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Inspired Children Battling Cancer Create their First Film

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ZOUA – A One-of-a Kind Production

Toronto, Ontario September 19, 2018 – Artistes Pour Rêver and Switch VFX & Animation are proud to announce completion of the animated short film entitled “ZOUA”. A first of its kind production, the story and characters of the film come direct from the imaginations of an incredible group of children in Switzerland who are facing the world of cancer.

Premiering September 22nd in Porrentruy, Switzerland (where the kids are from) during a charity event for the AJAFEC (Association for families with kids battling cancer) the film will be used as a tool to raise money for associations affiliated with cancer support and research while raising awareness of childhood cancer. “Our greatest hope is that “ZOUA” will inspire hospitals and organizations to provide more creative activities for children who are battling cancer and other diseases” says Artistes Pour Rêver Producer Tiziana Giammarino. “We were thrilled to be able to use the power of film to provide moments of escape and surround these brave children with magic and a world where everything is possible”

The story, envisioned by an inspired group of ten children follows the adventures of their hero “ZOUA”, a special boy who lives on a deserted island and though he is great friends with the local animals, he longs more than anything to live where he can play with other children.

“From the beautiful imaginations of these children, through their clever story arc and onto paper with their crayons, we at Switch are honored to have played a small role in bringing this heartwarming project to the screen” reflects Pete Denomme, Executive Producer at Switch VFX & Animation.

An additional charity event is to be held in Los Angeles to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation – date/location to be confirmed.

Link to the trailer can be found HERE

Produced in association with ASI Studios

About: Artistes Pour Rêver (Artists for Dreams) produces short films (Animation or Live Action) with the goal of encouraging the creativity and imagination of children facing the adversity of disease. The purpose is to show that this creativity can bring life to something very beautiful and fun.

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For Media Inquiries contact: Tiziana Giammarino, Producer @tiziana.giamma@gmail.com

About: Switch VFX & Animation is the only award-winning, artist owned, boutique Canadian studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept development to final delivery for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids.

Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com
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For Media Inquiries contact:
Anne Denomme, Marketing & Communication @ 416-578-0017 OR anne@switchent.com

Switch VFX & Animation Extends Scholarship to Conestoga College

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Switch VFX & Animation has announced the creation of an Animation Scholarship at Conestoga College, adding to its roster of Ontario partner schools for the annual Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship Awards. The Kitchener campus joins Algonquin College, Centennial College, Seneca College, Sheridan College and St. Clair College.

Conestoga’s new two-year Animation diploma inspires students to use their creative talent to blend drawing, animation and production techniques with strong storytelling skills to create a variety of 2D and 3D animations. “This award is a great way to showcase our Animation program and support the students,” commented Todd Jahnke, Coordinator, Media & Design (Animation).

“The addition of a sixth scholarship to our talent development program increases Switch’s opportunity to help animation driven college students in the pursuit of their dreams while continuing to grow the much-needed number of skilled and creative digital artists in Canada,” said Pete Denomme, Sheridan Alumni and CEO/Executive Producer at Switch.

The visual effects and animation industry has grown over 300% since 2011, employing more than 7,000 artists and contributing over $400 million in revenue to the province, according to the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario — of which Denomme is a board member.

Qualifications for the Switch Award scholarships can be found on the schools’ websites or by contacting their program directors.

As seen in Animation Magazine February 9th

Increasing investment in the future of Animation

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Switch VFX & Animation adds Conestoga College to Scholarship Awards

Toronto Ontario, January 30, 2018 – Today the team at Switch VFX & Animation is pleased to announce the creation of an Animation Scholarship at Conestoga College, adding to their roster of annual Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship Awards, which currently includes investment at Algonquin College, Centennial College, Seneca College, Sheridan College and St. Clair College.

Conestoga’s new two-year Animation diploma inspires students to use their creative talent to blend drawing, animation and production techniques with strong storytelling skills to create a variety of 2D and 3D animations.   Todd Jahnke, Coordinator, Media & Design (Animation) is excited by the Switch opportunity saying “This award is a great way to showcase our Animation program and support the students”

“The addition of a 6th scholarship to our talent development program increases Switch’s opportunity to help animation driven college students in the pursuit of their dreams while continuing to grow the much-needed number of skilled and creative digital artists in Canada” says Pete Denomme, Sheridan Alumni and CEO/Executive Producer at Switch.

According to the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario, of which Denomme is a board member, the visual effects and animation industry has grown over 300% since 2011 employing more than 7000 artists and contributing over $400 million in revenue to Ontario.

Qualifications for each Switch award can be viewed on school websites or by contacting school program directors.

Conestoga College Contact:  Todd Jahnke, Coordinator, Media & Design (Animation)

tjahnke@conestogac.on.ca  (519) 748-5220 ext. 3358

About Us: Switch VFX & Animation is an award-winning, artist owned Canadian studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept development to final delivery for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids.

Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com

Scholarship Winners Page https://www.switchent.com/scholarship/

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Jan Nagel to Rep Switch VFX & Animation in LA

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Jan Nagel

Pete Denomme, CEO and Executive Producer of Switch VFX & Animation, has confirmed the appointment of entertainment marketing pro Jan Nagel as the company’s local representative for production facilities and studios in the Los Angeles Area. “Expanding the team to include Jan has already reaped rewards” he said. “We needed boots on the ground in LA to ensure Switch, our properties and our capabilities are top of mind. Jan’s connections, expertise and passion made her the right choice for us.”

Branding herself as the “Entertainment Marketing Diva,” Nagel is also a noted speaker, author and educator who has worked extensively with award-winning feature film and television studios, representing animation studios from around the world, as well as animation content creators. She is a founding member and president emeritus of Women in Animation International, an active member of ASIFA-Hollywood and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and has been teaching for over 14 years at many universities, including Otis College of Art and Design and Santa Monica College.

“I am honored to be representing Switch Animation,” said Nagel. “With Pete’s vast experience and under his guidance, Switch is an artist-driven Canadian studio whose superior expertise in 2D is in high demand. The work they are currently doing is some of the best I have ever seen.”

Nagel and Denomme will both be on-site at MIPCOM next month. More information on Switch can be found at switchent.com.

Article originally appeared in Animation Magazine September 13, 2017

 

Entertainment Marketing Diva to represent Switch VFX & Animation

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Jan Nagel to be the LA Connection

Toronto Ontario, September 13, 2017 – Pete Denomme, CEO/Executive Producer of Switch VFX & Animation today confirmed the appointment of Jan Nagel as the companies’ local representative for production facilities and studios in the Los Angeles area.

Ms. Nagel is energized by her new position stating “I am honored to be representing Switch Animation.  With Pete’s vast experience and under his guidance, Switch is an artist driven Canadian studio whose superior expertise in 2D is in high demand.  The work they are currently doing is some of the best I have ever seen.”

Branding herself as the Entertainment Marketing Diva, Jan is also a noted speaker, author and educator having worked extensively with award winning feature film and television studios representing animation studios from around the world, as well as animation content creators.   She is a founding member and president emeritus of Women in Animation International, an active member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has been teaching for over 14 years at many universities, including Otis College of Art and Design and Santa Monica College.

“Expanding the team to include Jan has already reaped rewards” says Pete Denomme. “We needed boots on the ground in LA to ensure Switch, our properties and our capabilities are top of mind.  Jan’s connections, expertise and passion made her the right choice for us.”

Both executives will be networking at MIPCOM in October and are scheduling meetings via email at jannagel@myexcel.com and peted@switchent.com.

Animation Therapy: Creating Classic Characters with Fast Elegance

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By: Henry Hagerty, Creative Quarterback, Think Bank Inc., henryhagerty@gmail.com

 

Welcome to a great combination of the past and future from Switch VFX and Animation Studios working for Nice Shoes Studios.  Switch’s EP and founder Pete Denomme was presented a unique challenge by Nice Shoes’ Creative Director Harry Dorrington: create classic Disney character animation in less than four weeks on a limited budget.

 

After Harry created the initial characters, the first critical step was to create a very specific shooting board with the Nice Shoes team, which showed where each character was in each frame.  Pete then had a team of his finest traditional Disney animators do their magic with pencil and paper in less than two weeks.  He scanned their organic work frame by frame and finished ink and paint in the remaining two weeks.  The result was a classic Disney look at a fraction of the usual schedule and budget.

 

We’d like to thank Creative Director Harry Dorrington, E.P. Angela Bowen and CEO Dominic Pandolfino for a most excellent opportunity.  We hope that you enjoy the work.

 

 

Switch VFX & Animation Launches Scholarship Awards

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Five Canadian colleges with outstanding animation and visual effects programs have been chosen to grant the Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship Awards — $1,000 per annum financial endowments to be administered by each administration based on criteria developed in coordination with the Toronto-based studio and outlined for each program.

 

The selected schools, all located in the province of Ontario, are Algonquin College (Ottawa), Centennial College (Toronto), Seneca College (Toronto), St. Clair College (Windsor) and Sheridan College (Toronto).

“We encourage each school to reward a current student with a passion for the work, a well-rounded overall talent, who demonstrates initiative with a collaborative attitude,” said Pete Denomme, Sheridan Alumni and CEO/Executive Producer at Switch. “Cultivating this form of digital artistry is critical to growing our Canadian talent pool and keeping this expressive field alive and thriving. I encourage our colleagues to join us in supporting the future of our industry”.

Details of the Scholarship Awards below. Further inquiries should be directed to school program directors.

Algonquin College – The Switch VFX & Animation Award

Awarded to a student in the Animation Program enrolled in the Faculty of Media and Design who is a team player, hard worker and demonstrates initiative.

