Vancouver is #1
The news continues to spread that our home city of Vancouver is the #1 hub in the world for animation and visual effects production, in addition to film & television and high tech industries for web development, interactive media and video games. Several articles, stories and resources have been posted online in recent weeks, and we are proud to highlight them here.
Vancouver Economic Commission: DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT & INTERACTIVE
According to VEC’s website, “When it comes to Digital Entertainment & Interactive (DE&I), these days the buzz is all Vancouver.” Our local industry includes:
- Close to 1,000 businesses
- More than 40,000 jobs, contributing billions of dollars to the city’s economy
- One of the top video game clusters, third largest film & television centre in North America, and the largest cluster of animation & VFX studios in the world.
Check out these extensive sections on the VEC website for more mind-blowing information and lists of studios and productions being made in Vancouver:
B.C.’s high tech boom blasts skyward
A recent article on CBC News reports that our high tech sector now employs more people than mining, oil & gas and forestry sectors combined, with companies competing for talent and the film industry leading the way.
“At studios run by major film companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic and Technicolor’s MPC, specialist lighting artists and VFX artists are averaging $105,000 per year, while senior animators are averaging $93,000.”
Expanding into the Okanagan
The wealth of opportunities in the Vancouver mainland are spreading out into other parts of B.C.’s interior, as this news story on Kelowna’s animation industry highlights. (And if you blink, you might miss an animator in a blue hoodie at the 1:00 mark who looks a lot like VanArts graduate Emily Cooper…)
VanArts is Part of the Action
We are thrilled to see all of this industry buzz in our city, as it only spells good news for our alumni who are already a part of it and those who will be part of it in the future.
Want to join them? Now is the time.