We’re kicking off the year in style with both BAFTA and VES nominations for our feature film work
Working closely with director Jon Favreau and Production VFX Supervisor Robert Legato, MPC’s VFX Supervisor Adam Valdez and Producer Philip Greenlow lead a team of more than 800 visual effects artist based at MPC’s London and Bangalore studios to deliver the stunning effects for the movie.
As lead VFX studio, MPC created The Jungle Book’s stunning CG environments and brought the film’s most iconic characters to life. Best friend Baloo the bear, Mowgli’s wolf family, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the python, and the villainous tiger Shere Khan would be built bone, skin, hair and whisker. 54 species of animals and 224 unique animals were created and new computer programs were made to better simulate muscles, skin and fur. The newest filmmaking technologies were used to create a seamless experience for audiences, without a hint the film was shot entirely in Los Angeles on sound stages.
MPC’s team was also nominated for 4 VES Awards. Adam Valdez received a nomination for The Jungle Book In the ‘Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture’ category and Tyler Kehl and Bryan Litson have been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature for Sully. In the discipline specific categories, MPC artists received nominations for Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature for The Jungle Book’s Shere Khan and Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature for The Jungle Book’s ‘Naturalistic Effects.’
The Jungle Book also won the HPA Award and Critic’s Choice Award for best Visual Effects and has been nominated for an Annie Award.
John Lewis ‘Buster the Boxer’ picks up an impressive total of four nominations for the 15th Annual VES Awards
The annual VES Awards recognise outstanding VFX artistry and innovation worldwide in film, animation, TV, commercial and games – as well as the supervisors, producers and artists to bring the work to life. Following last night’s hotly anticipated announcement, we’ve been shortlisted for a grand total of four nominations in the following categories: VFX, Animation, Compositing and Simulation.
Awarding people at ‘the pinnacle of creative excellence’, the 2017 shortlist is testament to the outstanding artistry, storytelling and craft of our VFX artists, who produced the most viral ad of 2016.
A special mention also goes to ‘Elemental’, a student project nominated for an award. Its VFX Supervisor, a trainee at Filmakadamie, is currently working as a compositer here at MPC. A rising star to watch!
Huge congratulations to the nominees – here’s to a winning year.
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