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When James Bond Reeled in the Rarest of Treasures

Image courtesy of United Artists Was a James Bond movie ever in the running for an Oscar VFX trophy? The answer is yes. Not only was the movie Thunderball nominated in that category in 1966, it won, the only Bond movie ever to do so. John Stears was the recipient of the prize. The late [...]

VES Board of Directors Officers 2021; Lisa Cooke to Lead the Global Organization

By NAOMI GOLDMAN The 2021 VES Board of Directors officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, were elected at the January 2021 Board meeting. The officers include Lisa Cooke, who was elected Board Chair, and is the first woman to hold this role in the Society’s history. The five officers embody the global makeup [...]

BRINGING OUT THE HEAVY WEAPONS TO BATTLE THE BEHEMOTHS IN MONSTER HUNTER

By TREVOR HOGG Images courtesy of Constantin Film and Screen Gems Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa had to perform with the signatured oversized weapons from the video game. Even though video game adaptations have yet to dominate the box office like their comic book counterparts, one cannot fault British filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson, who is responsible for [...]

THE RIGHT STUFF: BALANCING MODERNIZATION AND PERIOD AUTHENTICITY TO ACHIEVE SERIES BLAST-OFF

By CHRIS McGOWAN The Mercury Seven astronauts hold a press conference for their mission to achieve the first American manned spaceflights, portrayed in The Right Stuff series, with visual effects by Zoic Studios and DNEG. (Photo: Gene Page. Image courtesy of National Geographic, Disney+ and DNEG)  Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Stetson, VES, had two major [...]

VES HANDBOOK: Designing Visual Effects Shots

Abstracted from The VES Handbook of Visual Effects – 3rd Edition, edited by Jeffrey A Okun, VES and Susan Zwerman, VES. Written by SCOTT SQUIRES, VES. Edited for this publication by Jeffrey A. Okun, VES  One of the key elements to a successful visual effects shot is the design. With today’s technology most of the [...]

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