The 2014 Oscar Nominations are Here!

The nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced today, and a few of the nominated films had some VFS grads working behind the scenes!

Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street, both nominated for Best Picture of the Year, featured the talents of a number of 3D Animation & Visual Effects grads.

In the Best Animated Feature category, 3D Animation & Visual Effects grads were behind the scenes of two nominated films – The Croods and Frozen. In fact, VFS grad Lino DiSalvo was Frozen‘s Head of Animation!

Continuing to prove the strength of our Animation & Visual Effects programs and the incredible skills of our alumni, VFS grads worked on all five of the films nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Grads from Classical Animation, Digital Character Animation, Digital Design, Entertainment Business Management, Foundation Visual Art & Design, Game Design, Sound Design for Visual Media, and Writing for Film & Television also contributed to the success of several of the above nominated films.

A big congratulations to all the nominees – check out the full list here.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Lone Survivor in Theatres Today

One of the first new films of the year is Lone Survivor, an action-drama starring Mark Wahlberg. Lone Survivor tells the story of a real-life 2005 Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan and is based on Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10, a memoir written by former United States Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

In theatres today, the film features the work of grads from 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Film Production, and Foundation Visual Art & Design, including:

Muhammad Marri, Texture Artist
Freddy Chavez Olmos, Senior Visual Effects Compositor
Jani Viitanen, Technical Assistant
Derek Stevenson, Senior Matchmover
Luke Spence Byrd, Matchmover
Chung-Ping Chao, Compositor
Corey Coates, Compositor

Great work, all!

Chad Costen Foundation Visual Art & Design Scholarship – Call for Entries

We are excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for incoming students! VFS is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Chad Costen Foundation Visual Art & Design Scholarship – a $2,500 award that will be offered to a new student in the Foundation Visual Art & Design program.

The scholarship is named in honour of Chad Costen, an instructor with the Foundation department. Chad’s talents vary from costume design and creature effects to puppetry and art production, but his true interest lies in visual storytelling. The desire to share thoughtful work with the world and combine his other interests into a single career has led him to pursue a life of independent filmmaking. Chad is also a graduate of the VFS Film Production program

The scholarship is open to all incoming students registered in the Foundation Visual Art & Design program, beginning January 8, March 3, May 5, or June 30, 2014, provided they have not previously taken any professional program at Vancouver Film School, have an undergraduate or graduate degree, and can provide a reference letter.

The deadline to apply to the Chad Costen Foundation Visual Art & Design Scholarship is 16:30 PST December 2, 2013. Download the application form or speak with an advisor to learn more.

Ender’s Game in Theatres Today

The highly anticipated sci-fi action/adventure film, Ender’s Game, is in theatres today! With the human race threatened by an alien attack, brilliant young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the Interntional Military to lead the battle that will determine the future of Earth and the survival of the human race.

The film features the work of nearly two dozen grads from 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Film Production, Foundation Visual Art & Design, and Writing for Film & Television, including:

Abdullah Ecirli, Lead Compositor
Adam Tate
, Visual Effects Production Assistant
Alex Gabriel
, Effects Artist
Ali Aboud Al Ghifari
, Digital Compositing Lead
Anna Tonrungroj
, Digital Compositor
Chelsea Whittet
, Effects Artist
Daniel Lorenzo Alvarez
, Rigger
Eric Zhang
, Texture Artist
Inki Jo
, Lighting Artist
Jody Wilson
, Associate Production Manager
Jorge Gonzalez de Cossio, Modeler
Kenji Kosugi
, Junior Effects Artist
Marc Roth, Senior Visual Effects Artist
Nathan Budarick, Rigger
Oliver Seemann
, Matt Painter
Ricardo Bonisoli

Samson Wong, Lighting
Stephanie Warner, Layout Coordinator
Wanda Kwok, Roto/Paint Artist

Check out the trailer:

More Spookiness Courtesy of VFS Grads

We’re only one day away from Halloween – and today we have three spooky shorts to share with you to keep the festivities going!

Warning – these shorts contain mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

Mortyfied – A comedy/horror short from Andrew Riley (Writing for Film & Television).

XI – Unique and haunting imagery from Madelaine Rumball (Foundation Visual Art & Design and Digital Design).

Pedi Nan – A thought-provoking piece on mortality from Sondley Valbrun (Classical Animation).

Great work, guys!

VFS Instructors and Alumni Team Up and Strip Down

A group of VFS instructors and alumni have teamed up for the ABCs of Death Search for the 26th Director Competition! “M” is for Messiah was created by Borrowtime Films, an independent production company formed by VFS grads (and current VFS instructors) Bob Woolsey (Writing for Film & Television) and Darren Borrowman (Film Production).

“This is the kind of thing you can only do as an alumni project,” says Nicholas Humphries, who directed much of the film while also playing a naked cult member. “Luckily, I knew we had access to all the right people from my time at VFS as an instructor.”

