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FREE EVENT: Designing for Mixed Reality

Wondering about the future of emerging technology? Tonight at 7:15 pm join us as Andrew Klein, Lead Mixed Reality Designer at Microsoft Vancouver, takes us behind the scenes of the making of Dynamic 365 Guides, Microsoft’s jump into the creation of mixed reality products for practical use.

Andrew will answer questions and address some of the problems, techniques and solutions encountered by his team as they created Dynamics 365 Guides, a tool which helps individuals learn new skills faster by using step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real-work situations.

This is your opportunity to ask and get answers to practical questions about designing for MR, which mixes real and virtual worlds to produce new hybrid environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.

The presentation will take place at licensed VFS Cafe (390 W Hastings St). Online registration is now closed but a limited number of rush tickets will be released on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue.

There will be free pizza, sponsored by Microsoft, and a meet-and-greet at 6:30 pm with the presentation to follow at 7:15 pm.

When: Friday, May 24 @ 7:15 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: Vancouver Film School
Digital Media Campus, Main Theatre
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: Free
Info: Event Website






Tony Bancroft Masterclass Announced!

Regardless of the medium, getting comedy right is difficult and no one knows that better than Tony Bancroft.

A 30+ year veteran of the animation industry, Mr. Bancroft has worked in nearly every capacity in the animation industry including a twelve year tenure at Disney Feature Animation working on such classics as Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, as well as directing Mulan.

On Saturday, June 29, join Mr. Bancroft for an in depth dive into animating comedy characters. The day-long masterclass will be divided into four sessions, each covering a specific aspect of animating comedic characters, opening with insights from his career, moving into the history of animated comedy characters and archetypes, followed by a session examining and breaking down specific visual gags and how they have evolved over time and closing the day with a lesson on finding the comedic moments in dialogue and pantomime scenes.

Tickets to the masterclass are $125 each ($112.50 for groups of 5 or more) including all taxes and fees. Each ticket also includes a boxed lunch.

For tickets and additional details on the masterclass, visit the event page.

When: Saturday, June 29 @ 9:30 am (doors open at 8:45 am)
Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: $125 // Groups (5+): $112.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.
Info & tickets: Event Website




Festival News




SPARK ANIMATION 2019: Submissions Open

The Dam Keeper, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Borrowed Time, Garden Party; this is your chance to join the ranks of SPARK ANIMATION Festival Award Winners!

Submissions have officially opened for SPARK ANIMATION 2019, which is taking place October 24 to 27.

Whether you’re a student or polished filmmaker, working independently or a studio, SPARK is pleased to accept all types of animation and offer a wide range of categories for submission not to mention a Festival Jury made up of animation industry luminaries.

Important dates:
  • August 24, 2019 — Regular Submission Deadline
  • September 12, 2019 — Extended Submission Deadline
  • October 1, 2019 — Notification Date
  • October 24 — 27, 2019 — Festival Dates

For more details on the festival, submission details and to submit, visit our submission page.




Community News




SIGGRAPH 2019 Early Bird Passes Now Available

Taking place July 28 to August 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, SIGGRAPH 2019 is a great opportunity to learn something new, see something new, to reconnect with friends and colleagues and make new ones.

This year’s conference will kick off with a keynote from Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President, Production at Marvel Studios and will include various panels, presentations and exhibitions throughout the week-long event.

Early bird registration is now open and will continue until June 7. Visit the SIGGRAPH website for details and passes.




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