LONDON - Visual Effects Supervisor Sue Rowe won the 2008 Panalux Craft Award at the annual Women in Film and Television (WFTV) Awards, held December 5, here at the Hilton Hotel. The award is given to women who show excellence in the crafts involved in the production of film, television and digital media, and was presented to Rowe by Sir Patrick Stewart. Rowe has worked with Cinesite, one of Europe's largest full-service visual effects facilities, since 1994. Currently involved in the Bruckheimer/Disney production Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, she oversaw Cinesite's large quota of work on the BAFTA and Oscar Award-winning The Golden Compass in 2007. Rowe was instrumental to the success of this production, working closely with the visual effects teams on set and location, driving shots from concept through to previsualization and on to final delivery. Cinesite's varied work on The Golden Compass included the creation of fifteen photorealistic CG daemon animal characters, ranging from a chameleon to a panther, plus the spectacular environments of Lyras London and the Arctic North. The role of a visual effects supervisor is an important one, particularly with rising production values and scale of post production. They are involved throughout the entire production, from previsualization before shooting begins, on-set supervision, through to supervising the digital effects artists and liaising with the client to sign off shots. Despite a rising number of women becoming involved in visual effects, they are still under-represented in this craft, and Rowe remains one of the world's few female visual effects supervisors. In a visual effects career spanning 15 years, Rowe's credits have included Death at a Funeral (2007), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Stormbreaker (2006), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (2005), The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (2005), Alfie (2004), Ella Enchanted (2004), Troy (2004), Tombraider: The Cradle of Life (2003), What A Girl Wants (2002), and Tombraider (2001). Cinesite is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company, offering visual effects, physical effects, models, and scanning and recording, among other services. For more information, visit
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Note: A photo from The Golden Compass is available upon request, courtesy of New Line. A photo of Rowe receiving the award from Sir Patrick Stewart is also available, as well as a headshot.