By NAOMI GOLDMAN
Much of the Visual Effects Society’s strong international presence is due to its network of Sections whose members build rich communities in their local regions while advancing the Society and industry worldwide. Founded in 2018, the France Section is thriving with more than 80 members.
“France has a long history in visual effects, going back to our strong connection to VFX pioneer Georges Méliès, whose iconic Man in the Moon image is synonymous with the VES,” says France Section Co-Chair Franck Lambertz. “His amazing short films are still mind-blowing 100 years later, and he is appreciated worldwide for his artistic contributions. That pride in our French colleagues continues today, as we saw Guillaume Rocheron walk on stage this year to receive the Academy Award [for Outstanding Visual Effects] for his work on 1917.”
From an enthusiastic group of five VFX practitioners in 2015 who worked to formally establish this Section, the Board of Managers strives to hit 100 members this year. “Our Section represents a wide group of talent, including 2D and 3D artists, designers, producers, supervisors and directors,” says Lambertz. “There is a lot of solidarity among French VFX artists. A lot of them work freelance and share their time between different companies, so everybody knows each other to some degree. These are the relationships we want to bring into the VES and build upon.”