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FREE EVENT: The VFX of Catch-22

The rise of “prestige television” with the likes of Black Sails, Game of Thrones and Westworld have done more than raise the bar for writing, directing and acting for the small screen; they have also pushed the envelope for how television shows look, and that includes cutting-edge visual effects.

The latest adaptation of Joseph Heller’s best-selling novel, Catch-22 comes to us from executive producer, director and star George Clooney, but the movie star credentials didn’t buy Clooney and his team much in the way of extra time (or money), and it landed on the team at DNEG to deliver six episodes of movie-quality effects on the budget and schedule of television.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 7:15 pm, join VFX producer Alun Cummins, VFX supervisor Brian Connor, and CG supervisor Gavin Harrison as the trio discuss the different and unique perspectives of each department and how their teams worked together to overcome the obstacles of delivering great visual effects with limited time and resources.

Attendees will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win the Foundry’s Production Collective which includes Nuke, Mai and Modo.

Registration for this event is free but space is limited. For additional details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page.

When: Wednesday, June 5 @ 7:15 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: Vancouver Film School
Digital Design Campus, Main Theatre
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: Free
Info: Event Website






Tony Bancroft Masterclass

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 Deal Ends Next Week!

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 only available until 7 June so don’t delay! To take advantage of the discounted passes, visit the SIGGRAPH website for details.




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