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AICP Post Awards Announces 2021 Winners, Blacksmith’s Kwok Wins Best in Show

Last updated: July 27, 2021

Ben Kwok, Visual Effects Supervisor at Blacksmith, won the Best in Show at the AICP Post Awards premiere, held virtually this evening. Kwok won for his masterful compositing and Flame work on “The Journey” for Zillow, in which a young girl is accompanied on frightening and fanciful travels to her new home by a pair of reassuring furry characters, who help smooth the way. Created by the New York office of FIG, the piece also won for Compositing & Visual Effects. 

Before we run through the long list of winners, let’s take a look at Ben Kwok’s work in the visually stunning “The Journey” for Zillow…

The AICP Post Awards honor excellence in a range of post production crafts, including editing, color grading, audio mixing, sound design, visual effects, CGI, animation and design. They’re part of the AICP’s suite of juried competitions, which also includes the AICP Next Awards and the AICP Show. To view all the winners of the 2021 Post Awards, click here.

Kwok was one of a group of artists who scored two AICP Post Awards each. Also honored twice were Editors Jessica Baclesse and Peter Wiedensmith of Joint Editorial, who won in the categories of Editorial: Existing Footage (added this year to honor work created under pandemic circumstances) and Editorial: Montage for Nike’s “You Can’t Stop Us.” Spencer Susser of Blue-Tongue Films, the Editor/Director behind the Humane Society International’s “Save Ralph,” was singled out for Editorial: Cause Marketing/PSA and Best of West. And Editor Will Town of Modern Post won in the categories of Editorial: Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word and Editorial: Fashion/Beauty for Vogue’s “I Love New York.”  

A number of companies were represented with multiple awards presented to their artists. Company 3 led this list, with its artists taking home four AICP Post Awards: Colorist Sean Coleman won Color Grading: Under :60 for Turbo Tax’s “Auctioneer”; Colorist Dave Hussey won Color Grading: :60 to :90 for Diet Coke’s “Drink What Ya Mama Gave Ya”; and Colorist Tim Masick won Color Grading: Over 90 for Zara’s “Women/Spring Summer Campaign.” In addition, Colorist Billy Gabor was singled out for Best of Southeast for Lenovo’s “Liftoff,” which you can watch right here…

Both Blacksmith and Modern Post were represented at the show with three awards presented to its artists. For Blacksmith, in addition to the two wins for Ben Kwok, CGI Leads Tuna Unalan and Olivier Varteressian were also honored in the CGI category for Zillow’s “The Journey.” At Modern Post, in addition to the two wins for Will Town, Editor Graham Patterson won in the Editorial: Music Video category for Sufjan Steven’s “Sugar.”

In addition to FIG’s three wins for Zillow, the agencies Droga5 and Wieden+Kennedy were also affiliated with three winning pieces in the AICP Post Awards. Droga5 was honored in the Editorial: National Campaign for Amazon  (Ben Campbell, Cut+Run/The Quarry), in Editorial: Storytelling for Huggies (Trish Fuller and Stuart Reeves, Work Editorial) and Best of East for Facebook (Mikkel EG Nielsen, Rock Paper Scissors). Wieden + Kennedy was honored for Nike in Editorial: Existing Footage and Editorial: Montage (Jessica Baclesse and Peter Wiedensmith, Joint Editorial) and for Turbo Tax in Color Grading: Under :60 (Sean Coleman, Company 3). 

In addition, AMV BBDO and Vogue each worked on projects that won two Post Awards; the former for Libresse/Bodyform #wombstories in Audio Mix (Sam Ashwell and Jake Ashwell of 750MPH) and Graphic Design & Animation (Sharon Lock of Framestore), the latter for its “I Love New York” project in Editorial: Fashion/Beauty and Editorial: Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word (Will Town, Modern Post).

The 2021 AICP Post Awards also saluted the top winners of the 2019 Camp Kuleshov competition. (Camp Kuleshov was not held in 2020.) Top winners from across the participating AICP chapters who won in the categories of Editorial, Graphics and Sound Design went up against each other for the coveted “Lev Award,” named for the Russian film theorist Lev Kuleshov. The “Lev” winners each presented a 15-second acceptance speech during the show. They included Evan Goodell of Hero Post in Atlanta, who won in the Editorial category; Katie Schade of Optimus in Chicago, who won in the Graphics category; and Logan Vines of Another Country, also in Chicago, who won in the Sound Design category. 

The Post Awards featured graphics and titles created by Ingenuity and Cosmo Street, with a score by Robert Miller of RNDM ORDR. The Colonie created the sponsor tribute, which featured music by Noisefloor. 

Sponsors help make all of the AICP awards competitions and events possible. AICP Partners and Supporting Partners, who support all AICP events throughout the year, are: CAPS – A Cast & Crew Entertainment Company, Universal Studios and Wrapbook (Partners); and Film Offices of The Hawaiian Islands; Musicbed + Filmsupply; Sony Pictures Studios; and The TEAM Companies (Supporting Partners). 

