Our students from LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV)’s Animation, 3D Modeling and Visual Effects programs had a chance to visit and tour 5 large Visual Effects and Animation studios this summer as they got a feel for the industry and the amazing opportunities here in Vancouver.
Developing and maintaining industry connections has been fundamental for the synergetic relationship between LCV's curriculum relevance and realistic expectations of industry conditions and graduate employment rates. This summer, LaSalle College Vancouver's Career Services team, paired up with Media Arts senior instructors, helped align some of these expectations by taking students directly to studio environments.
It has been a busy summer, Josie Anderson – Career Services – explains. "In a very short period of time students have visited Digital Domain, Double Negative, MPC, DHX and Rainmaker. These studios are big supporters of LCV programs, constantly attending the school's portfolio shows and hiring our graduates on a regular basis. As LCV alumni presence increases overtime in the industry, we should expect a snowball effect with program advisory participation, guest speakers and more".
Double Negative is a leading provider of visual effects for film with offices in Vancouver, London, and Mumbai. Recent work includes Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, Interstellar, Alice Through The Looking Glass, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
MPC (MOVING PICTURE COMPANY)
MPC is a leader in visual effects for over 25 years and counting, with facilities in Vancouver, London, Los Angeles, Bangalore, New York, Montreal, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Paris. Some of their most famous projects include blockbuster movies such as The Jungle Book, The Martian, the Harry Potter franchise, and the X-Men movies.
DHX is a leading creator of children's content, they produce quality 2D and 3D animation for audiences from preschoolers to teens. DHX has fully-integrated studios located coast-to-coast, employing some of Canada’s most creative talents in 2D and 3D animation. Some of their recent work includes Inspector Gadget, Slugterra, Kate & Mim-Mim, My Little Pony, and The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show.
Rainmaker is a Vancouver-based media entertainment company which provides a work environment that fuels imagination, encourages inventive approaches to development and provides advanced technology solutions – all in the pursuit of producing high quality, engaging entertainment. Rainmaker's CG animated feature film portfolio includes Escape from Planet Earth, Bob the Builder, and Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania.
Digital Domain is a large provider of visual effects with the goal of creating transportive experiences that entertain, inform and inspire. They have offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong. Some of their most famous projects appear in films such as Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and recent blockbusters Furious 7 and Deadpool.