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Spielberg to receive SFX award

02/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Steven Spielberg has been chosen to receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. Spielberg has been selected for its highest honor in recognition of the contribution that his body of work, as both a director and producer, has made to the art and science of visual effects in science fiction and fantasy movies.

"Steven Spielberg is the first director that to comes to mind when you think of amazing visual effects due to his enormous body of creative groundbreaking work," Jeff Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society told "This award also recognises what kind of magic can be made when a filmmaker knows how best to mine and collaborate with the talent, experience and knowledge of his VFX team."

Previous recipients of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award include George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis and Dennis Muren.

"Steven Spielberg's resume reads like a timeline of visual effects milestones," added Eric Roth at the VES. "As a director and a producer, he is constantly pushing the boundaries of the industry and rethinking the function of visual effects in film, TV, video games and animation to find new and innovative methods of storytelling. There are very few artists who have done more to move the VFX industry forward."

The annual VES Awards show honors the most outstanding visual effects in film, television, commercials and video games. Winners from 2007 included Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (John Knoll, Jill Brooks, Hal Hickel, Charlie Gibson) for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture and Battlestar Galactica - Episode 303b "Exodus" (Gary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Alec McClymont, Brenda Campbell) for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series.

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