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"Life of Pi" winning the Oscar® for Visual Effects
"Life of Pi" winning the Oscar® for Visual Effects
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: Oscars
Visual Effects Artist Bill Westenhofer, Bucknell Class of 1990
Visual Effects Artist Bill Westenhofer, Bucknell Class of 1990
Published: 2013/02/20
Channel: BucknellU
Oscar-Winning VFX Director Bill Westenhofer Speaks Out
Oscar-Winning VFX Director Bill Westenhofer Speaks Out
Published: 2013/05/17
Channel: popcorntaxi
Bill Westenhofer
Bill Westenhofer 'acceptance speech' - is this funny?
Published: 2013/02/26
Channel: Teocyn
Bill Westenhofer
Bill Westenhofer
Published: 2013/02/16
Channel: Zachary Laws
Creating the Visual Magic of "Life of Pi"
Creating the Visual Magic of "Life of Pi"
Published: 2013/05/15
Channel: Oscars
Bill Westenhofer | Warcraft Movie | On-Set Interview
Bill Westenhofer | Warcraft Movie | On-Set Interview
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: TradeChat
Bill Westenhofer "Life of PI" Interview! [HD]
Bill Westenhofer "Life of PI" Interview! [HD]
Published: 2012/10/25
Channel: ST Media
The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: The National Leadership Academies
Morgan Interviews Bill Westenhofer on the Life of Pi Red Carpet
Morgan Interviews Bill Westenhofer on the Life of Pi Red Carpet
Published: 2012/11/24
Channel: Morgan Bertsch
The Five primary jobs of a VFX artist, and how to get one - Glenn Cambell
The Five primary jobs of a VFX artist, and how to get one - Glenn Cambell
Published: 2011/11/21
Channel: University of Advancing Technology (UAT)
VFXprotest Life of Pi Best Visual Effects Award Speech Oscar Awards 2013
VFXprotest Life of Pi Best Visual Effects Award Speech Oscar Awards 2013
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: Hakan Caba
VES Awards 2013 - Life of Pi - Outstanding Visual Effects
VES Awards 2013 - Life of Pi - Outstanding Visual Effects
Published: 2013/02/07
Channel: snponline
Parent Experience at The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Parent Experience at The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders
Published: 2015/12/28
Channel: SciTechLeaders
Bill Westenhofer - Life of Pi - Visual FX
Bill Westenhofer - Life of Pi - Visual FX
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: RTS51166
Oscary 2008. Dziękuję... Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer
Oscary 2008. Dziękuję... Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer
Published: 2008/02/25
Channel: OSKARYinfo
Bill Westenhofer
Bill Westenhofer
Published: 2013/02/15
Channel: Tom O'Neil
Visual Effects: Going Behind The Magic - LIFE AFTER PI (Official VFX Documentary)
Visual Effects: Going Behind The Magic - LIFE AFTER PI (Official VFX Documentary)
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: TheAloomaX
The Oscars 2013 Nominations
The Oscars 2013 Nominations
Published: 2013/01/10
Channel: Fernanda Alvarado
Academy Conversations: Life of Pi
Academy Conversations: Life of Pi
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: Oscars
Lee Westenhofer "Westy" Remembered
Lee Westenhofer "Westy" Remembered
Published: 2015/10/11
Channel: Packy McFarland
BAFTA Special Visual Effects Winner in 2013 - Life Of Pi
BAFTA Special Visual Effects Winner in 2013 - Life Of Pi
Published: 2013/02/11
Channel: BAFTA
Life of Pi Book Trailer
Life of Pi Book Trailer
Published: 2015/03/26
Channel: Brianna Lucien
Bill Westernhofer - Creator Collective
Bill Westernhofer - Creator Collective
Published: 2014/02/17
Channel: Dylan Berry
'Life of Pi' Clip: Ang Lee on CG Tiger and Animation - Blu-Ray Exclusive
Published: 2013/03/05
Channel: Wall Street Journal
VFX Breakdown of Advanced Geen Screen VFX 2014
VFX Breakdown of Advanced Geen Screen VFX 2014
Published: 2014/08/03
Channel: Akomi Abde
Life of Pi Gets Four Oscars!
Life of Pi Gets Four Oscars!
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: inKhabar
Top 7 Life of Pi  Quotes
Top 7 Life of Pi Quotes
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: Movies Quotes
85th Academy Awards
85th Academy Awards
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: sina9387501
Paper Revenge
Paper Revenge
Published: 2010/08/15
Channel: Bill Westenhofer
Cerimonia do Oscar 2013   Melhor Efeito Visual por
Cerimonia do Oscar 2013 Melhor Efeito Visual por 'Life of Pi' VIDEO
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: Oscar gfm
SomewhereOverTheRainbow by Westy Westenhofer
SomewhereOverTheRainbow by Westy Westenhofer
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: George Parker
Universal Pictures and Annapurna Pictures - Intro|Logo: "The Hunters Squad" (2020)|HD
Universal Pictures and Annapurna Pictures - Intro|Logo: "The Hunters Squad" (2020)|HD
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: Chris the Filmmaker
WARCRAFT Interview: Rob Kazinsky says he is fated to act in
WARCRAFT Interview: Rob Kazinsky says he is fated to act in 'Warcraft: The Beginning'
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: inSing TV
Banjomania - Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
Banjomania - Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
Published: 2010/09/06
Channel: BanjoBillPeck
Stop Motion at the PoolSide
Stop Motion at the PoolSide
Published: 2010/03/15
Channel: Bill Westenhofer
Oscar Winner Ang Lee Talks To Popcorn Taxi About
Oscar Winner Ang Lee Talks To Popcorn Taxi About 'Life of Pi'
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: popcorntaxi
Award Winning SFX Director for Warcraft Movie!
Award Winning SFX Director for Warcraft Movie!
Published: 2013/05/03
Channel: TradeChat
ThomasSlide
ThomasSlide
Published: 2010/03/14
Channel: Bill Westenhofer
World Leaders in Science and Technology Mentor Congress Delegates
World Leaders in Science and Technology Mentor Congress Delegates
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: SciTechLeaders
Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel @ BlizzCon 2013 Part 1/2 [HD]
Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel @ BlizzCon 2013 Part 1/2 [HD]
Published: 2013/11/10
Channel: Eemeli Ikonen
Sacramento Traditional Youth Jazz Camp: Westy Westenhofer "I
Sacramento Traditional Youth Jazz Camp: Westy Westenhofer "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"
Published: 2011/08/19
Channel: Jazzy McKeys
Amenta Cousin
Amenta Cousin's Drawing 2013
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: Bill Westenhofer
Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel @ BlizzCon 2013 Part 2/2 [HD]
Warcraft Movie Presentation Panel @ BlizzCon 2013 Part 2/2 [HD]
Published: 2013/11/10
Channel: Eemeli Ikonen
BlizzCon 2013 - Warcraft Movie Presentation (Full)
BlizzCon 2013 - Warcraft Movie Presentation (Full)
Published: 2013/11/11
Channel: SoMuchMass
The Professors - Cake Walking Babies From Home (2008)
The Professors - Cake Walking Babies From Home (2008)
Published: 2011/08/18
Channel: jtazztrumpet
Rocky Mountain Rhythm Kings- Big Mama Sue- Westy Westenhofer
Rocky Mountain Rhythm Kings- Big Mama Sue- Westy Westenhofer
Published: 2007/10/11
Channel: tdub1941
Marcus Eaton with James Raymond "Sight and Song"
Marcus Eaton with James Raymond "Sight and Song"
Published: 2013/01/01
Channel: Marcus Eaton
Wizard 101 Cheats "REALLY GOOD ONES"
Wizard 101 Cheats "REALLY GOOD ONES"
Published: 2010/03/16
Channel: Bill Westenhofer
Westy Westenhofer - Flight of the Bumblebee
Westy Westenhofer - Flight of the Bumblebee
Published: 2011/08/18
Channel: jtazztrumpet
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Bill Westenhofer is a visual effects supervisor for Rhythm and Hues Studios, for which he has worked since 1994. His hometown is Brookfield, Connecticut, where he graduated from Brookfield High School in 1986. He then earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Bucknell University in 1990.[1] Westenhofer also received his Masters at School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at George Washington University in 1995, where he studied the use of dynamics in physically based animation.[2]

