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If you haven’t already, this is your official reminder to mark your calendar: the biggest animation event in Western Canada is coming, and you don’t want to miss it!

Opening on Thursday, 24 October and running through Sunday, 27 October, this year’s SPARK ANIMATION 2019 will once again include the film festival, which will open with the SPARK Animation Celebration honouring this year’s award-winning short films.

On Saturday, 26 October, job seekers will be able to connect with some of the industry’s top companies at the career fair, while the conference, featuring presentations on some of the year’s most buzzed-about animated projects, and workshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 October.

Stay tuned. Content announcement, as well as pass and ticket sales will be coming in the next few weeks!

Far From Home – © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Meet SUE: a Super Uber Elemental

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is unwillingly thrust into the spotlight, battling a power-hungry, tech savvy, vengeful adversary and his legion of drones. With a shot count of 320, and crew size of 200, Sony Pictures Imageworks was responsible for the impressive third act of the film. Theo Bialek, VFX Supervisor at Sony, sat down with us to chat through their work on the project.

Read the rest of Jessica Fernandes’ interview with Theo here.


The Angry Birds Movie 2 © 2019 Columbia Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

NEXT WEEK: Behind the Making of Angry Birds 2

The birds are back and this time, they’re doing the unthinkable: teaming up with their arch enemies to take down a common foe.

For the sequel to the wildly successful Angry Birds, the team at Sony Pictures Imageworks were once again tasked with bringing the world of Angry Birds to the big screen.

Next Wednesday, 28 August at 7 pm, join animation leads John Vassallo and Rohini Kumar, lighting lead Shreyasi Das, effects animation supervisor David Allen, as well as VFX supervisor Stirling Duguid as the team takes us behind-the-scenes at the artistic and technical challenges they faced in creating new characters, environments and effects for this new animated adventure.

This event is free but space is limited! To reserve your spot and for more information, visit the event page.

When: Wednesday, 28 August 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: VFS Digital Design Campus
420 Homer St (@ W Hastings)
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: Free
Info & tickets: Event Website

Community News

Vancouver Animation Network’s Mixer is Next Week!

The Vancouver Animation Network is hosting its next mixer on Friday, August 30. The free event is a great way to meet industry peers, share stories, tips, ideas or simply hang out with friends and make new ones.

The mixer kicks off at 6:30 pm at the St. Regis Bar & Grill and includes free pizza, 15% discount on alcohol, 10% discount on food and a 50/50 raffle.

For more info and to RSVP, visit the event page.


Few Tickets Left to Sandro Cleuzo Masterclass!

There is a very limited number of tickets left to the two-day masterclass with character designer Sandro Cleuzo!

Over the weekend of Saturday 14 September and Sunday, 15 September, Sandro will share with attendees the step-by-step process he uses to create his characters.

Both seasoned professionals and students in training will benefit from this two-day masterclass which will give attendees the opportunity to learn firsthand from an industry master who possesses the skills, experience, and inside track on “Injecting Personality Into Character Design & Animation.”

Tickets to this very special two-day event are only $150 ($135 for groups of five or more). Admission includes a box lunch on each day as well as all taxes and fees.

If you plan on attending, don’t delay! There are only a handful of tickets left for this event! For more details on the program, schedule, and to purchase a ticket, visit the event page.

When: Saturday, September 14 & 15 @ 10:00 am (doors open at 9:15 am)
Where: Bosa Theatre
Nat & Flora Bosa Centre for Film & Animation
Capilano University
12055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, Canada
Admission: $150 // Groups (5+): $135*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.
Info & tickets: Event Website

Festival News

SPARK Submissions Close Tomorrow!

TYour opportunity to show your film on the big screen at SPARK ANIMATION Festival is drawing to a close.

The regular deadline for submitting your project for festival consideration is tomorrow, 23 August but if you’re adding the finishing touches to your masterpiece, don’t fret; the extended deadline is 12 September.

This is your opportunity to join the ranks of SPARK ANIMATION Festival Award Winners including The Dam Keeper, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Borrowed Time, Garden Party and Late Afternoon.

Whether you’re a student or polished filmmaker, working 20190822 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 submission information, visit our submission page.

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