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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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!

Jan Nagel to Rep Switch VFX & Animation in LA

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Jan Nagel

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.

 

 

Summer 2017 E-Newsletter

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October 2017 sees the return of the SAW franchise with JIGSAW

#VFX by Switch VFX & Jon Campfens!

Check out the trailer to see some of our great work.

Welcome to Wawa Siptopia

Hand Drawn Traditional Animation

Congratulations to our partners on the clever creation of new commercials.  Completed in only 4 weeks the two spots we worked on are hand drawn, traditional animation, scanned and painted in Harmony, composited in Nuke.

Credits: Nice Shoes & Harry Darrington, Creative Director.

Meet the 2017 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to our seven scholarship winners!  We wish them the best of luck pursuing their passion and are excited by the prospect that they are working to advance the field in animated features, shorts and digital opportunities.  It is critical that we support the education of our future digital artists and encourage our colleagues and competitors to do the same.

The demo reels of our winners can be found in the new Scholarship section of our website.

Click HERE to view

Welcome to Wayne premiered on Nickelodeon on July 24th…did you know that we worked on the webisodes that greenlit the series…now you do.  Check it out HERE.

Take a look at our reels to see our work.  VFX & Animation