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Second John Musker Masterclass Added

Due to popular demand, we have added a second masterclass date!

In addition to the previously announced class taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Emily Carr University, Reliance Theatre, a second class will be taking place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Capilano University, Bosa Theatre (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver).

A 40-year-veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Musker has done it all. Writer, producer, character animator and director, he is credited with two of the most notable Disney films of the 1990s: The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. In 2016, he wrote and directed Moana which went on to be nominated for two Academy Awards.

Tickets are $125 or $112.50 for groups of 5 or more (note that group pricing is only available through on-line advance sales). Tickets to both dates are still available.

If you previously purchased a ticket to the March 23 masterclass but would like to attend the new date on March 21, please email us at admin@sparkcg.ca with your request.

When: Thursday, March 21 @ 9:30 am (doors open at 8:30 am)
Where: Capilano University
Bosa Theatre
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, Canada
When: Saturday, March 23 @ 9:30 am (doors open at 8:30 am)
Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Reliance Theatre
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: $125 // Groups (5+): $112.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Info & tickets: Event Website






Mortal Engines © 2018 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

SPARK FX Line-up Keeps Growing

Have you seen the line-up for this year’s SPARK FX? It’s like a who’s who of VFX powerhouses and the premiere event to be at for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most exciting visual spectacles of the past year.

As previously announced, Academy Award-winning VFX supervisor Robert Legato (The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Hugo, Titanic) will open the conference and he’ll be followed by presentations on Robert Zemeckis’ latest film Welcome to Marwen, Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Venom as well as presentation on the in-camera effects of First Man and the invisible effects in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.

Newly added presentations include Christian Kaestner and Frederikke Glick on the magic behind Mary Poppins Returns while VFX supervisor Kevin Smith will guide us through the world building of the Peter Jackson produced Mortal Engines.

In addition to a looking back at the groundbreaking effects of Stargate, we’re pleased to have CG Supervisors George Murphy and Stephen Rosenbaum on hand to turn back the clocks and transport us 25 years into the past and the making of the ground-breaking Forrest Gump.

Conference passes which provide you full access to all presentations are now available for $225 or $202.50 for groups of 5 or more (note that group pricing is only available through on-line advance sales).

Single session conference tickets will also be available for $30 each. These are not available for online purchase and will be on sale at the venue on the day of the presentation (cash and credit).






Illustration by Valeriya Nyukalova. leranyukalova.com

Career Fair Registration Now Open

Let us open the door to your dream job.

Taking place Saturday, February 9, the SPARK FX Career Fair is your opportunity to connect with top tier film and television studios in a meaningful way, with valuable one-on-one time with studio recruiters. Instead of simply handing off a resume and reel, this is a networking opportunity that will help you build strong relationships for the job you’re looking for today and in the future.

Whether you’re a seasoned CG animation or VFX professional looking for a change or a student seeking to break into the field, the SPARK FX 2019 Career Fair is the place to start and end your job search.

The participating studios are:

  1. Animal Logic
  2. Cinesite
  3. CVD VFX
  4. DHX Media
  5. DNEG
  6. Electronic Arts
  7. Framestore
  8. FuseFX
  9. Image Engine Design
  10. Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
  11. Mainframe Studios
  12. Method Studios
  13. Rodeo FX
  14. Scanline VFX
  15. Sony Pictures Imageworks
  16. The Focus (MPC Film)
  17. Yeti Farm Creative
  18. Zoic Studios

There is no cost to attend but registering for your 75-minute session is recommended. Registration is now open.







Become a SPARK Volunteer

Want to gain some great experience, help organize great events and meet amazing people? Become a SPARK volunteer!

We’re currently looking for volunteers to help with SPARK FX and other upcoming events for 2019 and beyond.

Complete the volunteer application form to be considered. Application deadline is Friday, January 25.







Hotel Deal for SPARK FX Attendees

Looking for a place to stay during SPARK FX? OPUS Hotel is the official conference hotel.

Centrally located in Yaletown, the OPUS is near SkyTrain which provides easy access to Emily Carr University, as well as a variety of restaurants, pubs and the waterfront.

SPARK FX attendees can take advantage of the preferred rate of $190 per night (+tax), which includes continental breakfast and wi-fi.

Register today to receive the SPARK preferred rate!




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