The 2021 AICP Awards Sponsors include Aspen Travel, AwardCore, BMGPM and BMG Bespoke, The Colonie, Color Lab, Cosmo Street, Heard City, Hello World, International Digital Centre – IDC, Istros Media, Ingenuity, Kodak, Little Black Book, Noisefloor, RNDM ORDER, The ROOTS, S’well, SHOOT Magazine | SHOOT Online,  Source | SHOTS | Slate and Whitehouse Post.

AICP Post Awards Winners 

Editorial: Automotive
Carla Luffe
Forsman & Bodenfors
MJZ

Volvo

“The Parents”

Editorial: Cause Marketing/PSA

Spencer Susser

Blue-Tongue Films

Humane Society International

“Save Ralph”

Compositing & Visual Effects

Ben Kwok

Blacksmith

FIG

Epoch Films

Zillow

“The Journey”

Graphic Design & Animation

Sharon Lock

Framestore

AMV BBDO

Chelsea Pictures

Libresse

“#wombstories”

Color Grading: Music Video

Matthew Schwab

Flawless Post

Parkwood Entertainment

Beyoncé

“Brown Skin Girl”

Color Grading: Over :90

Tim Masick

Company 3

Baron & Baron

Seeker Productions + One Thirty Eight Productions

Zara

“Woman | Spring Summer 2021 Campaign”

Color Grading: Under :60

Sean Coleman

Company 3

Wieden+Kennedy

Biscuit Filmworks

Turbo Tax

“Auctioneer”

Color Grading: :60 To :90

Dave Hussey

Company 3

Anomaly

Caviar + Grayskull

Diet Coke

“Drink What Ya Mama Gave Ya”

Editorial: Comedy

Grant Gustafson

Cutters

Highdive

MJZ

Rocket Mortgage

“Certain is Better”

Editorial: Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word

Will Town

Modern Post

One Thirty Eight Productions

Vogue

“I Love New York”

Editorial: Montage

Jessica Baclesse, Peter Wiedensmith

Joint Editorial

Wieden+Kennedy

Pulse Films

Nike

“You Can’t Stop Us”

Character Design & Animation

Tim Allen

Blinkink

The Gate

Childline

“Nobody is Normal”

CGI

Tuna Unalan, Olivier Varteressian

Blacksmith

FIG

Epoch Films

Zillow

“The Journey”

Type Design & Title Animation

Omar Aqil, Wallen Diaz, Michelle D’Urbano, SMECCEA, Nini Sum, Kota Yamaji

Brand New School

Adobe

“MAX Conference Identity”

Sound Design

Alex Bingham, Alberto Mielgo, Patch Rowland,  Andy Stewart

Machine London

DDB Paris

Pinkman.tv

UBISOFT

“Watch Dogs: Legion – Tipping Point”

Audio Mix

Sam Ashwell,  Jake Ashwell

750MPH

AMV BBDO

Chelsea Pictures

Libresse

“#wombstories”

Editorial: Regional

Micah Scarpelli

Uppercut

22Squared

Park Pictures

AdventHealth

“The Sound of Healing”

Best of East:  Docu-Style

Mikkel EG Nielsen

Rock Paper Scissors

Droga5

Epoch Films

Facebook

“Born In Quarantine”

Best of Midwest:  Cause Marketing/PSA

Craig Lewandowski

Utopic

Sandro Films

Truth Hope and Just Initiative

“Mothers”

Best of Southeast:  Color Grading: Over :90

Billy Gabor

Company 3

Zeno Group

Nom de Guerre Films

Lenovo

“Liftoff”

Best of Southwest:  Sound Design

Matt Cimino

Lucky Post

The Richards Group

Hammer Productions

RAM

“2021 Ram 1500 TRX Desert Dream”

Best of West:  Cause Marketing/PSA

Spencer Susser

Blue-Tongue Films

Humane Society International

“Save Ralph”

Editorial: Docu-Style

Dave Warren

Nomad Editing

Great Guns

Black Lives Matter

“Mama”

Editorial: Fashion/Beauty

Will Town

Modern Post

Vogue

One Thirty Eight Productions

Vogue

“I Love New York”

Editorial: Music Video

Graham Patterson

Modern Post

Mythologie Pictures

Sufjan Stevens

“Sugar”

Editorial: National Campaign

Ben Campbell

Cut+Run / The Quarry

Droga5

Biscuit Filmworks

Amazon

“Amazon Alexa”

Editorial: Existing Footage

Jessica Baclesse, Peter Wiedensmith

Joint Editorial

Wieden+Kennedy

Pulse Films

Nike

“You Can’t Stop Us”

Editorial: Storytelling

Trish Fuller, Stewart Reeves

Work Editorial

Droga5

SMUGGLER

Huggies

“Welcome to the World, Baby”

Best of Show: Compositing & Visual Effects

Ben Kwok

Blacksmith

FIG

Epoch Films

Zillow

“The Journey”

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