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Samsung's "Ostrich" by Leo Burnett

Samsung’s “Ostrich” by Leo Burnett

Burnett & Samsung take home top commercial award from 16th annual Visual Effects Society

Hot off the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards, comedian / author Patton Oswalt was back on the mic for the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Same location. Different awards. Wonder if he got a room.

With over 1000 guests in attendance, The VES Awards recognized outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in commercials, film, animation, television, video games and special venues.

Awards presenters included fan favorite Mark Hamill, Coco director Lee Unkrich, War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, Academy Award nominee Diane Warren, Jaime Camil, Dan Stevens, Elizabeth Henstridge, Sydelle Noel, Katy Mixon and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

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Samsung’s Do What You Can’t and Ostrich won top honors in the commercial field, scoring three awards in Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial, Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial and Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial.



Oscar nominee War for the Planet of the Apes was named Photoreal Feature Film Winner, as well as earning three other awards.



Coco, also up for an Oscar, was named top animated film, also earning four awards. Games of Thrones was named best Photoreal episode and garnered five awards – the most wins of the night.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau. Academy-Award winning producer Jon Landau presented the Georges Méliès Award to Academy Award-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri, VES.

A full list of winners can be viewed here.

Luci Creative launches new showcase website

Design firm Luci Creative announced the launch of its brand new, mobile-optimized website. The announcement was made by company principal AJ Goehle, who was recently named Executive Director.

“We have so much news coming to light, so many new talents and business developments to share with the world, that we prioritized our website and redesigned it from scratch, with the future in mind,” Goehle began. “After opening our Boston office last year, adding amazing new talents in Chicago and winning an expanding list of exciting new project assignments, across the board, everyone at Luci now has an online showcase we all can be especially proud of.”

Visitors to the new site will see impressive evidence of Luci’s experiential storytelling expertise in strategy, environmental design, graphic design, media and interactive development, and implementation. Among scores of featured works, highlights include the following:

Cultural Institutions: The First Division Museum; Halls of the Pacific at the Field Museum; Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists “Doomsday Clock” exhibit and U-505 Interactive Dive Trainer at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Children’s Museums: The Chicago Children’s Museum’s “Once Upon a Castle” exhibit; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago “Numbers in Nature” exhibit – and the institution’s popular “Mirror Maze” traveling exhibit, appearing now at Museum of Science Boston (Feb. 4 to April 25), and coming soon to Arizona Science Center (June 29 to Sept. 4) and Las Vegas Springs Preserve (Sept. 27 to Jan. 6, 2019)

Corporate: Microsoft’s Envisioning Centers across the globe; the Pacific Gas & Electric Zero Net Energy Home permanent installation in Stockton, California; and Fisher Nuts Corporate Heritage exhibit

The website can be viewed here.

AICP announces 2018 Curatorial Committee

Liz Taylor
Liz Taylor

Count FCB’s award-winning Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor among the 2018 AICP Curatorial Committee.

Yesterday, Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP, and Robin Shenfield, CEO and Co-Founder, of The Mill and the 2018 Chairperson of the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, today announced the composition of the Show’s Curatorial Committee.

“The Curatorial process and Committee makes the AICP Show stand out as one of the most important awards shows in the world,” noted Miller. “The idea of having all craft disciplines in one room ensures that the best work becomes a part of the year’s installment of the AICP Show, to be archived by the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art.”

Under the direction of Shenfield and Miller, the Curatorial Committee is comprised of a diverse array of industry leaders, working in all disciplines that contribute to creating marketing in the motion image.

Joining Taylor on the Committee will be Cutters’ Managing Director/Partner, Craig Duncan from Chicago. From Los Angeles, PRETTYBIRD’s VP/Executive Producer Ali Brown, Lora Schulson, Director of Production, 72andSunny.

The AICP Next Awards will debut on June 12th at Tishman Auditorium, and the AICP Show premieres during a screening and gala at The Museum of Modern Art in New York on June 14th. The Call for Entries for the AICP Awards are now open.

The full Curatorial Committee can be viewed here.

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