Dang, this just keeps gettin' cooler. :)
Last night, another award was bestowed up on "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem," the 3D ride film that was produced at Reel FX for the fine folks at Universal Orlando and Illumination Entertainment. This one was from the Visual Effects Society, another of the major names in award-giving for the CG/VFX industry, and was for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project.
To win both an Annie Award and a VES Award in the same year may not be that big of a deal for some studios, but it's a huge deal for Reel FX. Unless my memory is fading prematurely, the studio has never won an Annie Award, though several of its creations have been nominated in past years. I'm not as clear about the VES awards. I know the studio has submitted material in the past, and I think received nominations, but I don't recall if any VES awards have followed. If someone at the studio sees this and can correct the record, I'll update the post accordingly.
Memory-fuzziness aside, to receive awards from both organizations in the same year is a major achievement for Reel FX, and I applaud my formerly-fellow studio minions for their amazing work on this project. Even though I'm no longer with the studio, I was very deeply involved in the project while I was there, and couldn't be happier about this pair of awards. While the bestowal of awards is never (or shouldn't be) the goal of any effort of this kind, it's wonderfully gratifying when one is received. When that one becomes two, it's a double helping of awesomesauce.