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‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ honoured at VES Awards
08 Feb 2017 : Katie McNeice
The Visual Effects Society Awards honoured fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’ for the acclaimed ninth episode of its sixth season, ‘Battle of the Bastards’, as well as animated feature film ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ voiced by NI talent Art Parkinson.

Other titles honoured at the ceremony were ‘The Jungle Book’, the latest John Lewis commercial ‘Buster the Boxer’, ‘Moana’ ‘Breaking Point’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Finding Dory’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Unchartered 4’ and ‘Black Sails’.

‘Game of Thrones’ received five awards in total for ‘Battle of the Bastards’:

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
  • Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project
  • Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
  • Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
  • Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Both ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’  have received an impressive haul of awards in the last number of months, with ‘Game of Thrones’ honoured Outstanding Visual Effects at the Emmy awards ceremony in September 2016. This award, in addition to those for Outstanding Drama Series, Best Drama Writing and Best Directing brought the series to a record-breaking thirty eight Emmy wins.  

Over six hundred VFX shots for the sixth season of the HBO series was completed by Dublin-based Screen Scene VFX, with over one hundred and fifty of these going to the award winning episode.

‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ was recently announced as a nominated title in the category of Best Animated Feature in the upcoming Academy Awards, with lead voice actor Art Parkinson also nominated at the Annie Awards last week for an Outstanding Achievement of Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book – winner
  • Robert Legato
  • Joyce Cox
  • Andrew R. Jones
  • Adam Valdez
  • JD Schwalm

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • Deepwater Horizon – winner
  • Craig Hammack
  • Petra Holtorf-Stratton
  • Jason Snell
  • John Galloway
  • Burt Dalton

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

  • Kubo and the Two Strings – winner
  • Travis Knight
  • Arianne Sutner
  • Steve Emerson
  • Brad Schiff

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

  • Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards – winner
  • Joe Bauer
  • Steve Kullback
  • Glenn Melenhorst
  • Matthew Rouleau
  • Sam Conway

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

  • Black Sails, XX – winner
  • Erik Henry
  • Terron Pratt
  • Aladino Debert
  • Yafei Wu
  • Paul Stephenson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

  • Uncharted 4, A Thief’s End – winner
  • Bruce Straley
  • Eben Cook
  • Iki Ikram

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

  • John Lewis, Buster the Boxer – winner
  • Diarmid Harrison-Murray
  • Hannah Ruddleston
  • Fabian Frank
  • William Laban

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure – winner
  • Bill George
  • Amy Jupiter
  • Hayden Landis
  • David Lester

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book, King Louie – winner
  • Paul Story
  • Dennis Yoo
  • Jack Tema
  • Andrei Coval

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

  • Finding Dory – Hank, winner
  • Jonathan Hoffman
  • Steven Clay Hunter
  • Mark Piretti
  • Audrey Wong

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards - winner
  • James Kinnings
  • Michael Holzl
  • Matt Derksen
  • Joseph Hoback

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial

  • John Lewis, Buster the Boxer
  • Tim van Hussen
  • David Bryan
  • Chloe Dawe
  • Maximilian Mallmann

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

  • Doctor Strange, New York City - winner
  • Adam Watkins
  • Martijn van Herk
  • Tim Belsher
  • Jon Mitchell

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

  • Moana, Motunui Island – winner
  • Rob Dressel
  • Andy Harkness
  • Brien Hindman
  • Larry Wu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards, Meereen City
  • Deak Ferrand
  • Dominic Daigle
  • François Croteau
  • Alexandru Banuta

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

  • The Jungle Book
  • Bill Pope
  • Robert Legato
  • Gary Roberts
  • John Brennan

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Deepwater Horizon, Deepwater Horizon Rig
  • Kelvin Lau
  • Jean Bolte
  • Kevin Sprout
  • Kim Vongbunyong

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book — Nature Effects
  • Oliver Winwood
  • Fabian Nowak
  • David Schneider
  • Ludovic Ramisandraina

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

  • Moana - winner
  • Marc Henry Bryant
  • David Hutchins
  • Ben Frost
  • Dale Mayeda

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards, Meereen City – winner
  • Thomas Hullin
  • Dominik Kirouac
  • James Dong
  • Xavier Fourmond

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book – winner  
  • Christoph Salzmann
  • Masaki Mitchell
  • Matthew Adams
  • Max Stummer

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

  • Game of Thrones, Battle of the Bastards, Retaking Winterfell – winner
  • Dominic Hellier
  • Morgan Jones
  • Thijs Noij
  • Caleb Thompson

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

  • John Lewis, Buster the Boxer – winner
  • Tom Harding
  • Alex Snookes
  • David Filipe
  • Andreas Feix

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

  • Breaking Point – winner
  • Johannes Franz
  • Nicole Rothermel
  • Thomas Sali
  • Alexander Richter

Learn More about the Visual Effects Society Awards




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