Switch Gets Behind Animation Lounge Education Platform

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By Mercedes Milligan

Published on February 11, 2019

Toronto-based Switch Animation has come on board as host and main sponsor of the Animation Lounge, a new education resource built to advance the careers and passions of students, all professionals and the public who are interested in the animation process from concept to publication, by offering training on the rapidly changing software and hardware technology for the industry.

The Animation Lounge is the passion project of Sonya Carey, a 25-year technical production expert whose first step is to launch a series of day long workshops, from the Switch offices.

“We will be a unique learning environment; each attendee of a workshop will produce a short film by the end of their session. This hands-on experience is meant to help them refine their skills, add to their portfolio or start their career as a YouTube sensation in a fun, no pressure atmosphere,” explained Carey.

“Sonya and I have the same goals,” said Pete Denomme, CEO/Executive Producer of Switch Animation. “We both love our industry and are driven to help make it better. Sponsoring and supporting the Animation Lounge is a natural adjunct to the Switch Scholarship program started three years ago. I see it as a compliment to student learning and a great opportunity for my fellow studio owners to advance their artists and their studios. If we all raise our game, the Canadian industry wins.”

Learn more at www.switchent.com.

Article as originally seen in Animation Magazine

The Animation Lounge: Enhanced Animator Education

By | Press

Supported by Switch Animation

 


Toronto Ontario, February 11, 2019 – Switch Animation is proud to announce today their status as host and main sponsor of the Animation Lounge, a new education resource built to advance the careers and passions of students, all professionals and the public who are interested in the animation process from concept to publication, by offering training on the rapidly changing software and hardware technology for the industry.

The Animation Lounge is the passion project of Sonya Carey, a 25-year technical production expert whose first step is to launch a series of day long workshops, from the Switch offices. Ms. Carey defines her workshops by saying “We will be a unique learning environment; each attendee of a workshop will produce a short film by the end of their session. This hands-on experience is meant to help them refine their skills, add to their portfolio or start their career as a You Tube sensation in a fun, no pressure atmosphere”

In addition to the workshops offered, the Animation Lounge will be launching a website with assets like training videos, live chat where questions can be asked and answered, a schedule of events, work of featured artists, consultation, recruitment and related articles to reference.

“Sonya and I have the same goals” said Pete Denomme, CEO/Executive Producer of Switch Animation. “We both love our industry and are driven to help make it better. Sponsoring and supporting the Animation Lounge is a natural adjunct to the Switch Scholarship program started 3 years ago. I see it as a compliment to student learning and a great opportunity for my fellow studio owners to advance their artists and their studios. If we all raise our game, the Canadian industry wins”.

HIRING: VFX Compositor Intermediate/Senior

By | Job Postings

We are searching for an experienced VFX Compositor to join our team.


Responsibilities:
• Responsible for creating high quality digital composites and visual effects
• Take shots from start to finish and working elements generated by others to create more complex scenes
• Taking briefs and direction from VFX supervisors to complete assigned shots
• Integrate the various layers or elements of a live-action shot
• Follow production process and develop creative approaches and problem-solving
• Ability to work closely with visual effects supervisors and producers
• Work with creative team to ensure shots are delivered to the very highest standard
• Take lead in problem solving

Requirements:
• 4+ years’ experience a must
• College diploma in visual effect compositing
• Must have knowledge working with 4K files
• Must have film, grain, colour, rotoscopting and 2D tracking experience
• Must have in depth knowledge of the tools available in Nuke
• Must have knowledge of working in 3D space with Nuke
• Must have knowledge of working with 3D cameras and projection systems within Nuke
• 3D tracking skill with Nuke, Syntheyes or PFtrack
• Must have a keen eye for detail, composition, light and color to create photo real scenes
• Must be able to take direction and work well in a fast paced environment
• Solid knowledge of current art techniques and willingness to learn and adapt to new skills/tools
• Ability to apply design principles in producing graphic arts reflecting instruction and guideline with a minimum supervision
• Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills for multi-tasking in a dynamic working environment

We appreciate the time taken by all applicants, however due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee a reply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Portfolios and extra materials will not be returned or kept on file, but may be brought in for interview purposes if necessary.

Job Location:
Switch VFX
128 Sterling Road, Suite 301
Toronto, ON M6R 2B7

POSITION TYPE:
Permanent, Full-Time
40 hours per week

We thank you for your interest; however, please take note that we will be contacting only those candidates that have been selected for the next steps.

Please submit your resume and link to portfolio by email to [email protected]

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival to feature Zoua

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Toronto Ontario, November 14, 2018 – Switch VFX & Animation and Artistes Pour Rêver are pleased to announce that their unique animated short Zoua will be among the first shown at this year’s Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival.

A first of its kind production, the story and characters of the film come direct from the imaginations of an inspired group of ten children in Switzerland who are facing the world of cancer. Their story 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.

For more information on Artistes Pour Rêver and ZOUA click HERE

For more information on the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival click HERE

For more information on production partner ASI Studios click HERE

Fall 2018 E-Newsletter

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Nightflyers on all Platforms

Check out some visual effects work from Switch VFX in the upcoming Netflix/Syfy thriller Nightflyers premiering on Syfy December 2nd with all episodes available on all platforms.

This chilling psychological series is based on the novella from author George R.R. Martin and follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard the Nightflyer—a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain—in the hope of making contact with alien life.

Children Fighting Cancer Create ZOUA

This first of its kind animated short brings to life a story and characters conceived by a group of 10 children in Switzerland currently battling cancer. The Film centers on a young hero named Zoua, a special boy who lives on a deserted island. Even though he is great friends with the local animals he longs more than anything to live where he can play with other children.

Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Switch Scholarship Program Winners

 

Once again the Switch Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to deserving students at six Ontario Colleges so they can pursue their talent and dreams. Check out our website HERE to view their work and contact them by email .

Congratulations to award winners:

Travis Paciocco – Seneca
Aashay Meshram – Sheridan
Mikaela Coulter – St. Clair
Michael Deng – Centennial
Melissa Xu – Algonquin
Nicole Emmanouil – Conestoga

 

 

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.

Follow us @artistepourrever

For Media Inquiries contact: Tiziana Giammarino, Producer @[email protected]

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
Follow us @vfx_animation
Like us @SwitchVFXandAnimation

For Media Inquiries contact:
Anne Denomme, Marketing & Communication @ 416-578-0017 OR [email protected]

Spring 2018 E-Newsletter

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Distributed April 6, 2018

The Expanse Returns April 11th

Excited for season three of The Expanse returning to television April 11th.  Check out the trailer to see otherworldly shots worked on by the talented team at Switch VFX.

 

Coming Soon Tilda Appleseed

Tilda is a charming animated adventure series about friendship and problem solving for preschoolers based on the beloved German children’s book series, Tilda Appleseed by Andreas H. Schmachtl.  You will be impressed with the quality of the storytelling, the characters (led by the very spirited and imaginative Tilda) and the calm, warm, storybook – like art design and animation style.

Conestoga College Scholarship

Switch VFX & Animation is pleased to announce the creation of an Animation Scholarship at Conestoga College, adding to our 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.

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.

Switch VFX & Animation Extends Scholarship to Conestoga College

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Pete Denomme

Pete Denomme

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)

[email protected]  (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/

Follow us @vfx_animation

Like us @SwitchVFXandAnimation