Applied For Membership In The Visual Effects Society

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I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for just the ability to do this.  There are two requirements for applying:
  • -Work in the visual effects industry for five years
  • -Get two current members to sponsor you
To me, being eligible for VES membership is a great honor because it means I am celebrating five years at the world’s greatest visual effects company and I have forged friendships that I value.  While my list of credits is not long, I am proud of the work we do on a daily basis. 

When I started, I was in the render support unit, where we monitored the computers throughout the night and into the morning.  I still remember my first day (pictured above) when Ryan Smith showed me the ropes and how wide-eyed I was at the images of (believe it or not) “Poseidon”.  Back in 2006, we were watching shots for five movies that were going to release in the summer (a sixth was added later):

We were also working on a test for what would later become
the highest grossing movie of all time.  That feels like a long time ago, and even though I feel like I have a long way ahead of me, this five year milestone is definitely significant.

More info about the Visual Effects Society (from their site):

The Visual Effects Society (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 more than 2,000 members in 20 countries, 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.

There are many perks for membership, but mostly, you become a part of a society amongst your peers with the goal of promoting our industry.

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