In 1994, he joined Rhythm & Hues as a technical director, and Westenhofer’s lighting and effects animation work was featured in Batman Forever and numerous commercials. He was promoted to CG supervisor for Speed 2: Cruise Control, and continued in that role for Spawn, Mouse Hunt, Kazaam and Waterworld.[3] His other VFX supervisor credits include Elf, The Rundown, Stuart Little 2, Men in Black II, Cats & Dogs, Along Came a Spider, Frequency, Stuart Little, and Babe: Pig in the City.

In 2005, Westenhofer supervised a team of 400 digital artists on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Later he would win both the BAFTA and the Academy Award for the 2007 release The Golden Compass,[4] and 2012's Life of Pi in 2013.[5] During the Academy Awards, when Westenhofer brought up Rhythm and Hues' financial issues during his speech, the microphone was cut off, which prompted many protests by the visual effects industry.[6] He had intended to say:[7]

"What I was trying to say up there is that at a time when visual effects movies are dominating the box office, visual effects companies are struggling," Westenhofer told reporters. "And I wanted to point out that we aren't technicians. Visual effects is not just a commodity that's being done by people pushing buttons. We're artists, and if we don't find a way to fix the business model, we start to lose the artistry. If anything, 'Life of Pi' shows that we're artists and not just technicians."

Westenhofer also worked as VFX supervisor for Wonder Woman, released in June 2017.[8]

Appearances[edit]

Westenhofer was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dirk Perrefort (May 14, 2010). "Teacher inspired Brookfield's Oscar winner". Gloucester Daily Times. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Alexa Millinger (February 28, 2008). "Alumnus wins Oscar for "The Golden Compass"". The GW Hatchet. Retrieved June 18, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.rhythm.com/features/vfx-supervisors/bill-westenhofer/[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Rick DeMott (February 10, 2008). "Ratatouille Smells Sweet at BAFTAs". Animation World Network. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The army of Narnia: Bill Westenhofer reveals the magic behind the beasties". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Biggest Oscars snub: A shark attack on the VFX industry". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ "Uninterrupted Statement from "Life of Pi" VFX Winner". 
  8. ^ "Gersh, CEC, WPA Book Clients". Variety. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 

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