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1  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / MPC Vancouver seeks Creative Senior Lead Compositor on: February 28, 2009, 06:24:52 PM
MPC Vancouver is looking for a senior level compositor with strong artistic and problem solving skills to lead creative development of a key FX sequence in a high profile feature film. This is a 2 month contract position with immediate start. Open to non-BC residents, relocation compensation provided for the right candidate.

Please send info to vanh.vfx.jobs@thomson.net

Start Date:        13/01/2009
Close Date:       13/03/2009
2  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / CIS Vancouver seeks experienced Shake Compositors on: February 28, 2009, 06:22:14 PM
CIS Vancouver is hiring! We're actively seeking strong Shake Compositors for work on upcoming feature film projects.

Senior compositors must have 5+ years experience in the visual effects industry compositing for feature films.

Intermediate level compositors must have 3+ years of experience, or have an amazing demo reel.

Please e-mail your CV, demo reel, and availability to: recruiting@cis-vancouver .com

We thank all candidates in advance for applying but only those selected will be contacted for an interview

Start Date:        05/02/2009
Close Date:       31/03/2009
3  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / The Moving Picture Company Vancouver is looking for a qualified VFX Recruiter. on: February 28, 2009, 01:31:03 AM

The Moving Picture Company Vancouver is looking for a qualified VFX Recruiter.

The recruiter will be responsible for recruiting in a high turnover environment, where the majority of artists are either contract or freelance. Recruiting functions include sourcing top talent, interviewing applicants, and short listing appropriate candidates. The ideal candidate will have experience of recruiting creative talent for Feature Film VFX, Television VFX, Games or similar creative/technical industries.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

• Define, implement and execute recruiting strategies that meet the staffing
needs of the VFX hiring managers
• Proactively seek out candidates through networking, cold-calling and
• Prepare, post and monitor recruitment ads
• Screen candidates for availability, skill level, salary range, relocation
Needs and basic qualifications
• Negotiate and close contracts
• Create, maintain artist database and contact list
• Assist in marketing endeavours as required

Education, Experience and Skills required:

• Minimum of 3 years of VFX or similar industry experience
• Strong research skills
• Excellent business acumen and strong written and verbal communication
• Outgoing personality, desire and ability to attend social networking events
and functions in evenings and weekends when required
• Proven negotiation skills, the ability to persuade and influence decision

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to scott-g@moving-picture.com

4  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / Looking for designer/flash artist for onset playback Stargate Universe on: February 26, 2009, 04:16:47 PM
Hi All,

I am looking for someone to do interactive on-set playback graphics for Stargate Universe.

I need someone who is good with flash and has decent action scripting knowledge.

Most of our graphics are done with the adobe line-up and scripted with lingo (director) but we have some smaller devices that we need interactive flash graphics for.
If anyone is interested, or knows someone who might be - email me directly @ stonesoupd@gmail.com

I'm looking to get someone asap.

We would prefer someone willing to work in-house.

5  VFX Industry News & Information / Vancouver VFX Job Leads / Lux VFX accepting Compositor Resumes on: February 23, 2009, 05:27:22 PM
LUXVFX is currently looking for a Senior Compositor to join our
talented team of award-winning artists to create visual effects for
upcoming commercials, television series and feature films.

Essential Functions:
• Composite Digital Visual Effects and lead a team of 2D artists for
final delivery of VFX
• Demonstrate a broad range of superior compositing abilities and
determine the best approach to solve compositing challenges
• Attend and actively participate in team / production meetings
• Conceptualize and determine the overall look, attitude and style of
the production
• Meet project deadlines and milestones, including any weekly quotas,
as set by project leads and the production department

• At least 5+ years experience in compositing digital vfx for film or tv
• Advanced demonstrated knowledge and production experience in Fusion
(Nuke an asset)
• Must present a show reel highlighting candidate's advanced skill and
eye for colour, lighting, attention to detail and composition
• Strong leadership and communication skills are critical
• Must be organized, have excellent client and interpersonal skills,
take direction well and be able to manage multiple projects in a high
stress fast paced production environment
• Canadian citizen or valid work permit

To Apply:
Email hr@luxvfx.com with attachments of your cover letter, resume &
links to your online demo reel.
Subject Line: Senior Compositor

