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2022 Switch Scholarship Winners!

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We at Switch Animation & VFX are passionate about our service work, co-production and supporting the education of the next generation of digital artists. Our investment in the industries future starts with scholarships at key Ontario Colleges teaching creativity in animation and visual effects.

 

See the 2022 recipients reels as chosen by their professors. Contact information can be found HERE

 

 

 

 

New kick at a Cinderella story #Sneakerella

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After falling in love with Kira King, the daughter of basketball star and sneaker tycoon Darius King, an aspirant Queens sneaker designer gains the confidence to pursue his dream of becoming a professional sneaker designer with the help of his best friend, Sami, and his Fairy Godfather. (Credit IMDB)

 

Check out this Original Movie streaming on DisneyPlus May 13th!

 

Inspiring Toronto Students to Animate with xoTO Schools

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Partnering to create opportunities for a career in Animation with Switch Animation, The Animation Lounge & xoTO Schools.

 

 

The City of Toronto, in collaboration with the local screen industry established xoTO Schools, a pilot program with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to enable enhanced access for location shooting at TDSB properties. xoTO Schools also created interactive education opportunities for high school students in a variety of areas of the film industry that includes co-op placements and workshops. Pete Denomme, CEO/EP at Switch Animation saw this as an area to pursue with the City of Toronto as his companies guiding principles include animation, education and inspiration. As such, Switch Animation, host and main sponsor of the Animation Lounge is proud to work with xoTO Schools to provide hands-on workshops to inspire students towards a career in Animation.

 

The first workshop of 2022 will be held March 23, 2022.

Check out FROM…because one wrong turn can change your life.

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Premiering February 20th on EPIX, FROM unravels the mystery of a nightmarish town that traps all those who enter. As the unwilling residents search for a way out, they must also survive the threats of the forest including the terrifying creatures that come out at night.  This American science fiction-horror television series was created and written by John Griffin and executive produced by the Russo brothers. Visual Effects, Switch VFX.

 

 

Projects of Purpose Shine at Switch

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Decades of passion for animation and visual effects have led us to produce incredible service work for worldwide clients and inventive original IP. Our experience, partnerships and connections have also allowed us the chance to invest our time, money and creative talent into what we consider projects of purpose. Opportunities that as a studio you come across or create that you know are going to make a difference in someone’s world. Our leadership and artists become so inspired by the importance of these projects that we deliver some of our best work – and this passion, creativity and excitement stays in the studio long after the project is completed.

 

Our most recent impactful production premiered in U.S. theatres in October. KOATI is the story of three unlikely heroes, a free-spirited coati, a fearless monarch butterfly and a hyperactive glass frog who embark on an exciting journey to prevent a wicked coral snake played by Sophia Vergara from destroying their land. This film partnered with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in a united effort to develop a comprehensive and powerful communication and education strategy to promote more sustainable lifestyles. A critical undertaking given that most of the animals and habitats in the film are on the verge of extinction. KOATI’s message is that “together we can save nature, and in turn we will discover that nature will save us”.

 

 

The Perfect Project, An Animated Short Film about Autism was adapted from an endearing book of the same name by author, professor, TEDx speaker and award-winning psychologist Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD. The film expresses to children what autism is in a simple, direct and honest way with the critical underlying themes of understanding and acceptance. The team on the film included voice actors and animators on the autism spectrum as well as a behavior therapist. The lead character Charlie, faces many situations that classmates untouched autism takes for granted – he is portrayed as a “spectrum superhero” as the story highlights his many gifts.

 

 

A first of its kind production, the story and characters of ZOUA came directly from the imaginations of an incredible group of children in Switzerland facing the world of cancer. ZOUA is a special boy who lives on a deserted island, and although he is great friends with the local animals, he longs more than anything to live where he can play with other children. Premiering in late 2018 in Porrentruy, Switzerland (where the children reside) during a charity event for the AJAFEC (Association for families with kids battling cancer) the film was used as a tool to raise money for associations affiliated with cancer support and research while raising awareness of childhood cancer. ZOUA went on to play film festivals and events worldwide.

 

Today, #GivingTuesday we encourage all of you to give in whatever way you feel best serves your passion. We have chosen to inspire, educate and entertain.

Article first appeared on LinkedIn HERE

 

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