VES Awards Presenters to Include Directors Lucas, Bay and Stanton

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Article Date: February 6, 2007 | Publication: VFX World | Author: VFX Newswire
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The Visual Effects Society (VES) has lined up a prestigious group of presenters for the 5th Annual VES Awards, Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood.

George Lucas has been tapped to present this year's VES Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Dennis Muren with his award. Muren, who broke into the visual effects industry 30 years ago on Lucas' landmark STAR WARS, has eight Oscars for best achievement in visual effects and is the creative force at Industrial Light & Magic. Key presenters include directors Michael Bay (PEARL HARBOR, ARMAGEDDON) and Andrew Stanton (FINDING NEMO and the upcoming WALL-E) and cinematographer Dean Semler (APOCALYPTO, BRUCE ALMIGHTY). Actors Masi Oka, star of NBC's new hit series Heroes, who moonlights in his non-acting life as one of ILM's software geniuses, and Gerard Butler, star of the upcoming 300, will also be among this year's presenters.

"This year's presenters represent many aspects of entertainment," said exec director Eric Roth."It's another indication of how widespread the use of visual effects across these industries truly is and also shows how popular our awards show has become."

For VES Awards ticket information, please contact Michael Teta Associates at 818/906-0240.

One of Hollywood's youngest organizations, the VES ( was formed in 1997 in response to the explosive growth in the visual effects industry. It is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to improving the welfare of its members by providing professional enrichment and education, fostering community, and promoting industry recognition. The VES is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. Comprised of a diverse group of about 1,500 global members, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.