Northern Rescue: VFX Shots by Switch VFX

By | Media Bulletin

Northern Rescue premieres on CBC September 18th!  Take a look at this family drama filmed right here in Ontario.

IMDB describes the story-line as follows:

After the death of his wife Sarah, John West (Baldwin) packs up his three children and transports them from their hectic urban life to his small northern hometown to take command of the local search-and-rescue service. Once there, the family struggles with their new surroundings, new friends, and accepting Sarah’s death. The children’s aunt (Robertson), helps them and John heal as she copes with the loss of her sister and her desire to have her own family. The series from Don Carmody Television (DCTV) was created by David Cormican, Dwayne Hill and Mark Bacci. Production took place in and around Parry Sound in northern Ontario. David Cormican served as the series showrunner. Executive Producers include Don Carmody, David Cormican, Dwayne Hill, Bradley Walsh, Billy Baldwin, and Mark Bacci.

Watch the trailer here:

Fall 2019 Dates Announced for Animation Lounge Workshops

By | Media Bulletin

The Animation Lounge, an education resource hosted and sponsored by Switch VFX & Animation has announced their Fall 2019 Workshop dates.  The platform, built to advance the careers and passions of students, professionals and the public who are interested in the animation process from concept to publication.  We offer training on the rapidly changing software and hardware technology for the industry.

Fall Dates

September 21

October 19

November 16

December 7th

Click HERE to Register

Summer 2019 E-Newsletter

By | E-Newsletter

Two Talents. One Switch.

The Visual Effects and Animation communities are constantly undergoing radical changes, so you should work with a studio who moves both industries forward by combining their unique, yet complimentary skills.

Our Focus
Service, Co-production and Education.

First and foremost we transform great ideas into impactful imagery using both leading edge 2D/3D animation and inventive visual effects. Our most recent work can be seen in the series Northern Rescue, currently streaming on Netflix and CBC, The Expanse on Amazon Prime, the Welcome to the Wayne animated webisodes and fan favorite George of the Jungle. Projects in our pipeline include Altered Carbon, Season 2 for Netflix, the recently announced SAW film for Lionsgate with Chris Rock and the independent feature starring Gabriel Byrne entitled Death of a Ladies Man.

Second, we look for intriguing storylines and cooperative partners who we can collaborate with to create compelling content like the recently produced animated Festival Short, ZOUA.

Finally, we work diligently to inspire and cultivate the next generation of talented digital artists by investing heavily in the education platform the Animation Lounge and the Switch Scholarship programs at five major Ontario colleges.

Lets talk about how we can work together
Ask to see our demo reel to review our best work

Email [email protected] for more information

 

 

American Hangman: VFX from Switch VFX

By | Media Bulletin

Binge a thriller this summer starring the legendary Donald Sutherland

The IMDB story line summary reads as follows:

An unidentified man posts a live feed on social media showing that he has kidnapped two strangers and intends to kill one before the day is out. His intention is to hold a capital “trial” online. As the authorities recognize what’s happening, it becomes apparent that the online public is going to act as judge and jury.

Watch the trailer!

 

Switch Gets Behind Animation Lounge Education Platform

By | Press

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