September 30, 2008
Sydney, Australia – The Visual Effects Society (VES) has welcomed Australia on board as an official Section to the society that represents more than 1700 visual effects and computer graphics professionals internationally. Australia joins San Francisco, London and Vancouver to become the fourth VES section, bolstering its status as a hub of business and professional excellence in visual effects, computer graphics and digital production for the entertainment industry. The VES is headquartered in Los Angeles and is a non-profit, professional, honourary Society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of digital visual effects. The VES Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the creation of the Australian Section based on the significant number of VES members based there and following a petition that was raised by members and presented to the Board. The three main areas that the Australian VES Section will focus on in the short term are Craft, Training/Education and Policy via a series of seminars, workshops, training initiatives and other events that will also help to build profile, share knowledge and provide valuable networking opportunities. “Because of all the fine work coming out of Australia, we were convinced it was only a matter of time before a formal section of VES would be formed there,” VES executive director Eric Roth said.