2011 Summer Intensives Are Coming this July!

Though spring has just sprung, we’re already thinking about the upcoming 2011 Summer Intensives, starting this July!

5 days. 10 intense and fun programs. Your one chance this summer to learn from our top instructors and experience what it’s like to be a full-time student at VFS.

Each program is carefully designed to give you a valuable educational experience, and Summer Intensive fees can be applied toward your VFS tuition if you choose to pursue a full-time program.

Last year, students came from 17 countries to be a part of the Summer Intensives experience. While getting a sneak peek at VFS curriculum, they collaborated and made lasting connections with a global network of like-minded artists all considering the same path.

This year’s week-long programs include Acting, Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Design, Entertainment Business Management, Film Production, Game Design, Makeup Design, Sound Design, Writing, and a special Experience VFS Intensive that allows you to get a taste of everything VFS offers in entertainment arts education.

Seats are very limited and many Intensives sell out quickly every year.

Click here to learn more about the 2011 VFS Summer Intensives and to register.

Sound Science for Kids

Sound Design for Visual Media instructors Brad Hillman and Curtis Wright recently spent some time with an excitable crowd of young sound aficionados.

Science World, the iconic silver globe that consistently pops up as one of the most recognizable structures in Vancouver, for the third time hosted VFS Sound Design for a special event aimed at kids 4 to 10 years old. This time, the theme was  “Big Weather”.

Curtis shed some light on their presentation topic:

“We discussed how in the audio post-production world, we would first collect real weather sounds,” he says.  “We had a sampler on stage so that we could pull kids out of the audience and have them ‘play’ weather on stage… rain, wind, thunder… all the ingredients for a perfect storm.”

Check out more photos of Sound Design’s visit to Science World on our Flickr page.

Grad Takes First Place in Waves Audio Competition

While everyone who enters a contest is, in a way, a winner, only Sound Design for Visual Media grad Toby Hulse is the winner of the Waves Audio Sound Design Competition. Over 250 entries took video assets from the Electronic Arts’ game Need for Speed 2: Unleashed and designed the sound for a trailer. In the end, Toby claimed the top prize, with current Sound Design student Ryan Thompson placing an amazing fourth.

The competition was judged by a panel of industry veterans, whose credits include Hellboy 2, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and 2 Fast 2 Furious. Of Toby’s winning entry they said, “Grabbed me first time through-rocked.”

“Winning the Waves Sound Design Competition has been huge for me,” says Toby. “It has given me a renewed confidence in my abilities as a sound designer and has directly connected me with numerous industry veterans. It has created a lot of interest in my work and opened the doors to some exciting job opportunities.”

UPDATE: Looks like we missed that Josh Osiris, who placed third, is also a Sound Design grad. Sorry Josh!

Listen to Toby’s winning entry below, and check out Ryan and Josh’s efforts on the contest page. Congratulations!

Get Pulled Into the Source Code

In Donnie Darko, Jake Gyllenhaal travels through time and talks to a psychotic rabbit. In Source Code, released today, he travels through time and talks to Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. Time travel, exploding trains, animating Jake Gyllenhaal? Sounds like a job for our 3D Animation & Visual Effects grads!

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert calls it an “ingenious thriller”.

The list of grads includes names both familiar and new:

Anthony Di Ninno, Animator
Tuba Yalcin, Effects Technical Director
Alok Gandhi, Technical Director
Jeffrey Burt, Lead Layout Artist
Armando Velazquez, Digital Compositor
Ryan Lim, Concept Modeler
Eric Zhang, Modelling and Texture Artist

Congratulations to everyone involved!