Centennial College – The Switch Animation Scholarship

Awarded to a student in their final year of the 3D Animation program who shows academic excellence and is nominated by the instructor. (Student must possess a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in order to qualify.)

Seneca College – Switch Scholarship

Awarded to a third-year student in the 2D Animation stream or the Digital Animation stream of the Animation program. The recipient is a team player who is hardworking and shows initiative. The recipient performs well in animation specific courses or projects.

St. Clair College – Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship

Recipient must be enrolled full time in Animation – 2D/3D Program, must be in the second year of the program, must have a GPA Average of at least 2.0, must be a team player who is hardworking and shows initiative, and shows potential in the well-roundedness of their overall talent.

Sheridan College – Switch VFX & Animation Award

Presented to a student in the Visual Effects program who shows the most potential in the well-roundedness of their overall talent. The student will excel in visual effect

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Article originally appeared in Animation Magazine online February 7, 2017

Switch VFX & Animation Announces Scholarship Awards

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Five Canadian colleges were chosen to receive a financial endowment to support a student studying animation or visual effects.

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TORONTO — After careful consideration, five exceptional Canadian Colleges with stellar animation and visual effects programs have been chosen to grant the Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship Awards. These financial endowments will be administrated by each institution based on requirements developed in coordination with Switch and individually outlined for each program.

“We encourage each school to reward a current student with a passion for the work, a well- rounded overall talent, who demonstrates initiative with a collaborative attitude,” said Pete Denomme, Sheridan Alumni and CEO/Executive Producer at Switch. “Cultivating this form of digital artistry is critical to growing our Canadian talent pool and keeping this expressive field alive and thriving. I encourage our colleagues to join us in supporting the future of our industry.”

Algonquin College

Name: The Switch VFX & Animation Award
Annual Amount: $1000
Criteria: Awarded to a student in the Animation Program enrolled in the Faculty of Media and Design who is a team player, hard worker and demonstrates initiative.

Centennial College
Name: The Switch Animation Scholarship
Annual Amount: $1000
Criteria: Awarded to a student in their final year of the 3D Animation program who shows academic excellence and is nominated by the instructor. (Student must possess a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in order to qualify)

Seneca College
Name: Switch Scholarship
Annual Amount: $1000
Criteria: Awarded to a third-year student in the 2D Animation stream or the Digital Animation stream of the Animation program. The recipient is a team player who is hard working and shows initiative. The recipient performs well in animation specific courses or projects.

St. Clair College
Name: Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship
Annual Amount: $1000
Criteria: must be enrolled full time in Animation – 2D/3D Program, must be in the second year of the program, must have a GPA Average of at least 2.0, must be a team player who is hard working and shows initiative, shows potential in the well roundedness of their overall talent.

Sheridan College
Switch VFX & Animation Award
Annual Amount: $1000
Criteria: Presented to a student in the Visual Effects program who shows the most potential in the well roundedness of their overall talent. The student will excel in visual effects.

Source: Switch VFX & Animation

Investing in Future Animators and Visual Effects Artists

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Switch VFX & Animation Introduces Scholarship Awards

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Toronto Ontario, February 2, 2017 – After careful consideration, five exceptional Canadian Colleges with stellar animation and visual effects programs have been chosen to grant the Switch VFX & Animation Scholarship Awards.  These financial endowments will be administrated by each institution based on requirements developed in coordination with Switch and individually outlined for each program.

“We encourage each school to reward a current student with a passion for the work, a well-rounded overall talent, who demonstrates initiative with a collaborative attitude” says Pete Denomme, Sheridan Alumni and CEO/Executive Producer at Switch. “Cultivating this form of digital artistry is critical to growing our Canadian talent pool and keeping this expressive field alive and thriving.  I encourage our colleagues to join us in supporting the future of our industry”

Qualifications for each award can be viewed on school websites or by contacting school program directors.

About Us: Switch VFX & Animation is an award-winning artist owned Canadian studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept development all the way to final delivery for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids. Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com

Two Talents, One Switch

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New tagline. Same creators.

The new Switch VFX & Animation tagline revealed today showcases the depth of the energized company. Two Talents, One Switch will be seen in the new Fall 2016 trade advertising campaign in both print and online.

Pete Denomme, Executive Producer of both entities is excited by the prospect of offering both talent and opportunity to the global production community from an 8000 square foot contemporary Canadian headquarters stating “We have built a creative powerhouse, unlike any other in Canada that delivers breathtaking visual effects and quality animation to our clients, partners and viewers around the world”

The campaign launches this month in advance of MIPCOM and MIP Junior.

About Us

Switch VFX & Switch Animation is an award-winning artist owned studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept developments all the way to the final deliveries for some of the best names in the industry including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, Dreamworks, and BBC kids. We foster creative excellence, technology innovation, and straightforward communication that reaches the sweet spot between artists and technical specialists.