CATEGORY: Visual Effects
SPEECH BY: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
FILM: "Life of Pi"
The irony is not lost on any of us up here that in a film whose central premise is to ask the audience what they believe is real or not real, most of what you see is, well, it’s fake. That’s the magic of visual effects. I want to thank Gil Netter and Elizabeth Gabler and all those at Fox and Fox 2000 for realizing that sometimes it takes a risk to make something special. And LIFE OF PI was a risk worth taking. To our director, Ang Lee, you were an inspiration and you made it an incredible journey for all of us. To David Womark, Mike Malone and Tommy Fisher for making a wave tank that kept us from having to go out to the real ocean and John Kilkenny for inviting all of us to the party in the first place. to my family for all the sacrifices they made, Gabrielle I love you so much, to my children: Christopher, Thomas, Alexander and Samantha, thank you for inspiring me every day, my mom and dad thank you for telling me to do any crazy career choice I wanted. Finally, I want to thank all the artists who worked on this film for over a year, including Rhythm & Hues. Sadly Rhythm & Hues is suffering severe financial difficulties right now. I urge you all to remember….
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