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A Special Visit from ‘Life of Pi’ Author Yann Martel

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martina2Breem_002__Z3A6114On Monday, February 16th, VanArts was delighted to welcome Yann Martel, the Man Booker-Prize winning author of the #1 international best seller Life of Pi and many other works of fiction, as a special guest speaker.

After a tour of our campus, Yann visited our Broadcasting studio for an interview by current student Giovanna King, as part of our daily radio show. Next was a presentation and open Q&A with our students and staff in our top-floor photography studio for the whole morning. Yann spoke about his experience writing Life of Pi and being involved with the film crew that adapted his book into an Academy-Award winning feature film (a crew that involved a few VanArts graduates for the amazing visual effects). He also answered questions about the inspirations behind his work, his travels, the creative process, and the delicate balance behind the art & commercial worlds. It was a fantastic experience filled with all kinds of pearls of wisdom & inspiration for our actors, animators, visual effects & game artists and broadcasters.

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Yann was also kind enough to sign the Life of Pi poster that hangs on our 5th floor amongst the many films our grads have worked on.

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VanArts President Alan Phillips, Author Yann Martel, and Dean of Faculty/Head of Animation Wayne Gilbert.

Thanks Yann for spending time with us at VanArts! You are most welcome anytime!

Also a big thanks to Yann’s niece Shatille McInnes (currently studying Acting at VanArts) and to Julie Howgate & our staff for facilitating and coordinating this event.