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April 01

VES Board of Directors Officers 2020; Mike Chambers Re-Elected Board Chair


The 2020 VES Board of Directors officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, were elected at the January 2020 Board meeting. The officers include Mike Chambers, a globally renowned freelance visual effects producer, beginning his sixth term as Chair. The 2020 Officers of the VES Board of Directors are:

Chair: Mike Chambers

1st Vice Chair: Lisa Cooke

2nd Vice Chair: Emma Clifton Perry

Treasurer: Laurie Blavin

Secretary: Rita Cahill

“Our Society is fortunate to have strong, impassioned leadership represented on our Executive Committee,” says Eric Roth, VES Director. “This dedicated group of professionals gives their considerable expertise and volunteer time to our organization. I’m excited about their collective vision and plans to advance our global membership even further.”

Mike Chambers is an award-winning Visual Effects Producer and independent VFX consultant, specializing in large-scale feature film productions. He is currently in post‐production on Tenet, his fourth collaboration with esteemed writer-producer-director Christopher Nolan. Chambers has been a member for over 20 years, serving multiple terms on the Board of Directors.

Lisa Cooke has spent more than 20 years as an animation/VFX producer, creative consultant, screenwriter and actor. Firmly believing that it is vital for science to effectively communicate its truths to a broader audience, she started Green Ray Media. She served six years on the Bay Area Section Board of Managers, currently serves as Chair of the Archive Committee, and was 2nd Vice Chair of the Board of Directors in 2019.

Emma Clifton Perry is a Senior Compositor with more than 15 years of experience working across feature films, longform/TV series, commercials and advertising at VFX facilities worldwide. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, she offers remote compositing and VFX consulting services. Perry has served several terms as Chair, Co-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer on the VES New Zealand Section Board of Managers and is in her fourth year on the VES Board of Directors.

Laurie Blavin’s 20-year career spans the culture, creativity and technology of both Hollywood and Silicon Valley. She counsels professionals and companies (from start-ups to international businesses) on strategy, brand value stewardship and full-cycle staffing and recruiting. Having served on the Bay Area Section Board of Managers, this is Blavin’s first term on the VES Board of Directors.

Rita Cahill is an international business and marketing/PR consultant for a number of U.S., Chinese, Canadian, U.K. and EU companies for visual effects and animation projects. She is also a partner in MakeBelieve Entertainment, a film development company, and serves as Executive Producer on a number of international projects. This is Cahill’s sixth term as Secretary. Previously, Cahill served as Chair or Co-chair of the VES Summit for eight years.

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