Students in our Visual Effects department had a great treat in their weeklies session this morning, as they had the chance to have their work reviewed by special guests from Sony Pictures Imageworks. Along with Head of VanArts' VFX Department Wade Howie, Director of Training & Artist Development J.C. Cornwell and CG Supervisor Matt Welford gave feedback on our senior students' demo reels as they get closer to their graduation finish line. read more about Special Guests from Sony Visit VanArts
Anyone who knows our Head of Acting for Film & Television Chilton Crane will know why she earned the nickname "Mama C," for she quickly becomes like a second mom to the many budding actors she mentors everyday. read more about Faculty Spotlight: Chilton "Mama C" Crane
Our students come from far and wide to study at VanArts, and it's always exciting to see where they end up after leaving our nest. For some of them, the artistic road to success has led to our friendly next-door neighboring town of Calgary, Alberta. read more about VanArts Grads Loving What They Do in Calgary
It does our hearts good when we hear of our super-hero grads taking over the digital world! Vancouver is all a-twitter with new media companies, mobile start-ups and businesses who NEED a slick, awesome web presence. Luckily, our graduates in Web Development & Interactive Design are geared up for the task and out there making it happen. read more about VanArts Web Grads Develop & Design Their Careers
Our heads at VanArts are spinning with pride from this motherlode of a blog post! As Vancouver holds its breath for its annual SPARK FWD FESTIVAL and JOB FAIR for Visual Effects this weekend, we are excited to present a snapshot of which VanArts grads are already LOVING WHAT THEY DO at these local studios who will be recruiting! read more about Animation, Games & VFX Grads Swarming Vancouver
Video gear, fire safety and Andre the Giant all have something to do with our own Scott Hastings. Check out our "Friday Faculty Feature" spotlight on Scott to find out why. read more about Faculty Spotlight: The Amazing Scott Hastings
Did you see PADDINGTON this weekend? If so, you would have seen the work of three amazingly talented VanArts graduates in Animation, Game Art & Visual Effects who helped the little bear make his big splash onto the screen, and #2 at the weekend box office. read more about VanArts Grads Splash Paddington onto the Screen
Whew, it's been a busy week in our top-floor studio space! Our hard-working students in Digital Photography shot head shots for students in our Acting for Film & TV department, under the awesome guidance of Ross den Otter & Sarolta Dobi of Pink Monkey Studios. This afternoon, we also had a green-screen shoot for Visual Effects happening, all at the same time.
This is a great example of our various departments working together and our daily buzz of activity! We're definitely ready for the weekend after all this hard work and play.
read more about A Window into our Busy Studio...
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)
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (Best Animated Feature Film)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Best Visual Effects)
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
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Best Visual Effects)
Vikas Ganer, Lionel Heath, Alexis Chapman
Good luck to our grads on Awards Night (Feb. 22)!
Want to see your name in the movies?read more about VanArts Grads Work on Oscar-Nominated Films
VanArts is really excited to be one of the first schools to now be teaching classes in KATANA and RENDERMAN in our Game Art & Design and Visual Effects programs. So, what does this mean? read more about VanArts Gears Up with Katana and RenderMan