Life of Pi, Brave Big Winners at VES Awards

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At the VES Awards, it is the artists and the artistry, not the movie itself, that garners votes. But having a movie that requires state-of-the-art animation and visual effects is certainly a plus. 

Work on “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee’s unique tale that unfolds in open water with stranded main characters Pi (actor Suraj Sharma) and Richard Parker (a CG tiger), earned digital artists four top prizes at the 11th annual Visual Effects Society’s (VES) Awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature. It also won for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Composition in a Feature Motion Picture.

Also snaring four wins was the animated feature “Brave,” for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

The winners were:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi; Donald R. Elliott, Susan MacLeod, Guillaume Rocheron, Bill Westenhofer

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture   Brave; Mark Andrews, Steve May, Katherine Sarafian, Bill Wise

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program   Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis; Rainer Gombos, Steve Kullback, Sven Martin, Juri Stanossek

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture  The Avengers: Helicarrier; Rene Garcia, Bruce Holcomb, Polly Ing Aaron Wilson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project   Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem; Heather Drummons, Joel Friesch, Troy Griffin, Chris Hummel

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program   ZombiU; Dominique Boidin, Léon Bérelle, Rémi Kozyra, Maxime Luère

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Matt Aitken, Victor Huang, Christian Rivers, R. Christopher White

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program  Game of Thrones: Pyke; Rene Borst, Thilo Ewers, Adam Figielski, Jonas Stuckenbrock

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture  Brave: The Forest; Tim Best, Steve Pilcher; Inigo Quilez, Andrew Whittock

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan; Richard Bluff, Barry Williams, David Meny, Andy Proctor

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program   Guinness: Cloud; Tom Bussell, Neil Davies

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture   Brave; Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Michael K. O’Brien, Bill Watral

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture  Life of Pi: Storm of God; Harry Mukhopadhyay, David Stopford, Mark Williams, Derek Wolfe

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program  Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons; Irfan Celik, Florian Friedmann, Ingo Schachner. Chris Stenner

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture   Life of Pi: Richard Parker; Erik De Boer, Sean Comer, Betsy Asher Hall, Kai-Hua Lan

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture   Brave: Merida; Travis Hathaway, Olivier Soares, Peter Sumanaseni, Brian Tindall

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project   Natalis; Daniel Brkovic, David Kirchner, Jan-Marcel Kuehn, Tom Ferstl - WATCH THE VIDEO

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game Call of Duty: Black Ops II; Jason Blundell, Barry Whitney, Colin Whitney

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial Nike: Biomorph; Rafael Colon; Aladino Debert; David Liu; Nicola Wiseman

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program   Game of Thrones: White Walker Army, Falk Boje, Esther Engel, Alexey Kuchinsky, Klaus Wuchta

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial Chevy 2012 Silverado; Dominik Bauch, Nicholas Kim, Benjamin Walsh

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture   Life of Pi: Storm of God; Ryan Clarke, Jose Fernandez, Sean Oharas, Hamish Schumacher

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program   Boardwalk Empire: Episode 308; John Bair, Parker Chehak, Paul Graff, Lesley Robson-Foster

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture   The Impossible; Felix Bergés, Sandra Hermida, Pau Costa Moeller

Visionary Award Ang Lee

Lifetime Achievement Award Richard Edlund

See CGWs Special VES Issue for a list of all the contenders and information about the VES.



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