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‘Gravity’ Honored by Sherman Oaks Trade Group

Space thriller “Gravity” received six honors Wednesday night at the Visual Effects Society Awards, the most of any nominee. Among the categories the film won in was outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture. That category is the Sherman Oaks society’s equivalent of the Best Visual Effects category at the Academy Awards. “Frozen,” produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, in Burbank, won four awards, including outstanding animation in an animated feature motion picture, outstanding animated character for the Snow Queen, outstanding created environment for Elsa’s Ice Palace, and outstanding effects and simulation animation. “Gravity,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Burbank, also won in created environment, compositing, simulation animation, models, and virtual cinematography. Mousetrappe, a themed attraction and exhibit design firm in Burbank, won an award for the visual effects at the space shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center. The society presented its VES Visionary Award to Alfonso Cuarón, director of “Gravity” and its Lifetime Achievement Award to John Dyskstra, a visual effects artist who was among the original hires by George Lucas to start effects house Industrial Light & Magic in a warehouse in Van Nuys. The VES has more than 3,000 members around the world that chose the nominees in 24 categories for feature films, television series, commercials, video games, live venue attractions and student work. The awards show was held at the Beverly Hilton.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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