Image Engine – World Class Visual Effects & Animation

Based in Vancouver, Image Engine is a world-class visual effects studio with a portfolio that reflects involvement from the very first stages of production including concept design, pre-visualization, and supervision, all the way to post-production with services that range from computer-generated animation and compositing, to explosive volumetric digital effects.

Getting its start in the industry as the offspring of the early digital video post-production environment of the mid-1990’s, Image Engine has established itself as a leader in creature design and animation. Best known for its Academy Award Nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has managed the entire visual effects services of numerous notable films, including Straight Outta ComptonZero Dark Thirty and Elysium.

As Vancouver’s longest standing independent visual effects company, Image Engine continues to be a driving force in the local visual effects community while growing its capacity for other creative output such as complex digital environment work.

 

The Young Actors Project – Inspiring People Through Stories

Prior to founding The Young Actors Project, Robert Randall worked in the film and television industry for 15 years, primarily in the role of First Assistant Director. Robert’s unwavering passion for screenwriting and filmmaking lead him to establish The Young Actors Project, which initially started by providing acting workshops for young artists. These workshops were used to produce short movies featuring student actors, which eventually over the years, gained recognition from fans around the world.

With time, The Young Actors Project propelled beyond just an acting school and

has achieved enormous success on YouTube as a platform to share independent ultra-low budget film projects. With a mission to hit 1 million YouTube subscribers by the summer of 2018, The Young Actors Project shares stories that have touched the lives of young people and inspired them to show courage.

The Young Actors Project also provides drama workshops to B.C. students in elementary and middle schools, exposing the art of acting to approximately 30,000 kids each year.

Check out two of The Young Actors Project’s most recent films that are part of a series based on fairy tales and set in a contemporary high school.

The Girl Without a Phone – A Cinderella Story

The Girl Without a Phone 2 – A Frog Princess Story

Dan Burgar- Archiact

A man of many talents with a knack for wearing two hats.

Dan Burgar Business Director of Development and Partnership at Archiact and the President of the VR/AR Association put on his first VR headset in 2015 and was awestruck. It was as simple cooking and cleaning game, but he was hooked and believed that this technology was going to change the world.

And he was right!

A tight-knit group of artists, designers, and engineers, Archiact is currently leading the world in the way of VR/AR and is one of the largest VR/AR studios with over 90+ employees. When Archiact was first founded in 2013, they specialized in developing mobile virtual reality games. Today, they are one of the world’s largest virtual reality studios – providing excellence in virtual reality entertainment enterprise and practical VR/AR applications, products and games across several platforms.

Recognizing that Dan as the Business Director at Archiact had incredible potential he was approached by the VR/AR association and started the Vancouver chapter. After 1 year at the helm, Vancouver is one of the top VR/AR destinations. 

As Vancouver is turning into a global hub, Archiact remains extremely well positioned within the industry to continue to grow and lead the world in various new program developments. Moving into the future Archiact continues to be committed to virtual and augmented reality being a central part of every home, business, and organization in the world. Soon to be released is Schema– a design VR application that is useful to design architects working right now in the industry. Check it out!

 

Mediacon Summit Vancouver

The inaugural Summit will take place on 9th of November at Pan Pacific Hotel and Various Locations though-out the city. Mediacon will encompass a High-level Daytime Summit & Market focusing on The Future of the Canadian Television and Content Industry and International financing and co-production .

Creative BC Vice President, Robert Wong will be a speaking on the subject of what’s next for Canadian Television Content and the Content Industries both in Canada and Globally.

The Evening of the 9th of November will see the Inaugural Mediacon Canadian Television Dinner take place. This will be a Gala Dinner celebrating Canadian Contribution to Global Television and Content and will honour a Canadian individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of Global Television.

Date: 9th of November 2017

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver

Links and Social Media

Twitter: @mediaconsummit.com
Hashtag #mediaconvan
Main Site: www.mediaconsummit.com

Enterprising Culture

For the first time ever—in Vancouver on November 2nd and 3rd, 2017, at the Centre for Digital Media and the Emily Carr University for Art + Design, high-level Canadian and French influencers in the creative and cultural sectors will discuss the economic, cultural, and social impact of immersive technologies in their industries. Enterprising Culture is an international meeting that provides opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between Canadian and French stakeholders and start-ups from the worlds of culture, creative, and media industries.

This edition focuses on start-ups and companies working in Immersive Technologies (VR/AR,  MR, 3D display, Holographic experience, etc) with a program designed to showcase new digital technologies (hardwares and softwares) and innovative content producers from both countries for two days of conversation, panel discussions, presentations and demos.

When: Thursday, 2 November 2017 at 3:15 PM  – to – Friday, 3 November 2017 at 8:00 PM

Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design & Centre for Digital Media, Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC V5T 0C6.

