DNEG had a great night in Beverly Hills in the last week. During the 17th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards, they took home awards for work done on First Man for Universal, as well as the Netflix series Altered Carbon.
DNEG’s VFX Supervisors, artists, and crews were named in seven nominations overall this year. The winners in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature’ category were the teams and leads, including Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Kevin Elam, Ian Hunter and JD Schwalm.
DNEG was the lead VFX house on First Man, and Academy Award-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert supervised all the VFX work. The team used a blend of cutting-edge in-camera VFX techniques, special effects, scale models and never-before-seen footage from NASA’s archives to tell the story of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon and back.
First Man is also nominated in the ‘Visual Effects’ category for the 91st Academy Awards which goes to air live on February 24th, as well as in the ‘Best Special Visual Effects’ category for the EE BAFTAs 2019 on February 10th. In total, DNEG contributed to four out of the five films shortlisted for the VFX BAFTA this year.
Altered Carbon was the largest TV project ever undertaken by DNEG when the studio began work on it in 2017, and as lead vendor, DNEG worked on all ten episodes. Overall VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell and DNEG VFX Supervisor Steve Moncur oversaw the delivery over 1,500 shots featuring huge environments and assets, and complex FX simulations including the crash of ‘Head In The Clouds’, the giant orbital platform, and Raven Hotel AI proprietor Poe’s apparitions and ultimate deconstruction.
Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host for the eighth time to the more than 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 24 awards categories. Avengers: Infinity War was named the photoreal feature winner, winning four awards. Spider‐Man: Into the Spider‐Verse was named the top animated film, also winning four awards. Lost in Space was named best photoreal episode and also scooped four.
The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry’s only organisation representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers. The VES Awards recognise and honour the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and the artists who created them. The VES has more than 3,700 members worldwide who contribute to all areas of entertainment – film, television, commercials, animation, special venue, games and new media.