In a recent blog post, we discussed the power and perseverance of 2D animation. Even though we live in the age of 3D, this classic style has had a serious impact on audiences over the years and continues to thrive in television and film.
Shortly after graduating from Sound Design for Visual Media, Brandon Reader was scooped up by Riot Games. Currently working there as an audio mixer (and loving it!), we took this opportunity to ask Brandon about his quick journey from student to professional. Here’s what he had to say about life at Vancouver Film School, working at Riot Games, and what’s next.
At Vancouver Film School, we’re lucky to have resident experts when it comes to technology and trends. And when we want the inside scoop on what’s popular—or not so popular—we ask our students. School schedules can be intense, especially around here. So, what tricks are students using to make their days just a little bit easier, fun, and more organized? For this round, we contacted Digital Design and Game Design to find out. Check out their favourite apps!
For Beatriz Brenes, winning a Vancouver Film School My Year Scholarship gave her permission to embrace her passion for acting and focus on the craft full time. Now in her fourth term in the Acting for Film & Television program, she reflects on her time before it all started and how she has grown into the artist she is today. It’s all about saying yes, being brave, and never giving up.
This is not the first time Noa Lothian has been on our radar. Since graduating from the Sound Design program in 2008, Noa has worked on some of the most popular video games on the market. The recently launched Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is just one example of his many projects. Noa used some of his limited time off to create a list for our readers about the life of a professional sound designer. Take a look!
Sometimes dreaming big means you get to live big. Just ask recent Writing for Film & Television grad Cristina Martínez Pérez. In the same month, Cristina graduated from Vancouver Film School and her short film $2Pesos, conceived and developed as a writing student, premiered at The International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM). With an honorable mention win (congrats!) under her belt, Cristina is still reeling from the experience. The biggest lesson she’s learned? Well, that’s easy: dreams do come true.
Can you believe that Halloween is only a few days away? To celebrate, we felt like doing something festive and educational for our readers. What’s festive and educational, you ask? Well, we asked Makeup for Film & Television students Denean Dale and Madison Mah to create an original Halloween look for us. They came up with a terrifying zombie creation (see above) and we filmed the entire creation process!
A team of Film Production students are working together to make an original film called Voskhod for their final thesis project. An ambitious undertaking, the film will showcase the skills they’ve learned while studying at VFS. The team includes: Caitlin Morrison (Producer), Ivan Stepanov (Director), Bill Moldt (Writer/Director of Photography), Kevin Horan (Editor/Dolly Grip), Jeannette Moesgen (1st AD), Zachary Richardson (Production Designer), and Julian Dewies (1st AC/Assistant Editor).
The fall television lineup has aired and is gaining momentum. Some are proving to be instant hits, while others are struggling to connect with an audience. All that programming got us thinking. We love television, but what makes us embrace a series, or be repelled by one? Can we even identify why, critically, we “love” or “hate” something?
Much to our chagrin, 2D Animation is less and less common these days. Once a dominate force in the world of animation, classics like Aladdin, Lion King, and The Little Mermaid have been replaced by 3D monster hits (CoughPixarCough). But is it too late for a 2D resurgence? The quick answer is: no. Well, not if Disney veteran James Lopez has anything do with it. Luckily, he does have something to do with it!