(Parking available, Translink VCC Skytrain or Bus #84)

For more information on Enterprising Culture, please visit:

http://enterprisingculture.com/

 

Dancing Line Productions

 

Dancing Line Productions is an award-winning animation studio based in Vancouver, Canada, and lead by Anik Rosenblum, their Creative Director, and Owner. Dancing Line specializes in creative high-quality 2D animations for small scale productions: TV commercials, promotional, educational and music videos using traditional hand-drawn technique.

Dancing Line Production was founded in 2008 by director/ animator Anik Rosenblum, who after working on a number of large productions, recognized he had a desire to do something more fresh and creative and was looking to create opportunities to explore a variety of styles and techniques. The Dancing Line team is always trying new ideas, and continuously looking to find effective visual ways to deliver a message, and create expressive movement that generates emotion through their animation. One of their pieces has received well over 10 million views, which had made them feel truly appreciated and valued in the world of animation.

Currently they are focusing on completing animation for a national TV campaign for a Toronto based company.

Website: www.dancinglineproductions.com

Twitter: @DancingLine

 

ATOMIC CARTOONS

Rob Davies, Director of Development at Atomic Cartoons

The studio was founded in early 1999 by four animation artists: Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller, and Rob Davies. Atomic Cartoons came about by being at the right place at the right time.

Rob was working at Warner Bros TV Animation in Los Angeles in 1998 when a fellow director asked him if he knew of any animation studios in Vancouver that might be interested in taking on the pre-production of 26 episodes of a series. Rob’s three-year contract was coming to an end at Warner Bros, so with the 26 episodes in hand- he spoke with Trevor, Mauro, and Olaf and they decided to literally open a studio to accommodate the production. The four of them, with help from Mauro’s wife, Nancy, as production manager, literally did all the work themselves for the first month until they received their first cheque from the client. It was then that they were able to hire some actual staff and spread the workload out! That particular production opened the doors to many gigs from there on out.

In 2004 Atomic Cartoons co-produced their own series, Atomic Betty which ended up airing in 120 countries and ran for three seasons. The series was based on a female protagonist, Atomic Betty, named of course after the studio, and still remains the “studio mascot”.

In 2010, Olaf exited and Rob Simmons joined the company as a partner and missing piece to complete the Atomic team. In 2012, Jenn McCarron (who is now company president) joined the Atomic Cartoons executive team, bringing with her extensive production experience (and incredible people skills) and knowledge of the CGI pipeline and processes. With crucial key people in place, the studio was able to expand to the size and scale you see today.

As a studio, Atomic has been nominated numerous times for Leo Awards, Gemini Awards, and even a British Academy Award.

Recently they won at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards with their preschool co-production, Beat Bugs, and picked up a win at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Check out the new Minecraft series launched last week, with over 1 million hits already this is on its way to being another national favourite.

BARDEL ENTERTAINMENT

 

The word “Bardel” comes from the names of its founders, Barry Ward and Delna Bhesania. Founded in 1987 and with over 13 awards credited to the name, Bardel is the leading animation service provider in North America. With over 30 years of creativity within the entertainment industry, Delna and Barry have forged long-term working relationships with some of Canada’s top creative talent and with international clients and partners.

Most recently Bardel has partnered with Italy’s Rainbow, who acquired them in 2015 to bring series 44 Cats to life. 44 Cats, currently in production, has taken a popular Italian song and adapted it into a series. The 52 x 11-minute animation series follows a group of felines that act like humans when no actual humans are around. True to its musical roots, pop-rock songs will be employed to help teach preschoolers tolerance, diversity and social-emotional skills, and will premiere in the fall of 2018.

Mythical City Games & LNG Studios Collaborate to Create a VR Experience Like No Other!

Vancouver based companies, Mythical City Games, an indie VR video game developer, and LNG Studios, a video production company, have collaborated to create a VR experience unlike anything else in the VR market today! If you are a fan of Simcity and VR, you will definitely want to checkout Skytropolis, a new vertical mega city building game where players must balance an economy and sustainability.

An early creator of VR content, Mythical City Games is pushing the frontier of VR development by designing multi-platform immersive experiences for both internal and external IPs. Some of their most notable titles include, Snow Fortress, Battle Fleet and Tippy Tree.

The collaboration between Mythical City Games and LNG Studios was a natural one, as LNG Studios is a leading creative visualization agency specializing in virtual reality, architecture and more recently even real estate. LNG Studios is truly an expert in the VR realm and was one of the early adopters of VR, making the leap from traditional 3D rendering.

Skytropolis is set to be released on November 2nd on Steam for the Rift and Vive, as well as PC (non-VR)