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February 09 2012

Screen Scene’s Visual Effect Supervisor, Ed Bruce, has just received a well deserved VES award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program for his work on HBO’s Game of Thrones!

The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry’s only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners, making their awards the greatest and most coveted accolades in the visual effects community.

With the company abuzz with the news, I quickly armed myself with both pen and pad, then raced to transcribe a few words from the great man. Here’s what happened:

Its 10.27 on a Wednesday morning and Edward Bruce is neck deep in a Visual effects frenzy.

Beneath the surface of Upper Mount Street, Edward is hard at work in The Scullery, the Screen Scene VFX (SSVFX) base of operations.

Clocking in at a lean six foot four, looming man mountain Ed is hunched over his computer, so hard at work supervising a slew of high profile projects you could never tell that just hours earlier he received a VES award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program for his work on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Eyes on the screen, one hand navigating a tablet, the other stroking his midnight black beard, Ed fires off his responses to my questions as he works; all focus, pure passion. Busy, busy, busy.

“I’m absolutely delighted and humbled to be acknowledged with this award.” Ed declares over a seemingly endless succession of double clicks, “But it’s very important that my talented Team of Artists are also applauded for their high standard of work.”

Shifting in his seat, Ed slaps a file on render and swills deep from a polka dotted tea cup, lobbing a thumb in the direction of the muscle clad man flanking his left, “Stocky” Nick Murphy. “I owe a very big thanks and kudos to our VFX Producer Sarah Mooney and to Nick Murphy for their tireless support throughout the project.”

The file rendered, Ed turns his attention back to the computer, issuing a lightning fast flurry of finger fire across the keyboard before pausing briefly for a rare moment of retrospection.

“It was a great pleasure to work alongside Lead VFX Supervisor Adam McInnes and his Team of Peter and Keith.” he grins, eyes twinkling over as a fond memory briefly ripples through his mind. “Their diligence and talent were a key factor in this award being won.”

The phone bleeps, Ed snaps the receiver to his ear, “Yeah?” he cups his hand over the mouth piece and whispers apologetically, “Sorry, I’ve really got to take this.”

I nod my understanding and evaporate out of the room, silent as a spring time mist, leaving Ed to perform his patented brand of magic making in peace.

With full post production for Game of Thrones (Season One) carried out here in Screen Scene, SSVFX produced 350 of the circa 688 effects shots across the season, providing quite a few of the most memorable sequences, including Bran’s climb, the sprawling Lannister encampment, Jamie’s eye stab and various other bits of CGI-enhanced carnage.

The good people of Screen Scene VFX have put together a spectacular compilation of VFX Breakdown selects from season 1 for your viewing pleasure, giving you an amazing insight into the fantastic work they contributed to the show. Click HERE to view.

For full details on all the VES Award winners, click HERE

For more on Edward Bruce and his incredible work, be sure to check out his official site by clicking HERE