‘Star Wars’ the most influential visual effects film of all time

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The Visual Effects Society has announced the results of the VES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time, which was determined by a vote of VES members.  Star Wars claimed the top spot as the most influential effects movie ever and with good reason. It was the turning point for most effects thatmade the blockbuster era possible, along with the pioneering efforts of Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). 

The Top 10 Movies on the list were: 

1. Star Wars (1977)

2. Blade Runner (1982)

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (tie)

3. The Matrix (1999) (tie)

5. Jurassic Park (1993)

6. Tron (1982)

7. King Kong (1933)

8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

9. Alien (1979)

10. The Abyss (1989) 

For the rest of the list, click here. Eric Roth (not to be confused with the writer of Forrest Gump), Executive Director of The Visual Effects Society had this to say: 

We’re thrilled to present VES 50. These films have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral, artistic element of cinematic expression and the storytelling process. We are equally thrilled about the programs that  follow this theme and the industry’s living legends we have participating in them."   

The VES 50 is the lead up to the 2007 VES Festival of Visual Effects, which will take place the weekend of June 7-10 at the Writers Guild Theater inBeverly Hills. There will be a panel discussing the VES 50 that includes Academy Award-winners Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Doug Trumbull and John Dykstra (tent.), as well as moderator, Academy Award-winner John Knoll. Some of the other programs that will be showcased during the Festival include:

The Art Of The Miniature: What Can You Get Me In Two Weeks?

Vfx Manipulation: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Pre-Viz: All The Ins And Outs 

The Festival kicks off with an Opening Night Party at 7:30 pm Thursday, 6/7/2007. From 10:00am to 10:00pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Visual FX pros and fans will have the opportunity to attend discussion panels with industry leaders and legends, screenings of past and present films and the presentation of the VES 50: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time.

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