16th December 2017 saw the formation of the Visual Effects Society India on the premises of the prestigious RedChillies VFX studio, Mumbai where a grand party was hosted.
The famed studio opened its arms to welcome the best of the best animation and visual effects talent in India and hosted the inaugural party to welcome all the VES India members.
The event was to officially announce the formation of the VES India chapter and also to facilitate all the elected Board members from the recent internal elections.
At this point, it can be said that if it wasn’t for Tim McGovern’s persuasion and undying efforts for long years, the advent of the Visual Effects Society in India wouldn’t have been possible. He is the founding and current chairman of the VES Committee for Outreach to Developing Regions and is a board member of the society for over 18 years and has helped India build its membership numbers until it could form a VES Section for itself.
Starting from January 2018, the VES will have the head of the Prana Studios Anish Mulani as its chairman, Keitan Yadav, co-founder and COO of RedChillies VFX as the co-chairman, Devrishi Chatterjee, lead compositor at Moving Picture Company, Bangalore as the secretary and Abhishek Krishnan, Graphics PR Manager at AMD India as the Treasurer.
The Board managers who will help the elected representative’s perform their day-to-day activities in expanding VES India are: Bejoy Arputharaj, VFX Supervisor / Managing Director at PhantomFx, Chennai, Suresh Kondareddy, VFX supervisor/Creative Head at Digikore Studios Pvt Ltd, Pune, Neil Sadwelkar, Director at Digital Dada, Mumbai, Sachin Shrestha, Production Technology Supervisor at Prana Studios, Mumbai, Mohinder Subramaniam and Madhu Sudhanan, sr. Visual Effects Supervisor.
The Visual Effects Society (VES) is a global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry’s only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers.
The Society has over 3,400 members in more than 35 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment – film, television, commercials, animation, special venue, games and new media.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the VES has member sections in Australia, Bay Area (CA), Germany, India, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.