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'Pirates' plunders visual f/x awards - Variety 2/12/07


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  • 'Pirates' plunders visual f/x awards - Variety 2/12/07

    'Pirates' plunders visual f/x awards
    'Chest' takes six VES trophies

    By David S. Cohen
    February 12, 2007

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" raided the Visual Effects Society Awards Sunday night and sailed off with six wins, including the two top awards: outstanding visual effects in a visual-effects-driven picture and single visual effect of the year.

    The box office blockbuster, with effects by Industrial Light & Magic,entered the night with the most nominations, and won every category for which it was nominated. Other wins for "Pirates" were animated character in a live-action motion picture (for pic's villain, Davy Jones); created environment in a live-action motion picture; models and miniatures in a motion picture; and compositing in a motion picture.

    "Flags of Our Fathers," from Digital Domain, took honors for supporting visual effects in a motion picture. In the special effects category, in a battle of brothers, "Casino Royale" and Chris Corbould beat out "Superman Returns" and Neil Corbould.

    Presenter John Landis told the aud that when he started in movies, exploitation pics were often pretty good until the monster or spaceship showed up. "Today," he said, "you see absolutely amazing (VFX) work. The difference is the movies are ****."

    On the television side, "Battlestar Galactica" took two kudos, for visual effects in a broadcast series and models and miniatures in a broadcast program. "ER" took honors for supporting visual effects for its episode "Scoop and Run."

    The Travelers insurance commercial "Snowball" also took two awards.

    One category, pre-rendered graphics in a videogame, was dropped from the competish when it was discovered the entries were ineligible. The VES says the category will return next year.

    ILM had plenty of reason to celebrate at the banquet. Besides its six wins for "Pirates," George Lucas' San Francisco-based visual f/x titan saw longtime supervisor Dennis Muren feted with the VES' lifetime achievement award, presented by Lucas.

    Besides Lucas, among those saluting the eight-time Oscar winner were Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, who sent regards on tape.

    Spielberg called his work with Muren on "E.T.," "Jurassic Park," and "War of the Worlds" "a match made in heaven."

    In thanking the VES, Muren said that among his current activities is a project with Pixar that would be "a dramatic synthesis of effects and animation."

    This was the first year for the VES Awards at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood and saw the biggest attendance yet at the rapidly growing event.
    And the winners are...
    Last edited by Monorail Man; 02-12-2007, 10:50 PM.
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