Pam Hogarth won the Visual Effects Society Founders Award; More VES Winners – Deadline
Pam Hogarth will be this year’s recipient of the Visual Effects Society Founders Award for her contributions to the art, science and business of visual effects and for her meritorious service to the Society. She and Jeff Barnes, Patricia “Rose” Duignan, Toni Pace Carstensen and David Tanaka will also receive lifetime VES memberships, while three-time Oscar-winning director Pete Docter will be named an honorary member.
They will be celebrated at a special event in October.
“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.”
Hogarth, who served eight terms on the VES board, was twice elected its first female vice president and chair of its education committee. She also served as secretary of the Los Angeles chapter of VES. Now retired, she directed the Digital Media Institute in Hollywood and helped develop the American Film Institute’s digital curriculum. She also co-founded Eido, the company that trains IATSE members in digital effects, and as an industry liaison helped make the Gnomon School of Visual Effects one of the top schools for careers. in digital production.
Barnes, executive vice president of creative development at Light Field Lab, is honored for his meritorious service to the Society and the visual effects industry. A long-time leader of the Visual Effects Society, he served as president and vice-chairman of the board and co-chair of the VES Summit.
Duignan, who serves on the education committee of VES, was the first marketing director of Industrial Light & Magic, where she worked for more than a dozen years. She started working in visual effects on star wars, she rose through the ranks from production assistant to production supervisor on Return of the Jedi. She has also worked at Tippett Studio, ABC TV, Rhythm & Hues and Kerner Optical.
Pace Carstensen, founding member of the Visual Effects Society and its first treasurer, was the 2017 recipient of its Founders Award. His many film credits include VFX Producer/Digital Production Manager on Avatar, minority report and Fantasy 2000.
Tanaka, who served as 2nd Vice Chairman of the VES Board of Directors and three terms as VES Bay Area Chapter President, worked for 15 years at Industrial Light & Magic on movies such as Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump and Star Wars. He then worked for 10 years at Pixar Animation Studios as a special projects editor. He currently holds a position as a VFX editor at Tippett Studio and is an assistant professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Docter, creative director at Pixar Animation Studios, is the Oscar-winning director of soul high and Upside down. Nominated for six more Oscars, it also won two VES awards – for Outstanding Animation in a Motion Picture for At the top and for visual effects in an animated feature for Soul.
Founded in 1997, the Visual Effects Society has nearly 4,500 members in 45 countries.