As the summer movies hit cinema screens this year, VanArts is always pleased to spot the names of our graduates and instructors crawl up in the credits. This particular captured image from the credits of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter just happens to have 7 VanArts 3D/VFX graduates' names on screen at once, plus one of our instructors, and a couple of former part-time students.
Full-Time Grads: Harsh Mistry (layout technical director), Kodie MacKenzie (compositor), Patrick Thompson (compositor), Esdras Prudente (rotoscope artist), Alexis Chapman (rotoscope artist), Nina Laureles (visual effects artist), Reika Nishio (senior matchmove artist)
Instructor (Visual Effects Program): Derik Gokstorp
Here are some other 2012 Spring & Summer movies which feature the work of graduates from VanArts:
The Dark Knight Rises: Eleonor Lindvall (rotoscope artist)
Dark Shadows: Esdras Prudente (rotoscope artist), Blake Laing-Smith (digital artist), Reika Nishio (senior matchmove artist)
Journey 2: Mysterious Island: Blaine Toderian (animator), Alexis Chapman (roto lead), Nina Laureles (data wrangler)
John Carter: Nik Brownlee (compositor), Grant Wilson (animator)
This week the Animation Department at VanArts welcomed Character Animator John Vassallo to visit and speak to our students about his career and answer questions about working in the animation industry.
John just recently worked on the upcoming animated features Hotel Transylvania (2012) at Vancouver's Sony Imageworks studio, and Escape from Planet Earth (2013) at Rainmaker Entertainment. His previous feature credits also include animating on Rise of the Planet of the Apes (at WETA Digital), Legend of the Guardians (at Animal Logic), Alvin and the Chipmunks (at Rhythm and Hues), and many more at studios such as Luma Pictures, Digital Domain, and Stargate Films.
With such a professional resume, John was able to answer questions about transitioning between different studios & pipelines, working with directors and animation teams, and many other topics of interest to our students.
Thanks John for taking the time to visit us!
According to the website of Vancouver's Mayor Gregor Robertson, a motion is being brought forward to support our local digital media sector.
Vancouver’s economy has been bolstered tremendously over the past three years by the creation of well over a thousand new high-skilled, high-paying jobs in digital media and visual effects. These sectors now employ a total of over 25,000 employees in 1300 companies, and Vancouver is now one of the world’s top three global clusters for digital media jobs.
This could spell only good news for graduates of VanArts, who continue to contribute to our local industries for animation, games, and visual effects, not to mention the new frontiers in digital photography and web development which make Vancouver the "new media center for Western Canada."
(Photo courtesy Metro Vancouver)
VanArts is pleased to announce our new articulation and degree pathway partnership with Laureate University's Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand.
Through this articulation, graduates of our diploma programs in 3D Character Animation, Game Art & Design and Visual Effects can receive academic credit to transfer directly into their 3rd and final year of a Bachelor of Art & Design or Bachelor of Creative Technologies. This means a student can earn a professional diploma from one year at VanArts, followed by a BA degree after one more year in New Zealand.
Upon receiving their degree, they may also be eligible to apply for a work permit. Media Design School is one of the top graduate employers for WETA Digital and they have an overall 90% placement rate for industry employment, including close relationships with local studios Oktobor Animation, Sidhe and Gameloft.
Entry Criteria for the articulated degree program is:
1. Successful completion and pass of designated program of study at VanArts
2. Transcripts from studies at VanArts
3. Presentation of final portfolio
4. A 2500-3000 word research essay to demonstrate education and written ability to be successful in a third-year degree class
For more information, visit www.mediadesignschool.com or contact us for more details. You can also visit our Degree Pathway Partnerships page for an overview of the articulations we have with different universities.
Last week, from July 9 - 13, VanArts welcomed our annual guest speaker & founding advisory board member Bill Matthews, retired Manager of Artists' Development at Walt Disney Animation Studios. We started the week with our traditional Q&A session with senior animation instructor Charles Phillips about his career at Disney, NASA and Sheridan College. The rest of the week, Bill met with animation students one-on-one to offer career advice and feedback on their work.
Bill Matthews has been a guest instructor and visiting industry professional at VanArts since 1996. He is one of the founding instructors and directors of the Sheridan College Animation Program and is recently retired as Manager of Artist Development and ongoing consultant for Walt Disney Feature Animation. Bill worked on effects animation for Disney's Sleeping Beauty and for NASA, and has been writing traditional animation curricula for public schools and colleges for over thirty years.
Thanks Bill for another enjoyable visit, and for your continued support of our staff & students over the years!
(Photos by Reem Abdel-Jabbar)
Mark Pullyblank, one of our most successful animation graduates and member of our Advisory Board, is directing a new animated short film, and is pledging for support on Kickstarter to fund the project into reality.
(Much of the concept art for the film was done by Lih Liau, another VanArts graduate and one of Mark's classmates working in the animation industry.)
Check out this fantastic video highlighting Mark's career and the inspiration behind his new film, and to help fund his project, click here >>
Wayne Gilbert, our Head of Animation and Dean of Faculty, is featured in an exclusive interview on Animation Career Review.
The Animation Career Review website recently named VanArts as ranking #1 in Western Canada and #11 Worldwide for the Top 100 Schools tor Animation, Gaming and Design.
Our students (and a few graduates) from our Character Animation program got a golden opportunity today to have a Q & A session over Skype with legendary animator James Baxter, from Vancouver to Los Angeles.
The session was organized by our Senior Animation Instructor Mark Pudleiner, who is good friends with James having worked together at Disney and Dreamworks. James Baxter started his animation career on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and moved on to work on The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Spirit, Shrek 2, and so many other films.
Our students got to ask him questions today about animation technique, how to stay inspired and what it's like to work in the animation industry.
Thanks James for your time and wisdom, and to Mark for hosting this great session!
Our online showcase pages for Game Art & Design, Visual Effects and Character Animation have been updated with some new featured selections of student demo reels and short films.