Other grads on the project include Lindsey Mann (Entertainment Business Management), Sarah Elizabeth (Makeup Design for Film & Television), Jesse Hill (Sound Design for Visual Media), Amanda Roop (Foundation Visual Art & Design and 3D Animation & Visual Effects), Victor Matanawi (Foundation Visual Art & Design & Film Production), Mark Hogan (Film Production), and Michelle Ferguson, Romuald Hivert, and Mayumi Yoshida (all from Acting for Film & Television).

In total, that’s 11 VFS grads from eight programs!

“M” is for Messiah is currently in sixth place based on audience votes. If the film maintains a top six placing through the end of voting on November 14, it could be included in the final anthology feature film, The ABCs of Death 2, and receive international distribution courtesy of Magnet Releasing. M is for Messiah was shot overnight on location in Chilliwack, BC and is currently the only submission in the competition from Vancouver.

We warn you, the film is for mature audiences only – complete with cult sacrifice, mass suicide, and full frontal nudity. You can watch and vote for the film here.

Best of luck, guys!

Update: January 8, 2014M Is For Messiah has been announced as one of the shorts being showcased in the ABCs of Death 1.5 lineup, a spin-off of the competition that features the producers’ favourite submissions. Read more on Fangoria and Bloody Disgusting. Great work, everyone!

Get Your Exclusive All Access Pass to the VFS Open House Weekend!

This November, join us for the VFS Open House Weekend and experience what it’s like to be a student at VFS! Go behind the scenes and learn everything you need to know about kick-starting your entertainment career.

For two full days, we’ll be opening up our campuses in Downtown Vancouver and sharing what makes VFS so special and how YOU can be a part of it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to:

  • Meet alumni, current students, faculty, and staff
  • View student work
  • Watch live demonstrations
  • Explore our campuses
  • Learn how you can get the career you’ve always wanted

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Makeup Design for Film & Television
Foundation Visual Art & Design
Film Production
Animation & Visual Effects

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Writing for Film & Television
Digital Design
Sound Design for Visual Media
Acting for Film & Television
Game Design

For more information on the VFS Open House Weekend and to register, visit us online or call 1.800.661.4101.

FIFA 14 Hits Shelves Today

FIFA 14, the latest edition in the soccer video game series from EA, is being released in North America today. A group of VFS grads from Game Design, Foundation Visual Art & Design, 3D Animation & Visual EffectsSound Design for Visual Media, and Entertainment Business Management worked on the game, including:

Brad Dyck, Embedded Audio Quality Assurance Tester
Eloy Hernandez, Quality Assurance Tester
Fonda Louie, Associate Animator
Garrett Metcalf, Senior Quality Assurance Tester
Ignacio Vallejo, Quality Assurance Tester
Kramer Solinsky, Quality Assurance Tester
Luc Labelle, Lead Quality Assurance Analyst
Mattheus Pitillo, Quality Assurance Tester
Melissa Stacey, Quality Assurance Team Lead
Noushin Bardi, Assistant Test Coordinator
Rob Starr, Lighting & Environmental Artist
Trevor Da Silva, Development Support
Warren Zahari, Assistant Modeler

Take a look at the trailer:

Great work, everyone!

You’re a 90-Second Video Away from $3 Million in Scholarships!

Inspire us and we’ll inspire you.

VFS is excited to announce the launch of the My Year Video Scholarship Contest! Create a 90-second video based on a line from the VFS Manifesto and qualify for full and partial scholarships, valid for any of our 13 programs.

What you need to do:

  • Register for the competition at My Year Video Scholarship Contest.
  • Create a 90 second video based on one line from the VFS Manifesto that inspires you.
  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Once your entry is approved, share your video with friends and family to increase your chances of winning.

What you can qualify for:

  • 10 Full-Tuition Scholarships
  • 1 Full-Tuition Social Sharing Scholarship
  • Up to 50 Partial-Tuition Scholarships
  • 3 Full-Tuition Early Bird Scholarships
  • Up to $500,000 Partial-Tuition Early Bird Scholarships

Early Bird deadline is September 15, 2013.

Final deadline to apply is October 15, 2013.

The sooner you submit your video, the higher your chances of being awarded a scholarship through the Early Bird and Social Sharing voting.


Do you know someone who would benefit from this incredible opportunity? Spread the word!

Questions? Check out our FAQ page.

The Quest Continues With Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Over 35 VFS grads from 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Digital Character Animation, Foundation Visual Art & Design, Film Production, and Makeup Design for Film & Television worked their magic on the recently released Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Our grads worked on various areas of the film, with credits ranging from Special Effects Makeup Technician and Production Assistant to Digital Compositor and Visual Effects Artist.

The fantasy-adventure film is a sequel to 2010′s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief and tells the story of a group of friends on a quest to protect their home.

Great work, everyone!