Artists from Iloura were among those celebrated in Tinseltown this month for creating the year’s most outstanding work with Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards and Ghostbusters at the 44th Annual Annie Awards and 15th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards.
At the VES Awards on February 7 held in the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel, Iloura VFX Supervisor Glenn Melenhorst was among the recipients of the evening’s top honour for TV work – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode, for Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards, sharing the trophy with Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Matthew Rouleau and Sam Conway.
Iloura’s team of Dominic Hellier, Morgan Jones, Thijs Noij and Caleb Thompson also received the Award for Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode for “Battle of the Bastards” at the fun, high-spirited event hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt. Iloura’s work and artists on the episode were also nominated for Virtual Cinematography and Effects Simulations. The evening honoured Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso with its VES Visionary Award, and VFX pioneer Ken Ralston with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
On February 4, at Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, Melenhorst and Iloura VFX Executive Producer Ineke Majoor were on site to represent Iloura’s work on Ghostbusters and Game of Thrones nominated for character and effects animation work at the Annie Awards. While they didn’t take home an award, having work nominated by their peers as the year’s best was a significant honour.
Next up: The Oscars, where Iloura VFX Supervisor Jason Billington will carry the Iloura flag representing the team’s work onDeepwater Horizon, nominated for the Visual Effects Academy Award, on February 26th at the Dolby Theatre.