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The Visual Effects Society unveils the list of special winners

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the 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 has been named the recipient of the 2022 VES Founders Awards. The Society has named Jeff Barnes, Patricia “Rose” Duignan, Hogarth, Toni Pace Carstensen and David Tanaka as Life Members of the VES, and Pete Docter as an honorary member of the VES.

“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: Pam Hogarth for her sustained contributions to the art, science, or business of visual effects and her meritorious service to the Society. In his more than 35 years in high-end visual effects and computer graphics, Hogarth has filled many roles, from marketing to industry relations. Most of his career has been spent incubating and growing educational programs to train people for careers in entertainment production. Hogarth has also 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, which was successfully 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 the premier school for careers in digital production. She directed the Digital Media Institute (DMI) in Hollywood and helped develop the American Film Institute’s (AFI) digital curriculum. His teaching experience includes the Art Directors Guild, Otis College of Art and Design, cgsociety.org, Gnomon, DMI and AFI.

Hogarth has been extremely active in VES, including serving eight terms on the board, being elected twice as the 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.

VES Life Member: Jeff Barnes for his meritorious service to the Society and the global industry. Barnes is a creative entertainment and technology executive who continues to make a big impact in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. As Executive Vice President of Creative Development at Light Field Lab, he drives cross-channel marketing initiatives and content creation for the company’s revolutionary SolidLight™ holographic display platform. Barnes previously co-founded and led entertainment and visual effects companies including CaféFX, The Syndicate and Sententia Entertainment. Barnes is a longtime leader of VES, serving as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Global Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the VES Summit.

VES Life Member: Patricia “Rose” Duignan for her meritorious service to the Society and to world industry. Duignan began working in visual effects on star wars. She worked her way up the production ladder from production assistant to production supervisor on Return of the Jedi. Duignan was ILM’s first marketing director, where she worked for more than a dozen years. In addition to ILM, Duignan contributed to his marketing, sales and executive production roles at Tippett Studio, ABC TV, Rhythm & Hues and Kerner Optical (a spin-off of ILM’s practical effects departments.) She is also co-author of Ballantine’s coffee table book titled “ILM: Into the Digital Realm”. Duignan’s greatest fame is her commitment to families, exemplified by the fact that she established the ILM daycare center in 1990, which still operates (with a waiting list) today. She continues to play a role in uplifting women, people of color, and veterans in the world of visual effects through her strong service on the VES Education Committee.

VES Life Member: Toni Pace Carstensen for meritorious service to the Society and global industry. A recipient of the 2017 VES Founders Award, Carstensen is a Founding Member of VES – joining the organization as Member 0004 and serving as the Society’s first Treasurer. She was a founding member of the executive committee and served on the global board for many years, as well as co-chair of the global education committee, co-editor of the first edition of the VES Handbook of Visual Effects. and with the education committee, generated the concept for “VESAGE” – a book showcasing the personal art of VES members. Carstensen is longtime chair of the Vision committee, which continues to engage with frontiers, including virtual reality/augmented reality and holograms, and treasurer of the Los Angeles chapter. His feature films include VFX Producer/Digital Production Manager on Avatar, minority report and Fantasy 2000.

VES Life Member: David Tanaka for his meritorious service to the Society and to global industry. Tanaka is an editor, producer and creative director with a background ranging from visual effects and animation to documentary and live action feature films, with over 25 years of contribution to the entertainment industry. For 15 years he worked at Industrial Light & Magic in VFX production and VFX writing on films including Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump and star wars. He then joined Pixar animation studios as a special projects editor for 10 years. 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. Tanaka served three terms as President of the VES Bay Area Chapter, as well as 2nd Vice President of the Global Board of Directors. He is also a major contributor to the VES Archives, Awards, Outreach and Work From Home committees.

Honorary member: Pete Docter. Docter is the Oscar-winning director of Monsters, Inc., Up, Inside Out and Soul, and Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios. Starting out at Pixar in 1990 as the studio’s third animator, Docter worked 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. He was a screenwriter on The life of an insectand wrote initial story treatments for both toy story 2 and WALL•E. In addition to directing his three films, Docter has also produced monster university and Oscar winner Brave. Docter was nominated for nine Oscars® and won three, including Best Animated Feature Upside down, upside down and Souland Best Original Screenplay nominations for Upside down, upside down and WALL•E. It won two VES Awards – for Outstanding Animation in a Moving Picture for At the top and for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature for Soul.