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The VFX Magic Behind Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a visual treat. If you grew up reading the comics or watching the tv series, this year’s reboot film will feel visually familiar in all the right ways. A throwback to the original Peyo designs, the film features richly detailed environments, beautifully animated characters and FX that remind us of how an update to a 2D classic should be done.

To help us navigate the process and gain insight into the CG magic for the film, we sat down with Mike Ford, VFX supervisor on the project.

This newest installment of the Smurfs feels like a closer throwback to the original Peyo Smurf design. What can you tell us about this?

The conversation started between Kelly [Asbury, director] and Noelle [Triaureau, production designer]. They wanted to make sure the movie looked as much as possible like the original comics Peyo had drawn — not only in terms of the characters, but also for the environments and how shots were composed to make it look as much like the original material. Noelle and Patrick Mate [character designer] are both French, which gave us an advantage as they had grown up reading the comics: they were already familiar with the Smurfs characters and universe. I was first exposed to Smurfs in the Hanna-Barbera era, via the television series. I also had the figurines that I used to play with. Our process started with the question: What makes a "Smurf" a "Smurf?"

Read more of Jessica's interview with Mike Ford at our website.

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Limited Tickets Available for Borja Montoro's Masterclass!

The character design masterclass with renowned animator Borja Montoro is less than a week away and tickets are selling fast! The day-long masterclass will focus on creation with the necessary nuance so that designs can transfer to multiple phases of animation.

Over his 30-year career as a character designer, Spanish artist Borja Montoro has worked on everything from The Lion King to Zootopia, along the way developing a method to character design which has shaped many of our favourite characters.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most celebrated character designers working today is quickly approaching and you don't want to miss out on your chance to learn from an industry leader!

Masterclass tickets are now available!

When: Saturday, April 29 @ 9:30 am (doors open at 9 am)
Admission: $125 // Students with ID: $100
Pass includes GST.
Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)
Vancouver, Canada
Info & Passes: SparkCG.ca

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Moana and Zootopia Art Books Available!

Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase copies of The Art of Zootopia and The Art of Moana! We have a limited number of copies of each book available for purchase at a discounted cost of $40 each (taxes included)!

Each book provides a behind-the-scenes look at two of 2016's most celebrated animated feature films, including the work of Mr. Montoro. A great keepsake for animation lovers!

A limited number of books is available for pre-order and will be available for pick-up at the event.

Online sales will be available until midnight on Friday, April 28 (unless books sell-out in advance). Available stock will be available at the event for $40 (cash and credit only, no debit).

Pre-order your copies now — while quantities last!

Submit to SPARK ANIMATION 2017!

This year, SPARK ANIMATION 2017 runs from October 26th to 29th, and whether you're an independent filmmaker, a big studio, or a student, we want your projects!

SPARK ANIMATION is proud of the diversity of projects it receives and programs, and every effort is made to ensure a blend of traditional and CG animation. Be it a commercial or PSA, music video or experimental project, personal story or a game cinematic, we want them all!

Regular submission deadline is September 1, 2017 while the extended deadline is September 11, 2017.

For additional submission guidelines, information and to submit your project, visit our FilmFreeway festival page.

In 2016, we received nearly 800 submissions representing over 60 countries. Help us spread SPARK ANIMATION further by sharing the submission page with friends, colleagues and on social media! Don't forget to hashtag your posts #SPARK2017!

Community News

Vancouver Career Fair Announced

Designed to connect top creative talent with Vancouver's innovative studios, the annual Vancouver Career Fair for VFX, Animation and Video Games is taking place Saturday, May 6 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building).

The free event is produced by the Vancouver Economic Commission with contributing partners Visual Effects Society, Spark CG Society, and Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH.

Larger than ever, this year's event will bring together 35 exhibitors including a wider range of participants in the Education Expo so whether you're looking for a job or for information on educational programs, this event is not to be missed!

For additional information and to register for a spot, visit the event website.

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