Sci-Tech Awards and Golden Globes

It's been an eventful couple of days for the Toronto VFX scene.

On Thursday the Scientific and Technical Achievements Oscars were announced.  Among the awards was:

To Jeff Lait, Mark Tucker, Cristin Barghiel and John Lynch for their contributions to the design and architecture of the Houdini visual effects and animation system.

Houdini’s dynamics framework and workflow management tools have helped it become the industry standard for bringing natural phenomena, destruction and other digital effects to the screen.

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To Mark Elendt and Side Effects Software for the creation and development of the Houdini visual effects and animation system.

With more than twenty years of continual innovation, Houdini has delivered the power of procedural methods to visual effects artists, making it the industry standard for bringing natural phenomena, destruction and other digital effects to the screen.

You can find the complete list of winners here.

Amazing that Houdini is developed right here in Toronto, awesome to see them get recognized this way. 


Last night Guillermo del Toro won a Golden Globe for Best Director for The Shape of Water, building momentum for the Academy Awards.  With Mr.X's work playing such a prominent role in the film, it will be interesting to see if it gets a Best VFX nomination.  FX Guide has released an in-depth report on what Mr.X did in the film.

The work was presented at the VFX Bake Off on Saturday night, best of luck to everyone at Mr.X!