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Visible Results Society Proclaims 2023 Board of Administrators Officers


The Visible Results Society (VES), the trade’s world skilled honorary society, has introduced its 2023 Board of Administrators Officers. Elected on the January 2023 Board assembly, the officers comprise the VES Board Government Committee, and embody re-elected Board Chair Lisa Cooke, the primary girl to carry this position because the Society’s inception.

“It’s my privilege to proceed to Chair this world society of excellent artists and innovators,” stated Cooke. “The esteemed management on our Board brings ardour, various expertise and massive dedication to volunteer service to our group. I am enthusiastic about what we are able to obtain, working collectively, to develop the Society and take our worldwide membership to new heights.”

VES Government Director Nancy Ward stated, “The Society is so lucky to have this yr’s Government Committee members guiding our mission-driven work. Individually, they’ve every devoted numerous hours in service to VES, and collectively, they’ve a deep understanding of the group and an unwavering dedication to serve the membership. I sit up for working with this yr’s Government Committee to evolve the Society.”

The 2023 officers of the VES Board of Administrators are:

  • Chair: Lisa Cooke
  • First Vice Chair: Susan O’Neal
  • Second Vice Chair: David H. Tanaka
  • VES Secretary: Rita Cahill
  • Treasurer: Jeffrey A. Okun, VES

Lisa Cooke, Chair

A VFX Producer at Tippett Studio and an Government Producer at Tippett Productions, Cooke’s roles have included animation/VFX producer, story guide, screenwriter, and actor. Firmly believing that efficient science communication is important to our world, earlier than becoming a member of Tippett, she based Inexperienced Ray Media, the place she produced animation and VFX to create scientific, medical, and environmental media for a broad viewers.

Previously, Cooke has labored for leisure shoppers together with Lucasfilm, Fox, Common, and Nickelodeon Movies, and within the VFX and animation trade for firms like Pixar, Glasgow-based Digital Animations Group, and as Senior Producer at Reardon Studios.

Cooke served six years on the VES Bay Space Board of Managers Government Committee earlier than becoming a member of the VES Board of Administrators, the place she has served as Second Vice Chair, First Vice Chair, Co-Chair of the Archives Initiative, and can now serve her third time period as Chair.

Susan O’Neal, 1st Vice Chair

O’Neal joined the VES within the late Nineties and has served as a member of its world Board of Administrators in a number of roles, together with on the Government Committee in 2016 as Treasurer, and as 2nd Vice Chair in 2022. For a few years, she served because the Chair for the legacy world Schooling Committee and at present co-chairs the Membership Committee. She has been instrumental within the work to develop the Society by main the bi-annual membership assessment and approval course of.

In 2019, O’Neal obtained the VES Founders Award for meritorious service to the Society.

Presently a recruiter for BLT Recruiting, Inc, O’Neal has labored as an Operations Supervisor at The Mill, Operations Director at Escape Studios in Los Angeles, and as an Account Supervisor at Aspect Results Software program, Inc. She began her profession in visible results at Digital Area in 1993, the place she labored in finance and operations earlier than turning to manufacturing.

David H. Tanaka, VES, 2nd Vice Chair

Tanaka has labored as an Editor, Producer and Artistic Director with expertise starting from visible results and animation, to documentary and live-action function filmmaking. For 15 years he served at Industrial Gentle & Magic in VFX Manufacturing and VFX Editorial on movies together with Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump and the Star Wars saga. He then went on to Pixar Animation Studios as a Particular Initiatives Editor for 10 years, contributing to such productions as automobiles, ratatouille, WALL-E, up, toy Story 3 and Monsters College.

Presently holding a employees VFX Editor place with Tippett Studio, Tanaka additionally serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Academy of Artwork College, San Francisco, specializing in producing and enhancing for animation and visible results manufacturing. In 2020, he alongside along with his spouse, Dorianne Tanaka, co-founded Cinemabilities-a distant filmmaking course for sometimes and atypically creating college students, ages 10 to twenty.

Tanaka has served three phrases as Chair of the VES Bay Space Part, in addition to 2nd Vice Chair on the worldwide Board of Administrators in 2021. He’s a significant contributor to the VES Archives, Awards, Outreach, and Work From Residence Committees, and in 2022 obtained each VES Lifetime Member and VES Fellow distinctions.

Rita Cahill, Secretary

Cahill, whereas VP of Advertising for Cinesite, oversaw the advertising of 4 divisions of the pioneering digital studio’s companies. Previous to Cinesite, Cahill served as a founding Board member of the Mill Valley Movie Pageant/California Movie Institute and stays on the Institute’s Emeritus Board of Administrators. Cahill was additionally the Founding Guide on the formation and institution of the Singapore Worldwide Movie Pageant.

Presently starting her eighth time period as Secretary, Cahill has additionally served as Chair or Co-Chair of the VES Summit for eight years. In 2021, Cahill obtained the VES Lifetime Member distinction and the VES Founders Award.

Jeffrey A. Okun, VES, Treasurer

Okun, VES, focuses on creating ‘natural’ and invisible results, in addition to spectacular ‘tentpole’ visible results that mix seamlessly into the storytelling side of the challenge. He has delivered wide-ranging results in award successful movies akin to The Final Samurai, alpha, Blood Diamond, star gate, sphere, pink planet, Deep Blue Seaand The Final Starfighter and acclaimed tv packages akin to Cosmos: Doable Worlds for Nationwide Geographic and FoxTV, The Finish Is Nye (NBCUniversal) and The Good Lord Chook (Showtime).

A VES Fellow and recipient of the VES Founders Award, Okum created the VES Awards and continues to provide the occasion, now in its 21st yr. He created and co-edited, the “VES Handbook of Visible Results,” an award-winning reference guide overlaying all features of making visible results, strategies and practices. He’s at present co-editing the “VES Handbook of Digital Manufacturing,” a whole information to Digital manufacturing from makes use of, roles, strategies and finest practices, due out in Summer season 2023.

As VES Board Chair for seven years, Okun fostered a worldwide neighborhood, targeted consideration on bringing enterprise and artistic training to artists, amenities and studios and guided the Society to assist create a worldwide software program anti-pirating alliance with the US Authorities to make sure that all amenities have a good and degree enjoying discipline from which to bid. He additionally served as Chair of the Los Angeles Part of the VES for 2 years and has been a Board member on each the VES and the LA Part for a few years.

Supply: Visible Results Society

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Whitney is a contract author specializing in VFX-driven fantasy movie & TV in addition to preschool animation.


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