’s awards history. That includes a nomination in […]

Eric Roth to Receive Visual Effects Society Board of Governors Award

Outgoing Visual Effects Society executive director Eric Roth will be honored with the society’s Board of Directors Award at the 21st annual VES Awards, Feb. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In 2022, Roth retired after 19 years at the helm of the Society, which also celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. “As my longtime friend […]

Visual Effects Society Names Nancy Ward Executive Director

The Visual Effects Society has named Nancy Ward as its new executive director. Ward joined the Society in 2014 as program and development director, and was appointed Interim executive director upon the retirement of Eric Roth in September. Roth led the organization, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, for nearly two decades. “Nancy has […]

BRIC Foundation Launches Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming Apprenticeship (Exclusive)

BRIC Foundation has teamed with several prominent education, inclusion and entertainment industry organizations to launch a new apprenticeship program geared towards making careers in the animation, visual effects and gaming industries more accessible to those from historically excluded groups. The BRIC Apprenticeship was created to provide early career awareness, exploration, preparation and training opportunities for […]

Visual Effects Society Honors: A Celebration of Community and Call for Diversity and Inclusion, Work-Life Balance

As the Visual Effects Society marks the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the annual VES Honors ceremony on Friday included celebration along with a call for more diversity and inclusion, as well as a greater effort to achieve a work-life balance amid industry-wide attention on the long work hours kept by many VFX artists under […]

Pixar’s Pete Docter to Become an Honorary Member of the Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society has announced its newest lifetime and honorary members as well as this year’s recipient of the VES Founders Award, all of whom will be recognized during a special event in October. Educator and industry vet Pam Hogarth will be presented the VES Founders Award at the event. Pixar chief creative officer […]

Visual Effects Society Exec Director Eric Roth to Retire

The Visual Effects Society’s executive director Eric Roth announced plans to retire. The news comes as the society celebrates its 25th anniversary. Roth had led VES for nearly two decades and plans to retire on Sept. 30. The VES executive board has created a search committee to find a successor. “We have been exceptionally proud and […]

‘Dune’ Takes Top Honors at 20th Visual Effects Society Awards

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune was the big winner at the 20th Visual Effects Society Awards, collecting four trophies including the night’s top award for outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature. Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton, Dune, from Legendary and Warner Bros. additionally earned awards for models, effects simulations and compositing. The award for outstanding […]

Lucasfilm’s Lynwen Brennan to Receive Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Lynwen Brennan, executive vp and general manager of Lucasfilm, will receive the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 20th annual VES Awards that will also mark the society’s 25th anniversary. The ceremony is slated to be held March 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  “Lynwen has elevated visual effects […]