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The Visual Effects Society Announces 2022 Special Winners

The Visual Effects Company (VES) announced its new Life and Honorary Members and this year’s recipient of the VES Founders Award. Winners will be celebrated at a special event in October.

Revered educator and industry leader Pam Hogarth was named the recipient of the 2022 VES Founders Awards. Additionally, the Society gifted Jeff Barnes, Patricia “Rose” Duignan, Hogarth, Toni Pace Carstensen and David Tanaka lifetime memberships to VES; and Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter with an honorary VES member.

“Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” said Lisa Cooke, Chair of the VES Board of Directors. “We are proud to recognize those who have helped shape our shared heritage and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Founders Award Recipient and VES Life Member:

Hogarth is honored for sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects and for meritorious service to the Society. In her 35+ years in high-end visual effects and computer graphics, she has filled many roles, from marketing to industry relations. Additionally, she has dedicated much of her career to incubating and growing educational programs to train people for careers in entertainment production. Hogarth has consulted with organizations and schools, coached entertainment professionals on career management, and taught.

Prior to co-founding Eido, a training company that facilitated the formation of IATSE creative guilds (sold in 2017), Hogarth was a publicist for VFX house LOOK Effects. As an industry liaison, she helped establish the Gnomon School of Visual Effects as a premier school for careers in digital production. She also directed the Digital Media Institute (DMI) in Hollywood and helped develop the American Film Institute’s (AFI) digital curriculum. His teaching experience includes Art Directors Guild, Otis College of Art and Design, cgsociety.org, Gnomon, DMI and AFI.

Hogarth has been active in the Visual Effects Society, including serving eight terms on the board of directors, being elected twice as first female vice president and chair of the education committee. She also served as secretary of the Los Angeles chapter of VES. Now retired, she is chairman of the board of the Elite Theater Company in Oxnard, California, and secretary of the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild.

Lifetime VES Member:

Barnes is honored for his meritorious service to the Society and the global industry. His impact as a creative entertainment and tech executive continues in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. As Executive Vice President of Creative Development at Light Field Lab, he leads cross-channel marketing initiatives and content creation for the company’s revolutionary SolidLight holographic display platform. Prior to Light Field Lab, he produced the world’s first high-resolution light field short film with the hand-casting academy’s award-winning team as Executive Director of Studio Productions at Lytro. Named one of the top 200 creative people in the world by Weekly entertainment, Barnes previously co-founded and led entertainment and visual effects companies including CaféFX, The Syndicate and Sententia Entertainment. Barnes was also a longtime leader of the Visual Effects Society, serving as President and Vice President of the Global Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the VES Summit.

Duignan is honored for his meritorious service to the Society and the global industry. She began her career in visual effects working on star wars, move up the production ladder from production assistant to production supervisor on Return of the Jedi. Duignan was ILM’s first marketing director and remained there for more than a dozen years. She has also worked in marketing, sales, and executive production at Tippett Studio, ABC TV, Rhythm & Hues, and Kerner Optical (a spinoff from ILM’s practical effects departments). She co-wrote Ballantine’s coffee table book titled “ILM: Into the Digital Realm”. Duignan is known for its commitment to families and started the ILM daycare in 1990, which still operates (with a waiting list) today. She continues to play a role in uplifting women, people of color, and veterans of the visual effects world through her service on the Education Committee of the Visual Effects Society.

cartensen is honored for his meritorious service to the Society and the global industry. A 2017 VES Founders Award recipient and founding member of the Visual Effects Society, Carstensen was a 0004 member when he joined the organization and served as the society’s first treasurer. She was a founding member of the executive committee, served on the global board of directors, co-chair of the global education committee, co-editor of the first edition of the VES Handbook of Visual Effects and the board of education. She is at the origin of the concept of “VESAGE”, a book presenting the personal art of the members of the VES. Carstensen is a longtime chair of the Vision committee, which continues to engage with frontiers, including VR/AR and holograms. She is the treasurer of the Los Angeles chapter. His feature films include VFX Producer/Digital Production Manager on Avatar, Minority reportand Fantasy 2000.

Tanaka is honored for his meritorious service to the Society and the global industry as an editor, producer and creative director with experience ranging from visual effects and animation to documentaries and live-action feature films. He has over 25 years of contribution to the entertainment industry, having spent 15 years with Industrial Light & Magic in VFX production and VFX writing on films including Jurassic Park, Forrest Gumpand star wars. At Pixar Animation Studios, he worked for 10 years as a special projects editor. Tanaka currently holds a position as a VFX editor at Tippett Studio and is an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He served three terms as President of the VES Bay Area Chapter and Second Vice President of the Global Board of Directors. He also contributes to the VES Archives, Awards, Outreach and Work from Home committees.

Honorary member:

Doctor is the Oscar-winning director of Monsters Inc.., At the top, Upside downand Soul and Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios. His tenure at Pixar began in 1990 as the studio’s third animator. He collaborated with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton to develop the story and characters of toy story, Pixar’s first animated feature, for which he also supervised the animation. Docter was a screenwriter on The life of an insect and wrote the first treatments in history for toy story 2 and WALL•E. He produced monster university and Oscar winner Brave. It was nominated for nine Oscars and won three, including Best Animated Feature – winners At the top, Upside downand Souland Best Original Screenplay nominations for At the top, Upside downand WALL•E. Docter also won two VES Awards – for Outstanding Animation in a Motion Picture for At the top and Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature for Soul.

Source: Visual Effects Society

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