Thursday, February 9, 2017

LAIKA’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Top Animated Feature Film at 15th Annual VES Awards

‘The Jungle Book’ named photoreal feature film winner with five awards; ‘Game of Thrones’ episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’ named best photoreal episode with five awards; John Lewis ‘Boxer the Buster’ wins top honors in the commercial field.





LOS ANGELES -- Tuesday night, the Visual Effects Society, the industry’s global professional honorary society, held its 15th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues. Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the more than 1,000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 24 awards categories and herald the Visual Effects Society’s 20th anniversary. The Jungle Book was named photoreal feature film winner, earning five awards. Kubo and The Two Strings was named top animated film. Game of Thrones was named best photoreal episode and garnered five awards. And John Lewis “Boxer the Buster” won top honors in the commercial field.

Director Taika Waititi presented the VES Visionary Award to acclaimed producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production Victoria Alonso. Jim Morris, President, Pixar Animation Studios, presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to multiple Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston. Awards presenters included directors Gareth Edwards and Albert Hughes, Yara Shahidi, Auli’I Cravalho, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Brenton Thwaites.

Winners of the 15th Annual VES Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book
Robert Legato
Joyce Cox
Andrew R. Jones
Adam Valdez
JD Schwalm

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Deepwater Horizon
Craig Hammack
Petra Holtorf-Stratton
Jason Snell
John Galloway
Burt Dalton

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Travis Knight
Arianne Sutner
Steve Emerson
Brad Schiff

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards”
Joe Bauer
Steve Kullback
Glenn Melenhorst
Matthew Rouleau
Sam Conway

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Black Sails “XX”
Erik Henry
Terron Pratt
Aladino Debert
Yafei Wu
Paul Stephenson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Uncharted 4
Bruce Straley
Eben Cook
Iki Ikram

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis “Buster the Boxer”
Diarmid Harrison-Murray
Hannah Ruddleston
Fabian Frank
William Laban

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure
Bill George
Amy Jupiter
Hayden Landis
David Lester

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book King Louie
Paul Story
Dennis Yoo
Jack Tema
Andrei Coval

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

Finding Dory Hank
Jonathan Hoffman
Steven Clay Hunter
Mark Piretti
Audrey Wong

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” Drogon
James Kinnings
Michael Holzl
Matt Derksen
Joseph Hoback

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial

John Lewis ”Buster the Boxer”
Tim van Hussen
David Bryan
Chloe Dawe
Maximilian Mallmann

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Doctor Strange New York City
Adam Watkins
Martijn van Herk
Tim Belsher
Jon Mitchell

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Moana; Motunui Island
Rob Dressel
Andy Harkness
Brien Hindman
Larry Wu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” Meereen City
Deak Ferrand
Dominic Daigle
François Croteau
Alexandru Banuta

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

The Jungle Book
Bill Pope
Robert Legato
Gary Roberts
John Brennan

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon Rig
Kelvin Lau
Jean Bolte
Kevin Sprout
Kim Vongbunyong

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book Nature Effects
Oliver Winwood
Fabian Nowak
David Schneider
Ludovic Ramisandraina

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Moana
Marc Henry Bryant
David Hutchins
Ben Frost
Dale Mayeda

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” Meereen City
Thomas Hullin
Dominik Kirouac
James Dong
Xavier Fourmond

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book
Christoph Salzmann
Masaki Mitchell
Matthew Adams
Max Stummer

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” Retaking Winterfell
Dominic Hellier
Morgan Jones
Thijs Noij
Caleb Thompson

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

John Lewis “Buster the Boxer”
Tom Harding
Alex Snookes
David Filipe
Andreas Feix

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Breaking Point
Johannes Franz
Nicole Rothermel
Thomas Sali
Alexander Richter

Source: Visual Effects Society

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