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It Was No VFX Snap Introducing Smart Hulk to ‘Avengers: Endgame’

It Was No VFX Snap Introducing Smart Hulk to ‘Avengers: Endgame’
The introduction of Mark Ruffalo’s Smart Hulk was the great surprise and the visual effects highlight of “Avengers: Endgame.” As Bruce Banner explained in the delightful diner scene before dabing for his selfie: “For years, I treated The Hulk like he’s some kind of disease, something to get rid of. Then I started looking at him as the cure. Eighteen months in the gamma lab, I put the brains and the brawn together. And now look at me: Best of both worlds.”

Thus, it was imperative to pull off the right combination of brains and brawn through the performance-captured animation. The task fell primarily to go-to Hulk specialists Industrial Light & Magic, with Framestore handling the Avengers hangar sequence for the time travel testing. Going off of Marvel concept art, a new twist on the Professor Hulk hybrid from the comics, Ilm took some online footage of Ruffalo and
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Pixar dominates the 2016 Annie Award nominations

The nominations for the 43rd annual Annie Awards have been announced, with Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur dominating the field with 34 nominations between them (14 for Inside Out and 10 for The Good Dinosaur).

Both films will contest the Best Animated Feature Award alongside Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Peanuts Movie and Anomalisa. Check out a full list of the nominations here, via Variety…

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Paramount Pictures

Inside Out

Pixar Animation Studios

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Aardman Animations

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios

The Peanuts Movie

Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Best Animated Special Production

“Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas”

Warner Bros. Animation

He Named Me Malala

Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door

I Am A Witness”

Moonbot Studios

“Kite”

Epic Games

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

End of Movie, LLC

“Niko and the Sword of Light”

Titmouse, Inc. / Amazon Studios

Best Animated Short Subject
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It's Pixar Vs. Pixar at 43rd Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, has announced the nominations for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards and "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur," both Pixar movies, led the pack! "Inside Out" received fourteen nominations while "The Good Dinosaur" got nine.

My pick of the year for best animated feature is "Inside Out" but I love Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa" as well which picked five noms.

We'll find out the winners of the Annie Awards on February 6th!

Here is the full list of nominees in all categories of the 43rd Annie Awards:

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Paramount Pictures

Inside Out

Pixar Animation Studios

Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Aardman Animations

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar Animation Studios

The Peanuts Movie

Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation

Best Animated Special Production

Elf: Buddy.s Musical Christmas

Warner Bros. Animation

He Named Me Malala

Parkes-MacDonald / Little Door

I Am A Witness

Moonbot
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43rd Annie Awards nominations announced; Inside Out leads

The nominations for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards have been announced. The hot favourite is quite obviously Pixar’s Inside Out, which is not only one of the best animated movies of the year, but one of the best movies of the year. Period. The film bagged a total of 14 nominations through the field, closely followed by Pixar’s other movie that was released in 2015, The Good Dinosaur with 10.

Other movies nominated in the top award, Best Animated Feature are Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, The Peanuts Movie, and Anomalisa, with the likes of Minions, Home, Hotel Transylvania 2 and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water nowhere to be seen.

Here’s the full list of nominees, which take in everything from movies to television, shorts and animated segments from TV or film productions. The list is very extensive.

Best Animated Feature

AnomalisaParamount Pictures Inside OutPixar Animation Studios
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Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society Awards

Yesterday night, the Visual Effect Society held their 12th annual awards show, and surprising no one, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar hopeful Gravity was the big winner. The film took home six Ves awards, making it by far the dominant feature on display. This obviously furthers the chances of it taking home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but we can all agree that it was already pretty much a lock to win there. The only other feature competing in that category that made any dent at the awards was The Lone Ranger, which won Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. As for Gravity’s half dozen wins, they were in the categories of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture (their version of Best Picture, basically), Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture,
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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards

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Gravity, Frozen rule Ves awards
Gravity earns six prizes, Frozen four at 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards.

It was a big night for two of the dominant films of the awards season as the prizes were handed out in Los Angeles on February 12.

