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Double award whammy

15 April 2008

Bristol graduate Ben Morris (BEng 1993) scooped an Academy Award for his company’s effects work on the Philip Pullman adaptation The Golden Compass.

Ben picked up the Oscar for Best Visual Effects on behalf of Framestore CFC, the digital effects company for whom he works as visual effects supervisor. Framestore provided many of the digital effects used in the film, including giant polar bear Iorek, his evil arch-enemy Ragnar and the icy environment in which they all live.

The visual effects used in The Golden Compass were also recognised at the Bafta awards several weeks earlier. The double victory came against stiff competition, with the film beating Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.