The Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) announced the nominees for its 7th Annual Awards yesterday, and Iloura was thrilled to see two of its projects, the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and the Lionsgate feature “Deepwater Horizon” among the four nominees for Best Visual Effects.
Iloura’s Glenn Melenhorst, Ineke Majoor, and Josh Simmonds are nominated along with Joe Bauer and Steve Kullback for the “Game of Thrones” season seven “The Spoils of War” episode. To help Daenerys and her Dothraki horde engage the Lannister army in a fiery fray, artists relied on their crowd pipeline and in-house tools built to handle enormous datasets for the previous season’s Emmy®-Award-winning “Battle of the Bastards” sequence. They drew on that expertise to augment film elements or, in some cases, create full CG shots, including some with thousands of soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. Artists also created extensive set extensions as well as CG smoke and fire, and seamlessly composited sequences with assets from multiple vendors.
Iloura’s Jason Billington and Linda Luong are nominated along with James Whitlam for work on Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” which was also nominated for a VFX Academy® Award. Iloura artists created the massive engine explosion that ignites the fire on the namesake oil rig; designing, building and animating the full CG engine interior, as well as a CG version of the engine room that is engulfed by fire; adding CG flames, embers, mud, explosions and fireballs, seamlessly blending shots with practical and digital elements.