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VanArts Grads Bring Maleficent to the Screen

May 28, 2014

Disney's new film Maleficent opens this weekend, with credits from 16 of our Visual Effects & Animation graduates:

Scott Eade - Head of Layout, MPC
Melaina Mace - Matte Painter, MPC
Blaine Toderian - Animator, MPC
Shane Wicklund - Compositor, MPC
Daniel Gonzalez - Compositor, ILM
Aaron Strasbourg - Stereo Paint Artist, Prime Focus
Mahima Kapoor - Roto Artist, Prime Focus
Prashant Raj - Roto Artist, Digital Domain
Alvin Grado - Compositor, Gener8
Xuelian Li - Compositor, Gener8
Lola Akinwusi - Asset Artist, Gener8
Steven Des Roches - Asset Artist, Gener8
Vikas Ganer - Asset Artist, Gener8
Anastazja Karolewska - Asset Artist, Gener8
Aren Kittelsen - Asset Artist, Gener8
Suresh Padmaraj - Asset Artist, Gener8

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Animation Grad Wins Top Award at Student Film Fest

May 28, 2014

Congratulations to 2D Animation graduate Spencer Soares, who won Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Student Film Festival, with his VanArts student film Take Your Son to Work DaySpencer currently works as a Harmony Animator at Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, and he also recently participated as an exhibitor at the local Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (along with several other grads).

Spencer's success was also featured in an article for BC's daily newspaper The Province.
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VanArts Grad Credits on New X-Men

May 26, 2014

The newest film in the X-Men series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, opened at #1 at the box office this weekend, featuring credits and work from 9 VanArts graduates in Visual Effects for Film & Television

Alex Reinach - VFX Assoc. Production Coordinator, MPC
Boon Hoe Law - VFX Technical Director, MPC
Samuel Simanjuntak - VFX Technical Director, MPC
Yoan Souligoux - VFX Technical Director, MPC
Stacy Fish - Lighting Technical Director, MPC
David Lavoie - Jr. VFX Technical Director, Prime Focus
Rohit Nayak - Matte Painter, Digital Domain
Johnson Chuang - Matchmove Aritst, Method 
Carlos Guillen - Compositing Artist, Mokko Studio

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Journey from Ashcroft to Animation

May 23, 2014

VanArts welcomed a group of high school students this week from Ashcroft Secondary School in Ashcroft, British Columbia, who came to hear about the exciting post-secondary education that we offer for the media arts. For this special occasion, we invited one of their own alumni, Regan Greenwood, who came to VanArts' 2D/3D Character Animation program after graduating from Ashcroft. Regan is now working as an Animator at Atomic Cartoons here in Vancouver, and she took a short break from production to share about her experience with our guest students. read more about Journey from Ashcroft to Animation

18 VanArts Grads bring Godzilla to the Screen

May 20, 2014

Godzilla was #1 at the box office this weekend, and VanArts is proud to say that 18 of our 3D Animation and Visual Effects graduates had their work and credits up there on the screen: 

Alexis Chapman - Roto Supervisor, Scanline VFX
Sujil Sukumaran - FX Technical Director, ILM
Scott Eade - Head of Layout, MPC
Alihusen Kapadia - FX Artist, MPC
Shane Wicklund - Compositor, MPC
Blaine Toderian - Animator, MPC
Melaina Mace - Lead Matte Painter, MPC
Simon Butler - FX Technical Director, MPC
Calvin Romeyn - Roto Artist, Gener8
Prashant Raj - Art Supervision, Gener8
Xuelian Li - Art Supervision, Gener8
Alvin Grado - Prop FX, Gener8
Vikas Ganer- Roto Artist, Gener8
Lola Akinwusi - Roto Artist, Gener8
Steven Des Roches - Roto Artist, Gener8
Aren Kittelsen - Roto Artist, Gener8
Anastazja Karolewska - Roto Artist, Gener8
Suresh Padamaraj - Roto Artist, Gener8

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Featured Video: Graduates from India

May 15, 2014

VanArts is very proud of the number of students and successful graduates who have come from India over the years. Our student body from India has the second highest population, just under students from Canada. 

In this featured video, listen to some of our working graduates from India share their experience studying at VanArts and living their dreams in the industry:

If you are from India and ready to study at VanArts, get started here >>

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VanArts Grads Working at New Mobile Game Studio

May 12, 2014

Several graduates of our Game Art & Design program are now working at a new mobile game studio starting up in Vancouver, Archiact Interactive. The studio has launched a KickStarter campaign to support the production of their Little Lamper mobile game which they are currently working on, and the company is also hoping to develop a game produced at VanArts by one of our graduates now working there. read more about VanArts Grads Working at New Mobile Game Studio

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