The Visual Effects Society is opening a new section in the Empire State.
The New York section, which represents some 2,500 visual effects professionals, is the group’s sixth and joins sections in Australia, New Zealand, London, San Francisco and Vancouver. Members participating in this section are based in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
In order to qualify for official section status, 50 regional VES members had to organize and petition the VES board of directors for recognition. The New York Section will focus its short-term goals on establishing member education and mentoring programs, organizing and hosting creative and technical panels, and expanding local membership in the region.
“With New York coming online, the VES has made a major leap in the depth of art and technique across all verticals of the industry worldwide,” says VES chairman Jeffry A. Okun.
At the first meeting of the New York VES section, members elected the first board of managers with Sarah Dowland as chairwoman, Eric J. Robertson as secretary and treasurer, and members at large Ivan Moran, Mark Russell, Lesley Robson-Foster, Mitchell Ferm, Jim Rider, David Bernkopf and Aleksandar Djordjevic.