Four ILM Projects Selected for 2005 VFX Bake-Off

by malducin

The Academy Announced the 7 finalists for the Visual Effects Bake-Off: Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and War of the Worlds. The SciTech winners have also been announced.

The nominees seem to be:

Batman Begins: Janek Sirrs, Dan Glass, Chris Corbould and Paul Franklin. Work mainly done by Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, BUF Compagnie, Rising Sun Pictures, The Senate, Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Cutting Edge.

Batman Begins

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Nick Davis, Nikki Penny, Chas Jarrett and Jon Thum. Work mainly done by Cinesite Europe, Framestore CFC, The Moving Picture Company, Asylum and Digital Domain.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Dean Wright, Bill Westenhoffer, Jim Berney and Scott Farrar. Work mainly done by Rhythm and Hues, Imageworks, ILM, New Deal Studios, Studio C, Digital Dream, Sandbox Effects, Illusion Arts, Pacific Title and Art Studio, Soho Visual Effects, Svengali Visual Effects and Hatch Production.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Jim Mitchell, Tim Alexander, Tim Webber and John Richardson. Work mainly done by ILM, Framestore CFC, Double Negative, Cinesite Europe, BUF Compagnie, Animal Logic, The Orphanage and Rising Sun Pictures.

Harry Poter and the Goblet of Fire

King Kong: Joe Letteri, Christian Rivers, Brian Van't Hul and Richard Taylor. Work done by Weta Digital.

King Kong

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith: John Knoll, Roger Guyett, Rob Coleman and Brian Gernand. Work done by ILM.

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

War of the Worlds: Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randy Dutra and Daniel Sudick. Work done by ILM.

War of the Worlds

Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists. You can read the press releases here:

Academy Announces Visual Effects Competitors
Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored with Academy Awards

As far as the SciTech Awards, the two ILM techniques nominated last year made the final cut. There are 4 VFX related ones: two of them for Pixar for their work on subdivision surfaces and cloth simulation, another for the J-Vis previz system (former ILM member Alvah J. Miller is one of the recipients) and another for pioneering work in cloth simulation by John Platt and Demetri Terzopoulos.

Animation World Network also has a photo gallery display of the Bake-Off finalists:

2006 Academy Award for Best VFX

AWN link originally spotted on

The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2006, at 5:30am PST, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater by Academy President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mira Sorvino. The Academy Awards will be handed March 5, 2006 at 5pm PST.