Film category winners of the 12th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Gravity

(Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture

The Lone Ranger

(Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen

(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug

(Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture

Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life

(Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, [link
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Awards Season Continues With Visual Effects, Sound Mixing And Makeup Nominations

Today was a busy day for some of the smaller guilds with the Visual Effects Society, the Cinema Audio Society, and the Makeup and Hairstylists Guilds all announcing their nominations for 2013.

First, we have the Ves, whose main category to look at is “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture,” where we find Gravity and four other nominees that are just going to have to be happy with the fact that they got nominated. This is perhaps the easiest category to call in the entirety of awards season, and I don’t mean just here, but for the Oscar as well (Last year’s winner, Life of Pi, easily took this category before going on to claim the Oscar). It’s true that films like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness had outstanding effects as well, but nothing even came close to the amazing,
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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods

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Gravity, Iron Man 3 earn Ves nods
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) delivered no surprises on January 14 as it announced the nominations for the 12th Annual Ves Awards.

As previously announced, the Visionary Award will be presented to Alfonso Cuarón, and The Lifetime Achievement Award to effects pioneer John Dykstra.

The 12th Annual Ves Awards Ceremony will take place on February 12 in Los Angeles.

The feature film nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

GravityTim Webber, Nikki Penny, Chris Lawrence, Richard Mcbride

Iron Man 3Christopher Townsend, Mark Soper, Guy Williams, Bryan Grill

Pacific RimJohn Knoll, Susan Greenhow, Chris Raimo, Hal Hickel

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Luke O’Byrne, Ron Ames, Ben Grossman

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of SmaugJoe Letteri, Eric Saindon, Kevin Sherwood, David Clayton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

RushJody Johnson, Moriah Etherington-Sparks, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau

The Great GatsbyChris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, [link
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And the Winners of the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) Awards Are...

"The Adventures of Tintin" dominated the nominations but it was "Rango" that received the most trophies at the 10th Visual Effects Society (Ves) awards. Stan Lee received the the Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the George Melies Award. Patton Oswalt hosted the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Antonion Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, director Chris Miller, Marc Webb, and Jennifer Yuh Nelson presented awards. But the surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese was the highlight of the evening.

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 10th Annual Ves Awards, to visit our Awards Avenue coverage of other award-giving bodies, winners and nominees, click here:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Captain America: The First Avenger

Charlie Noble

Mark Soper

Christopher Townsend

Edson Williams

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tim Burke

Emma Norton

John Richardson

David Vickery
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Ves Wins: Hugo, Rango and... "Dior J'Adore!"

Paramount had a big night at the Visual Effects Society awards. We knew that Hugo was bound to do well given that the Ves Statue is already Papa Georges friendly (pictured left). But they won in other categories too thanks to Rango and Transformers. Will all three of those movies take home prizes at the Oscars? Transformers has the biggest hurdle there in all three of its categories but especially in visual effects since its battling Rise of the Planet of the Apes. "Caesar" is probably too agile to fall prey to "The Driller"

Visual Effects Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Cyndi Ochs, Kurt Williams

Supporting Visual Effects Hugo: Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning, Rob Legato, Karen Murphy

Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Rango: Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez, Katie Lynch

Animated Character in a Live Action Feature "Caesar" Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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Winners, Losers and Nerds at the Visual Effects Society Awards

Winners, Losers and Nerds at the Visual Effects Society Awards
Getty Comic book writer Stan Lee on November 16, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

There was less nerd-oriented humor than one might have expected at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday night where the best of Hollywood’s below-the-line creative types assembled for the Visual Effects Society’s 10th annual awards ceremony. Host Patton Oswalt even managed to avoid a “basement-dwelling geek” joke (although he called the evening their “night out of solitary confinement”) as he shepherded attendees through a long but surprisingly engaging ceremony
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'Rango' reigns at Visual Effects Awards

'Rango' reigns at Visual Effects Awards
Rango, the animated film starring Johnny Depp as a fibbing lizard charged with saving a wild West town, won four trophies at the 10th annual Visual Effects Society Awards last night in Beverly Hills. The CG adventure won for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon all won two awards in the movies categories, while Boardwalk Empire
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‘Hugo,’ ‘Rango’ & ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Top 2012 Visual Effects Society Awards

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The 10th annual Visual Effects Society Awards were handed out last night, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hugo and Rango picking up the top awards in their respective feature categories. Unlike the broad award category at the Oscars, I always like how in-depth they are here. Below you will find awards for specific CG models, environments, compositing and more.

