Darla Edin Continues to Impress on Face Off

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If you haven’t been watching season 8 of Face Off, well, why not?! It’s really one of the most thrilling and creative reality series out there. These contestants are incredibly gifted makeup artists with plenty of opportunities to shine, but our favorite has always been Darla Edin, a Makeup for Film & Television grad that is killing it on the show.

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#OscarsSoWhite

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After the 2015 Academy Award nominations were announced, a hashtag was born: #OscarsSoWhite. Not since 1998 have we seen such a lack of representation in diversity, across all categories, but there has been a positive aspect to this whole thing. People are actually talking about it, there’s movement, you can feel a cultural shift in the conversation — enough is enough.

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The Art of Voice Acting

Last week, Acting for Film & Television students had the opportunity to ask some of Vancouver’s most prominent voice actors — along with a high-profile agent and creative director — anything they wanted to know about their craft and the business side of things. It was an extraordinary gathering of talent, on and off the “stage”. Listening to the actors’ demo reels was a real highlight and most students recognized at least a few of the animated cartoon voices — a lot of cheering, a lot of fun. The advice that was repeated by the panel participants was: do it only if you love it and train. It’s safe to say that the students in attendance are good on both counts.

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Please Look After This Bear: The VFX of Paddington

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On January 30, students from 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Digital Character Animation, and Foundation Visual Art & Design were invited to attend a talk by Pablo Grillo (Head of Animation at Framestore in London) titled, Please Look After This Bear: The VFX of Paddington.” Along with the team at Framestore, Pablo animated Paddington from the beloved Michael Bond books. In the talk, Pablo discussed how they achieved the talking bear’s believable look and some of the technical difficulties involved in creating the scenes with Paddington-style chaos.

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“Jupiter Ascending” and “Seventh Son” Open Tonight!

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Opening today, the newest Wachowski brothers’ film, Jupiter Ascending, stars Channing Tatum as Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, and Milas Kunis as Earth-born janitor — but actually a royal and heir to Earth — Jupiter Jones. Vancouver Film School grads from Sound Design and 3D Animation & Visual Effects helped bring this space opera to life, including:

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VFS Grad Makes the Crazy8s Top 6

It’s Fast! It’s Fun! It’s Crazy!

The Crazy8s Festival is known for being, well, crazy  – in a great way, of course! This 8 day filmmaking challenge is truly unique, offering funding and support to emerging filmmakers from sponsors in the local production community. With over a hundred applications each year, it’s no wonder why the festival is seeing its 16th birthday. But that’s not the only reason we’re excited…

This year, Film Production grad Mo Soliman has made it to the top 6 with his film “Under a Glass Moon” about the unlikely encounter between an elderly man and a masked intruder. In the end, these men find out that they share a disturbing past.

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A Mother’s View of a Daughter’s Triumph

Janet Walmsley is the mother of Jenny Story, a VFS Classical Animation and Digital Character Animation grad. Janet has recently penned a book, “The Autistic Author and Animator” (launching in May) about her daughter’s struggle with autism and the impact it had on her educational journey. The short version is that of triumph for Jenny in the pursuit of her dream to become an animator. And if we can take one thing from her story it’s this: you are the architect of your future.

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