Very Special Effects

January 25, 2010

As part of the yearly season of film and television awards, the Visual Effects Society (VES) presents an annual slate of prizes for the best effects artistry in more than 20 categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games. This year’s VES nominees have been announced, and seven SVA alumni and faculty members have been singled out.

For their work on Pepsi’s The Flight of the Penguin commercial, James Dick (BFA 2007 Computer Art), Seth Gollub (BFA 2005 Computer Art), Spencer Leuders, (Faculty, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department) and Andy Walker (Faculty, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department) are up for Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial; Golub and Walker are also nominees for the same Pepsi ad in the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial category.

In the category of Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture, Brenton Cottman (BFA 2003 Illustration) is nominated for his work as lead matte painter for the hit film Avatar.

The 8th Annual VES Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 28, in Los Angeles. Visit for more information.

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