In An Instant: Contemporary Polaroids Gallery Show opens tonight at the Photohaus Gallery, featuring the work of 4 talented photographers, all of whom have a connection to VanArts.
-Alan Jacques (Program Advisory Commitee member)
-David Ellingsen (PAC member and Lead Instructor for Commercial Photography)
-Marc Koegel (Instructor and Founder of the program)
-Pooya Nabei (Graduate)
Opening reception is tonight from 7pm to 9pm at Photohaus Gallery, 14 West 7th Ave. Vancouver
VanArts Animation graduate Javier Badillo is a Venezuelan/Canadian award-winning film and animation producer, director and entertainment business entrepreneur.
With credits in over 80 features, shorts, music videos, commercials and corporate videos, and having started companies in the animation, film and music industries in Malaysia, China and Canada, Javier brings a rich variety of entertainment business and craft experience to his current ventures: False Creek Films, an innovative stereoscopic 3D film company, and Spit Shine Flicks, an independent film production house. Javier holds diplomas in Film Production and Direction, Computer Science, Visual Effects, 2D/3D Animation and Fine Arts, and speaks 7 languages, including Mandarin.
Javier shares with us his journey through VanArts and his evolving career:
"In 2003, I graduated from the 2D Character Animation program at VanArts, a time I remember as being very difficult but incredibly rewarding. It matched the time when I migrated to Canada from Venezuela, and was adjusting to being in a new country. Fortunately, VanArts was small enough that the teachers and students bonded in a supportive community of artists, which in turn fostered creativity, courage and team spirit. Many of my classmates from VanArts are still good friends today.
During my time at VanArts, I signed up for every extra-curricular activity and part-time evening class I could afford, in order to better my skills as an artist (since I was coming from a punk rock music background) and soak in the world-class animation culture VanArts offered. I even took time to create a 2003 yearbook for all of the students there. While there I also made a Flash-animated short film called 'The Catch' which went on to get a nomination for Best Comedic Short at the World's Smallest Film Festival (WSFF) for mobile devices.
After VanArts I went on to study animation and fine arts for 3 more years, and worked at AKA and Atomic Cartoons doing storyboard revisions, Flash animation and asset building on award-winning shows like Ed, Edd, n' Eddy and Atomic Betty, before moving on to live-action filmmaking, which I still do today. I had the opportunity to work on TV series and Hollywood features like Twilight, Supernatural and Smallville, and I now dedicate my time to making my own films through my own company. I also organize the Vancouver forum of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) with close colleagues every month, staying active in the local independent film community and attending film festival markets as a producer and director. Sometimes, when I find the time, I still play in punk rock bands."
VanArts officially turns 15 today, so in honour of this momentous occasion and celebrating 15 years of training professional artists, here is a video message from our school President Alan Phillips.
A big thanks to all of the staff, faculty, industry professionals, students and graduates who have been a part of VanArts over these 15 years!
Enjoy Episode 5 of our "Inside VanArts" video series, where we highlight our most recent graduates from the full-time Acting program at the William Davis Centre for Actors' Study at VanArts. Their graduation ceremony was held in our theater on Friday, November 26th.
Be sure to check out our previous episode where these actors worked together with our photography students to create their professional head shots.
The Exhibition & Critique course has been working hard to prepare for their final exhibition, "Hypereal Ideal", to be held at the Ayden Gallery, 88 West Pender, #2103 2nd Floor (Tinseltown) on Tuesday December 14th from 7-10pm.
Of the 8 photographers exhibiting, 6 are full-time students from the senior class, 1 is a returning part-time student and 1 is an instructor in the Digital Photography department. Come on out to see the work of these talented emerging artists!
Check out our other blog post highlighting the rest of Action Week, which also included shooting gymnasts and skaters on location.
Part of the experience was heading out on location where the action is. Students went to Phoenix Gymnastics Club in Vancouver and Canlan Ice Sports 8 Rinks in Burnaby, working with high-level gymnasts and skaters to get some beautiful shots.
Back in the VanArts studio, dancers from Harbour Dance Centre came in to work with the students on more action photos.
A big thanks to Ian and all the gymnasts, skaters and dancers who helped us out!
(Blog photos by Jeff Bell)
Be sure to check out our "Inside VanArts" blog post for a special video highlighting the dance shoot in our studio!
The VanArts photography studio was the scene for a steady parade of babies and kids this Tuesday, when the junior students had their child photo sessions with Consumer Photography Lead Instructor Mary Jensen (www.artisanphotography.ca). We had two dozen parents, grandparents & guardians volunteer to bring in kids for our students to photograph, and we had a blast! Thank you so much to all the volunteers and to all the students for doing such a great job.
Kaj R. Svensson (www.viewpointswest.com) was also in the studio on Wednesday with the junior class demonstrating some wow-worthy techniques for photography products for commercial advertising. A super fun day for all.
For more photos of these sessions and more recent VanArts photography workshops, check out our new Digital Photography Facebook Album HERE.