Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

Deadline | 8/15/2018 | Erik Pedersen
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Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership).

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

List - Year - VES - Honorees - Bios

Here is the full list of this year’s VES honorees, with bios provided by the guild. This year’s VES Fellows will be announced later.

Gene Kozicki for his sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects and meritorious service to the Society. Gene Kozicki has served as a member of the Board of Directors and L.A. Section Board of Managers and was the co-founder of the VES Festival for many years, as well as moderator of numerous VES panels. As chair of the VES Archives Committee, he helped secure portions of personal archives of Robert Abel, Richard Edlund and others and was instrumental in organizing the VES archives and helping to secure funding to digitize many of our assets. As a VFX Historian, Kozicki is active in the archiving of information, imagery and artifacts from the visual effects industry and regularly consults with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque on retrospectives and conservation.

Kozicki - Career - Decades - Robert - Dennis

Kozicki’s career has spanned almost three decades, from working with Robert and Dennis Skotak, who were tasked with blowing up Los Angeles for TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY. He joined VIFX in 1994 and then worked with Rhythm & Hues for more than...
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