Our history in Visual Effects
Our history in Visual Effects
VCE Films is a leader in visual imaging in motion picture production, licensing, visual effects, motion picture title sequences, and image restoration. VCE provides services to the motion picture industry, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), and producers of television programs and documentaries.
VCE continues to development special digital and photochemical image creation, manipulation, duplication, and restoration techniques. The depth and breadth of our unique experience and expertise are unparalleled and have culminated in a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for an innovative color restoration process.
After completing his work assignment as animation supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) on George Lucas' "The Empire Strikes Back," Peter Kuran created VCE (Visual Concept Entertainment), developing it as a leader of visual imaging in motion picture production, licensing, visual effects and image restoration.
Since then, Peter and VCE Films have worked on over 300 theatrical motion pictures for over 40 years, including "Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," both "Addams Family" films, and all three "Robocop" features. VCE Films' work appears in "Men in Black," "Starship Troopers (1, 2 and 3)," "Thirteen Days," "A Beautiful Mind," "X-Men 2," and "The Last Samurai."
As a filmmaker, Peter has produced five documentaries on atomic history, weapons, and testing. Beginning in 1995, Peter produced and directed the award-winning film "Trinity and Beyond (the Atomic Bomb Movie)" and has since created "Atomic Filmmakers," "Atomic Journeys," "Nukes in Space," and "Nuclear 911."
Peter's first job at the age of 19 on Star Wars working in the animation department. looks on as George Lucas reviews film wedges on the ILM giant light table.
Peter was hired as Animation Supervisor when Lucas moved Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) up to San Rafael in Marin County California.
VCE was awarded the light saber duel on Return of the Jedi as one of Peter's first large contracts.
VCE produced the title sequence for John Carpenter's The Thing. Including the intricate space ship, Jim Danforth matte painting and motion control photography by Apogee. The title itself was photographed through a fish tank full of smoke and revealed with burning garbage bag plastic.
Peter Kuran and VCE worked on the original Robocop and its two sequels. Work included Robovision and the main title sequence.
Peter won a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Motion Picture Academy for the invention of the RCI-Color Film Restoration Process. This was the first and only photo-chemical color restoration process.
As a filmmaker, Peter has produced five documentaries on the subject of Atomic history, weapons and testing. Beginning in 1995, Peter produced and directed the award winning film "Trinity and Beyond (the Atomic Bomb Movie)" and has since produced "Atomic Filmmakers", "Atomic Journeys", "Nukes in Space" and "Nuclear 911."
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