A George Melies Award for Ed Catmull

AWN reports that VES Board of Directors will be presenting Pixar co-founder and Disney Animation president Dr. Ed Catmull with the ”2010 Georges Melies Award.”  The Melies Award is awarded to people who have ”pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry by a way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”

“Ed Catmull has helped redefine the field of animation over the past three decades,” said VES Executive Director Eric Roth. “Ed has become one of the giants of our industry by pioneering new ways to tell animated stories in a successful studio environment. He has been at the forefront of ensuring that while the animation should always be as eye-popping as possible, the story itself always has to be first class as well,” added Roth.

Dr. Ed Catmull help spearhead the hardware and software technology that makes the 3d animation we are so used to today possible.  He was vice-president of Lucasfilm’s Computer Division where his contributions can be seen in computer animation and graphics, digital audio, editing, and gaming production.  Every industry that requires animation, effects, or video editing uses technology by Catmull.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Georges Melies Award from the Visual Effects Society,” said Dr. Catmull. “I’ve always believed that the combination of art and technology is an important part of a creative environment where we can continue to push the limits of filmmaking.”

The VES Award Ceremony will be held February 28, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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