MILK’S SARA BENNETT IS SECOND FEMALE EVER TO WIN VFX OSCAR FOR EX-MACHINA

Feature Film, 2016

London, 29th February 2016: Independent VFX studio Milk Visual Effects’ Co-Founder Sara Bennett has won an Academy Award® for Alex Garland’s Ex-Machina, alongside the VFX team from Double Negative – Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris and Mark Ardington.

The four received the Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 88th Academy Awards® ceremony held last night at the Dolby Theatre® Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Sara is the second female ever to win an Oscar® in the Best VFX category.

 

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London, 29th February 2016: Independent VFX studio Milk Visual Effects’ Co-Founder Sara Bennett has won an Academy Award® for Alex Garland’s Ex-Machina, alongside the VFX team from Double Negative – Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris and Mark Ardington.

The four received the Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 88th Academy Awards® ceremony held last night at the Dolby Theatre® Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Sara is the second female ever to win an Oscar® in the Best VFX category.

Sara Bennett, VFX Supervisor and Co-Founder of Milk Visual Effects said: “I am beyond excited!! We are thrilled and honoured to be recognised by The Academy for our work on Ex-Machina. It was a privilege to work with Alex Garland, to bring his incredible vision to life, alongside Andrew Whitehurst and the Dneg team. I would love to see more women in prominent creative roles in our Industry – I was a little shocked to find out I was the third ever female VFX Oscar nominee.”

Milk is an independent visual effects company with studios in London and Cardiff, focused on creating innovative sequences for high-end television and feature films. Milk’s credits include Ben Wheatley’s forthcoming High Rise, Everest (Universal), The Martian (20th Century Fox), The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Poltergeist (Fox/MGM), Alex Garland/DNA Film’s Ex-Machina, Brett Ratner’s Hercules (Paramount/MGM), Dredd 3D (Entertainment Films), 47 Ronin (Universal), Dracula Untold (Universal) and Sherlock (Hartswood Films), Doctor Who (BBC), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (BBC), Thunderbirds are Go (ITV), Beowulf (ITV Studios) and 24: Live Another Day (Fox) for television.

Milk is currently in production on Ben Wheatley’s new feature Free-Fire and Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

 

Sara Bennett and the Double Negative team were also nominated for a 2016 BAFTA Film Award for their work on Ex-Machina

 

Ex Machina: Andrew Macdonald & Paul Norris (Best Visual Effects) Oscars Backstage Interview (2016)

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VFX Producer
Nick Drew

VFX Supervisor
Sara Bennett

CG Supervisor
Nicolas Hernandez

VFX Line Producer
Natalie Reid

VFX Co-ordinator
Mariangela Suma

VFX Editor
Collette Nunes

Modeller
Stefan Brown

Lead Matchmover
Amy Felce

Matchmovers
Joe Tarrant, Noel O’Malley, David Jones,
TJ Singh

FX Lead
Luca Zappala

Lead Lighting TD
Jan Schubert

Lighting TD
Dominic Alderson

Lead Compositors
Eleanor Sutton, Matthew McDougal, James Moxon

Compositors
Clement Hingrai, Henning Glabbart, Iyi Tubi, 
Luan Hall, Luka Leskovsek, Neil Alford, 
Sarah Iduwe, Vasco Cerqueira, Elisa Simoncelli 

Concept Artist
Grant Bonser

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