Visual Effects Branch Membership Requirements

From Academy Bylaws:

Article III, Section 1. Membership shall be by invitation of the Board of Governors. Invitations to active membership shall be limited to those persons employed by motion picture producing companies, or credited with screen achievements, or who have otherwise achieved distinction in their respective fields of endeavor within the industry and who, in the opinion of the Board, are qualified for membership.

To be considered for invitation to Academy membership in the Visual Effects Branch an individual must:

(a) have been actively engaged for the past 8 years in the production of Visual Effects for theatrical motion pictures in a key creative position such as: Visual Effects Supervisor; Mechanical/Special Effects Supervisor/Coordinator; Creature/Character Effects Supervisor; Visual Effects Director of Photography; Visual Effects Design Supervisor; Model Effects Supervisor; Digital Effects Supervisor; Matte Painting Supervisor; Visual Effects Animation Supervisor; Special Technology Supervisor; Effects Compositing Supervisor or Previs Supervisor.

or

(b) have been nominated for an Academy Award in the Visual Effects category in the most recent Awards year.

or

(c) have been in the Visual Effects field for 4 years and have achieved such special distinction that, in the judgment of ¾ of the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee members, membership should be extended.

Proposals must be accompanied by a letter from each sponsor which addresses, as specifically as possible, how the candidate meets one or another of the requirements above.

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