Brokeback Mountain filmmaker Ang Lee is set to be honored with a prestigious prize at the Visual Effects Awards in Los Angeles next month.

The director has employed various techniques in a bid to bring his movies to life over the years, making stars appear as if they are sword fighting in mid-air in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and creating a life-like tiger for his new adventure movie Life of Pi.

And now the 58 year old will be feted for all his hard work with the Visionary Award on February 5th.

Executive Jeff Okun says, "(Lee) pushed the envelope of creation of visual effects for telling a story. In our generation, only Star Wars did that."

The inaugural trophy was handed to Inception moviemaker Christopher Nolan last year.