If you don't have an online reel, submit your demo reel to:
HR – Senior Compositor
Suite 201 - 196 West 3rd Avenue
Vancouver BC Canada V5Y 1E9
6  VFX Industry News & Information / VFX News / Lost Boys Learning Vancouver Studio Tour & VES Celebration on: November 28, 2008, 08:50:33 PM


Our first Vancouver studio tour for the class of 2009 happily coincided with the 3rd annual VES Celebration of Visual Effects, hosted by the Vancouver Chapter of the Visual Effects Society.  Not only were we able to visit four prominent visual effects and design studios, we were able to attend a cocktail party with industry insiders and a private screening of behind-the-scenes VFX challenges of feature films The Hulk, Changeling, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Iron Man.  

The day began before dawn as we left Courtenay in the dark, in our mini-van, and drove to Nanaimo to catch the morning ferry.  The winds were intense as we crossed the Georgia Strait into Vancouver.  


First stop on the tour was Image Engine Design & Effects, one of Vancouver's longest-running visual effects shops created by VFX Supervisor Robin Hackl and VFX Producer Christopher Mossman.  After an intense year creating effects for The Hulk, Lost Boys 2: The Tribe and Stargate Atlantis, Image Engine was just beginning work on a new feature film; we signed NDAs so details will be released later!  (HINT: The project is an interesting one...  Some details are already public but I'll let you find out for yourself so we don't violate the NDA's, IMDB Link) Facilities Manager Mike Tate showed us their newly expanded facility and introduced four artists who graciously gave us demonstrations on paint-out, rigging, animating and lighting.  


After a sushi and noodles lunch on Broadway at “Opera Sushi” (yes, we watched opera on the TV) we went to see Animation Director Ken Meyer at design and commercial house Global Mechanic.  Founded by filmmaker and designer Bruce Alcock, Global Mechanic produces series, short films and commercials using a variety of techniques including 3D, VFX, Flash, stop-motion and traditional art.  Ken led us through the facility, then showed us some commercials he's been working on for clients such as Kelloggs, AEP and American Express. The environment was very relaxed, with musical instruments, the garage band area, and funky art throughout the facility.


Just down the street was our next stop, Atmosphere Visual Effects.  Founded by Andrew Karr, Jeremy Hoey and Tom Archer, the boutique shop remains a favourite with Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica, although they've now branched into the feature film area with work on Snow Buddies and the upcoming Thaw.  VFX Producer Pauline Burns led us through the studio, stopping to chat with various artists in 3D and compositing, including Emmy Award winner Brenda Campbell.  As it was Friday afternoon, the crew were playing Wii skateboarding and gearing down.  


Last on our tour was the shop formerly known as Rainmaker: CIS Vancouver.  Many years of excellence have kept CIS at the forefront of visual effects, with shops in London, Hollywood and now Vancouver.  CG Supervisor Geoffrey Hancock talked us through film and digital intermediate processes and VFX pipeline as we toured the large facility, which also houses Deluxe Film Labs and Post Production.  Artists were working on shots from four features, and CIS had recently completed VFX for Clint Eastwood's Changeling and the teen vampire flick Twilight.  Geoff showed us a complex breakdown for the opening and closing sequences of Changeling in the screening theatre.  


Friday evening found us at The Cambie Pub, connecting and socializing with Lost Boys Learning alumni including Poshin Wang, Alex Lama, Perry Sohn and Andy Chen, and former Lost Boys Studios artists Ken Meyer, Kevin Genzel, Chris Uyede and Trevor Adams.  Networking is a huge part of the industry, and if there are some good burgers, good music and beer at the same time, all the better.  It's not a coincidence that the best industry gossip has a direct relationship with beer consumption!


On Saturday evening we drove down to Granville Island, an artsy area of Vancouver on False Creek that houses the Public Market, Arts Club Theatre and Emily Carr University of Art & Design.  At the Granville Island Hotel, the VES Vancouver Chapter hosted a cocktail reception for those attending the Visual Effects Society Celebration, and annual event that brings together industry luminaries and students alike, to discuss, promote and learn about the visual effects scene in Vancouver.  


After some delectable munchies, a drink, and visits with VFX Supervisors Robin Hackl (The Hulk, Blades of Glory), Bob Habros (Blade, Eureka, The L Word) and John Gajdecki (Slither, Fallen, Dr. Doolittle) we went to the Emily Carr University screening theatre, where John Gajdecki hosted an informative presentation complete with 3D glasses and free mouse pads.  