The biggest oversight comes with The Tree of Life, a film I thought blew away anything I’d seen all year in terms of cohesive, jaw-dropping effects. They did give Douglas Trumbull the Georges Méliès award, but Terrence Malick‘s film certainly deserved more. Nonetheless, if you are looking for the best in blockbusters, it is a good round-up. Check out all the winners below via THR.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri,
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Oscars: “Rango” cleans up at the Ves Awards – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: The Ves announced the winners of the 10th Annual Ves Awards Tuesday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Gore Verbinski’s Oscar-nominated “Rango” was the night’s biggest winner, collecting four awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

Hugo,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” all took home two awards in the Feature Motion Picture categories. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

The complete list of winners of the 10th Annual Ves Awards is as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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2012 Visual Effects Society Awards: Paramount and 'Rango' Clean Up

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has weighed in with their 2012 awards and Paramount cleaned house beginning with their animated feature Rango which took home four awards followed by Hugo and Transformers: Dark of the Moon with two each. 20th Century Fox and their Oscar-frontrunner for the Visual Effects Award, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, also took home two. This is a nice bit of notoriety for Rango, which is largely considered the best seen animated movie from 2011, though not many have seen fellow animated Oscar nominees A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita, the latter of which I will actually be seeing this Friday. Rango, however, was not nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars while the other three films I mentioned above are along with fellow nominees Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Real Steel. Those two, however, can probably consider themselves on
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Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 10th Annual Ves Awards

The visual effects that we are seeing in movies these days are absolutely mind blowing. At this point it doesn't seem like there's any excuse for a film to have bad visual effects unless the people hired lack talent, or the studio is keeping the cash in their pockets.

There's a lot of good nomination this year such as Captain America, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Out of all of these I think that Planet of the Apes might take home the top prize, those apes were incredibly freaky looking. Weta did an amazing job with this movie, and out of all the other nominations this was the movie I was most impressed by. What are your thoughts? What movie did you think have the best visual effect in 2011?

Here's the full press release with all of the nominations:

Los Angeles,
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10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced

10th Annual Ves Awards Nominations Announced
The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 7 by distinguished panels of Ves members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem's Spy in San Francisco, and other facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, Nz.

"The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories," said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. "The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We're honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time."

As previously announced,
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Visual Effects Society nominates “Harry Potter,” “Hugo” and more – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Over the weekend, the Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for its 10th Annual Ves Awards ceremony, recognizing summer tentpoles (“Harry Potter,” “Captain America”) and surprise hits (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Hugo”) for their outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

“The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society. “The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We’re honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time.”

As previously announced, Stan Lee will be honored with the Ves 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and
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Rango Invades Industrial Light and Magic

Rango Invades Industrial Light and Magic
There are certain places that you can never get sick of, no matter how many times you frequent them. For me, I would be perfectly happy if I visited the Arclight or Amoeba in L.A. every day, but that just couldn't happen on my schedule... and salary. I recently got to visit another place that I would be perfectly happy spending every day at: the hallowed grounds of Industrial Light and Magic i.e. Ilm. It was my fourth time visiting this fascinating facility in the past four years, and even though the sights, sounds, and most of the people are the same, that doesn't make them any less awesome than they are.

Last week, I journeyed north to Ilm to speak with two of the men responsible for the animated hit Rango, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on July 15. The movie was quite a success,
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With 'Rango' Ilm Lassoes Their First Animated Film

Rango (Johnny Depp) in Rango

Photo: Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies If you're a film fan, there's a movie for you this weekend. The new Johnny Depp film Rango is an exuberant ode to film history complete with winking nods to everything from Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns to the Roman Polanski classic Chinatown. Hardcore cinephiles will have a lot to talk about, while ticking off the various homages to western classics over post film coffee or drinks.

Beyond all that hyperbole, the real thrill may very well be the stellar work of the craftsmen at Industrial Light and Magic (Ilm) who use their visual magic in a way they have never used it before. Rango is the first fully animated film Ilm has ever worked on and the results are stunning. It may even be a game changer for the way animation develops in the future.

For those who
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