LOS ANGELES — Pixomondo, an international visual effects company with a network of 11 facilities throughout the world, is gaining attention for its work on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. The company has been nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and VES Awards for its visual effects work on the film.
Pixomondo VFX supervisor Ben Grossmann and digital effects supervisor Alex Henning, along with Hugo's VFX supervisor Rob Legato and special effects supervisor Joss Williams, are among the contenders competing for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. The film is also nominated for Best Special Visual Effects at the BAFTA Awards and for multiple Visual Effects Society Awards.
Produced by GK Films and distributed in the US by Paramount Pictures, Hugo features over 800 stereo 3D VFX shots created by more than 400 artists at ten of Pixomondo's facilities across Germany, the US, Canada, China and the UK. The film takes place in 1930s Paris and we shot in both England and France. Grossmann and Henning integrated into the production on set.
"We poured a tremendous amount of effort into bringing the artistic vision of Martin and Rob to life so it's wonderful to receive such prestigious acknowledgement," says Pixomondo CEO/founder Thilo Kuther. "Nearly all of our offices worked on this film, so it was truly a company-wide collaboration. We are incredibly proud of Ben and Alex and the rest of the Pixomondo team. It is nice to see all the hard work pay off with the incredible honor of these nominations."
The Academy Awards will be held February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The BAFTA Awards will be held February 12 at the London's Royal Opera House. The VES Awards will be held February 7 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.