Canuck post-houses net VFX award nods

Zero Dark Thirty

Canadian screen-entertainment companies have secured a trio of nominations for their work in the U.S.-based Visual Effects Society awards.

Vancouver post house Image Engine has been nominated in the outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature motion picture category for its work on Zero Dark Thirty (pictured), the high-profile U.S. spy thriller.

Toronto-based Intelligent Creatures has been nominated in the category of outstanding visual effects in a broadcast program category for its work on TV show Curiosity, a Discovery Channel science show made in cooperation with BBC Worldwide.

Additionally, Toronto’s Arc Productions has been nominated in the category of outstanding virtual cinematography in a commercial or broadcast program for its work on Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

Also Hell on Wheels, a Western period drama produced by Entertainment One and Calgary’s Nomadic Pictures for U.S. cable channel AMC, netted two nominations, both for the episode Blood Moon. They are in the categories of outstanding supporting visual effects in a broadcast program and outstanding compositing in a broadcast program.

The nominations were first disclosed late last week. They will be handed out during a ceremony Feb. 5 in Beverly Hills.

This story has been updated to include Arc Production’s nomination.