LOS ANGELES — Chaos Group (chaosgroup.com) co-founder Vlado Koylazov has won a Scientific and Engineering Award for the “original concept, design and implementation of V-Ray.” The award honors pioneers whose “developments result in significant improvements [to] motion picture production” and will be presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at its annual Sci-Tech Award event on February 11th.
Used on over 150 feature films since 2002, including recent hits like Doctor Strange, Deadpool, and Captain America: Civil War, V-Ray provides artists with a high level of photorealism, helping them create stunning computer-generated visuals for audiences around the world. The creatures, characters, and environments rendered with V-Ray are key elements of modern films, and comprise the majority of work nominated for visual effects Oscars over the last six years.
In its announcement, the Academy praised V-Ray for its “efficient production-ready approach to ray tracing and global illumination, its support for a wide variety of workflows, and its broad industry acceptance [that proved] instrumental in the widespread adoption of fully ray-traced rendering for motion pictures.” Koylazov will receive one of the 18 Sci-Tech Awards to be presented in 2017.
"This award reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire V-Ray team,” says Loylazov. “I am also immensely thankful to all the artists and studios for the great work they have created with V-Ray over the years. I'd like to congratulate the other Sci-Tech winners as well – their efforts have pushed the boundaries of visual effects in film. We are looking forward to more great movies in the years to come."
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26th, and will be televised live on ABC. Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation will be included in the Oscar telecast.