Character Animation

VanArts Grads Work on Oscar-Nominated Films

Jan 15, 2015

The 2015 Oscar Nominations were announced today, and VanArts is proud of our graduates who got to work on the animation and visual effects that made these movies recognized! 

BIG HERO 6 (Best Animated Feature Film)
Rahul Dabholkar

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (Best Animated Feature Film)
Rohan Oka

HarshDeep Borah, Simon Butler, Melaina Mace, Vikas Ganer, Andrea Giordano, Shane Wicklund, Prashant Raj, Alex Reinach

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (Best Visual Effects)
Alex Reinach, Boon Hoe Law, Samuel Simanjuntak, Yoan Souligoux, Stacy Fish, David Lavoie, Rohit Nayak, Johnson Chuang, Carlos Guillen

Vikas Ganer, Lionel Heath, Alexis Chapman

Good luck to our grads on Awards Night (Feb. 22)! 

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Year in Review: Video Features

Dec 11, 2014

In 2014, we have produced a number of videos that give a strong overview of life at VanArts, highlighting our faculty, graduates and various events around the school. As a "year in review" feature, we've collected them here for your viewing enjoyment all in one place! Enjoy watching and we hope to see you in 2015! read more about Year in Review: Video Features

Christmas Gathering & Food Drive 2014

Dec 5, 2014

Students and Staff got into the Christmas spirit this week with a fun gathering to kick off our annual Food Drive. Our Broadcasting Department was there to document the event and interview our students about the community, work and play that goes on here at VanArts! 

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Year in Review: VanArts Grad Credits on Screen

Nov 21, 2014

2014 has been a great year for VanArts graduates in Character Animation, Game Art & Design and Visual Effects who got to see their names in the credits of top feature films & TV series. Many of these films opened at #1 in the box office and the industry for animation/VFX is still booming with studios hiring like crazy and major houses like Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic expanding their operations just blocks away from VanArts. read more about Year in Review: VanArts Grad Credits on Screen

VanArts visits Beijing Film Academy in China

Nov 21, 2014

VanArts President Alan Phillips is currently visiting schools and giving presentations in China, in cooperation with the Maple Leaf Educational Systems Student Recruitment Fair. He has just paid a visit to Beijing Film Academy, the largest film academy in Asia which has attracted guest professors such as James Cameron and other prolific names in the film industry. read more about VanArts visits Beijing Film Academy in China

FXGear Donates Software to VanArts

Nov 6, 2014

VanArts would like to thank FXGear for their generous donations of Qualoth and FXHair software for use by our students in Character Animation and Game Art & Design

Qualoth is the primary software used by Dreamworks Animation for simulating cloth on their feature films, and serves as a stable, reliable alternative to Maya nCloth, especially for fast motions on characters. FXHair serves the same purpose for excellent simulations on hair for creatures and characters. Through conversations with our faculty at SIGGRAPH 2014 this summer, FXGear was glad to provide us with these tools to help bring our students' demo reels to the next level! 

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