Studios presenting shot breakdowns this year were Frantic Films (stereoscopic VFX for Journey to the Center of the Earth), The Embassy (first 3D iron man suit for Iron Man), Image Engine (3D environments and matte painting for The Hulk) and CIS Vancouver (full 3D environments for Changeling).  We learned a lot about the pre-production planning and technical R&D that goes into each sequence.  

For more behind the scenes photos visit our gallery.  Watch for further project posts of our Ghost and Product Shot project coming in the next few weeks.  



Lost Boys Learning is North America's only dedicated accredited visual effects school with world-class training in photo-realistic 3D for VFX and compositing for film and television. Boasting a 94% placement rate Lost Boys Learning offers a specialized 1 year Visual Effects Diploma on Vancouver Island, Canada.  Our students work with the award winning VFX Supervisor and experienced mentor, Mark Benard, in a project-based learning environment, covering VFX pre-production and shooting, 3D for VFX and compositing.  We are now accepting applications for our new intake starting in January or May of 2009.  Please visit our website and/or email us for further information.
7  General Discussion / Work in Progress (WIP) / Re: my simple latest work :) on: February 24, 2009, 03:42:59 AM
Thanks for sharing Thunderstorm, welcome to the Forum.

That's a nice image, perhaps you can share with us what your motivation was behind the creative?  What software did you use?


8  General Discussion / VFX Chit Chat / Memo from VEABC re: Further expansion of the VFX Union on: February 28, 2009, 05:24:53 PM
I had this email forwarded to me this morning though my Visual Effects Society membership.  Strangely not directly from Visual Effects Association of British Columbia, VEABC...  (Of which I have been a member since its inception.)

The relatively new phenomenon of Productions having in-house Visual Effects (VFX) teams has apparently empowered the local Film Union to expand its influence into the VFX industry.  A few years back we made history when Battlestar's in-house VFX team was the first of its kind to be absorbed into a Unionized film crew.  Now a new film being produced in Vancouver, Hole, has become the second occurrence of an in-house VFX team being under the union umbrella.

I would like to open up the topic of Unionization within the Visual Effects Industry for discussion.  

I realize this can be an emotional issue to some so let's keep the discussion clean and professional.

Dear Members,
The VFX department on the film "Hole" has been forced into the union.  All of the particulars of union membership are not available to us yet. Reportedly, everyone in the VFX department without "Supervisor" in their title is affected and pays $120 per month in some form of dues.  A source has informed us of the "response" to this union action saying:  
"The producer's said they had no choice." and ".everything else went down hill from there.  The producer said dealing with the Teamsters was like dealing with angels compared with whatever the name of the local the VFX people are in is."

A primary fear has been what the perception of doing Visual Effects work in BC, as the only VFX union in the world, will have on work continuing to come to our province.  The final outcome remains to be seen on this; however, initial steps by the union seem to justify our fears.
The VEA(BC) has had contact by artists who have expressed great frustration at a difficulty finding employment after being part of the Battlestar Galactica union group.  Technically it is illegal to not be hired because of union membership.  However, in an industry where jobs are attained by "merit" of reels, and resumes, it isn't too far fetched.  This is very real, though unverifiable, concern.
Our contacts at the CFTPA tell us the Canadian Producers are still in "collective bargaining" with the union and have not yet "agreed" to anything.
Your VEA(BC) is still investigating how best to become involved on this issue on your behalf. If any of you are involved with the project and concerned use your association.  It is what we are here for.  The more intuitive webpage is being designed but we have to make do with what our current resources provide so please send us your thoughts on this, or any issue or rumour, through the email: info@veabc.com

If you don't talk to us, we can't speak for you.
I have remind you all that there are only two days left before all unpaid memberships expire and will be removed from our lists and access to our information will cease.  For those of you who have not paid yet, don't be in the dark about what is happening to your industry.  Speak now, support your professional voice and pay your association membership fees today, or forever hold your piece.  $125 a year of $120 a month?
Your VEA(BC) will continue to speak as loudly as we can on this and every issue affecting our members.  Be well.

Ivan Hayden
Visual Effects Association of BC

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