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 @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
Follow us @vfx_animation
Like us @SwitchVFXandAnimation

For Media Inquiries contact:
Anne Denomme, Marketing & Communication @ 416-578-0017 OR anne@switchent.com

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)

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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Like us @SwitchVFXandAnimation

3D Generalists (Maya) – Switch VFX

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Switch VFX is looking for an experienced intermediate level 3D Generalist who will join our team in executing feature and series work. Please note, only applicants living and working in Ontario will be considered.


If you are interested please attach a link to your demo reel and a CV show reel. Please contact info@switchent.com.

REQUIREMENTS

Modeling: Create high quality 3D assets according to established art direction of each episode
Attention to detail and ability to create photo real scenes
A strong eye for detail
Must be experienced primarily in Maya  but also Vray, Z brush, Photoshop (Hres texture mapping)
Ability to work collaboratively with artists and take direction from supervisors
Strong communication skills, experience in a production environment
Understands 3D workflow and compositing requirements
Technical and aesthetic problem solving required
Graduate of 3D computer animation, visual effects program with strong portfolio
Self-motivated, enthusiastic and good time management skills

VFX Compositor – Switch VFX

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Switch VFX is looking for Nuke compositors to join our team.  We are looking for artists who are good problem solvers and work well with others.  This role will be responsible for taking shots from start to finish, as well as working elements generated by others to create more complex scenes.  Please note, only applicants living and working in Ontario will be considered.

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If you are interested please attach a link to your demo reel and a CV showreel. Please contact info@switchent.com.

REQUIREMENTS

– Attention to detail and ability to create photo real scenes
– Ability to work with a team to create seamless sequences
– Must be organized and all comps are streamlined
– Ability to be adaptable and solve problems with varied approaches
– Must be willing to learn new skills/tools
– Basic compositing skills a must: Film grain, color, rotoscoping and 2D tracking experience are essential.
– Must have in depth knowledge of the tools available in Nuke
– 3D tracking skill with Nuke, Syntheyes or PFtrack
– Must have knowledge of working in 3D space with nuke
– Must have knowledge of working with 3D cameras and projection systems within Nuke.

Additional Skills:

– Experience working on Television or Film
– Experience with particle systems within Nuke a plus
– Nuke script writing skills an asset
– Experience in other compositing platforms (Fusion or After Effects)

VFX Coordinator – Switch VFX

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Switch VFX is looking for a production coordinator to work on exciting projects in both television and feature films

Start date: immediately
End date: TBD (long term)
Term of employment: full-time in-house
Salary: based on experience

Job Responsibilities
The coordinator will be assisting with managing the production and will be responsible for tracking all the incoming and outgoing assets and scenes; liaise with clients when needed; sitting in on reviews and ensuring all the notes are assigned and address in due time. The coordinator will also be responsible for all the data management (tracking shots, scenes, imputing information in tracking software etc.), as well as processing and sending footage.

Job Requirements
– Must be an Ontario resident
– Prior production experience as coordinator is a plus
– Understanding of film-making process, pipeline (vfx and digital animation)
– Must be familiar with Shotgun software
– Knowledge of Filemaker Pro is a plus
– Must have some experience with After Effects
– Experience with Nuke or Maya a plus
– Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills a must
– Must be willing and eager to learn new skills
– Must be familiar with different file transfer methods (FTP, WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc)

About the Studio
Switch is a company consisting of Animation and VFX division, both with over a decade of work under its belt. Check out our work at www.switchent.com

The studio is located just off Dundas and Lansdowne (free parking, street-car access #306, 505, 506; nearby Bloor GO Station and Dundas West Subway station).

Applying
Please submit your resume and references to opportunities@switchent.com. No walk-ins or phone calls please. Only those being considered will be contacted for interview. Thank you in advance for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon!