March 2, 2017 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Feature industry professional spotlights and Q & A sessions with talented visual effects and animation professionals

March 2, 2017 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Soundstage | The Art Institute of Vancouver
2665 Renfrew Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7


Student Affairs Department | 866.717.8080


MediaX is an informative networking event at The Art Institute of Vancouver, bringing together visual effects and animation professionals, alumni, enthusiasts, and current and prospective students. This evening event will feature industry professional spotlights and Q & A sessions with talented professionals currently working on the highest level productions. 

Three of our industry Spotlights

Nathan ThomasCinematic Artist at Electronic Arts.
Formerly: Senior Animator at MPC, Image Engine, Walt Disney Company, Rainmaker and United Front Games.

Nathan has a wealth of experience as an animator at the highest level of both visual effects and video game production. He will discuss his career in the industry, what it takes to be successful, and showcase some of the exciting projects he has been a part of. 

Career highlights: Independence Day Resurgence, Power Rangers, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Jack the Giant Killer, Man of Steel: Batman V Superman, Monster Trucks, Goosebumps, Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy,The Secret Life of Walter, Mitty,Maleficient, Game of Thrones, Spider-Man 2

Erika A LehnerMaya Animator & 3D Generalist / Render Technician at Nitrogen Studios
Formerly: 3D Generalist and Stereo Artist at Genre8, Senior Rotomation Artist and Training Lead at Prime Focus.

Erika has an interesting background in layout, animation, rotomation, rotoscope, stereo and rotopaint. As a 3D generalist at some of the world’s biggest VFX studios Erika has a broad knowledge of today’s VFX pipelines and will be discussing her career and what it takes to succeed in the industry.

Career highlights: The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, Pan, Pixels, San Andreas, Insurgent, Jupiter Ascending, Maleficent, Godzilla, 300: Rise of an Empire, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, The Grand Master

Alex Martinez | VFX Compositor / Roto-Paint Artist – Method Studios 
Formerly: MPC, Digital Domain & Genre8
Alex is a graduate of the AiV VFX program and has had an exciting career working on some of Hollywood’s biggest VFX movies.

Career highlights: 
Godzilla (feature and Trailer), Maleficent (feature and Trailer), Captain America 2 (Trailer), Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer)
The Grand Master (Feature - China), Divergent Series Insurgent (Feature and Trailer), Pixels (Feature and Trailer), Pan (Feature and Trailer)
The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2 (Feature and Trailer), Batman vs Superman (Feature and Trailer), Divergent Series: Insurgent (Feature), Captain America : Civil War (Feature)

*Event open to Aiv students and general public.