Jan Nagel to Rep Switch VFX & Animation in LA

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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

Syfy’s The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes” Episode

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Receives 2017 Hugo Award Nomination

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Toronto Ontario, April 6, 2017 – Switch VFX & Animation congratulates all the inventive artists whose creativity on Syfy’s The Expanse; Leviathan Episode contributed to its nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form at the 2017 Hugo Awards.  Presented annually since 1955, The Hugo Awards are science fictions most prestigious awards, voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), who also administer them. 

Winners will be celebrated during a ceremony at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, August 11, 2017 in Helsinki Finland.  2464 valid nominating ballots were received and counted from the members of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Science Fiction Conventions.  The final round of voting will open shortly and will close on July 15, 2017. 

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards were announced online April 4th.  The video of the announcement is available on YouTube. 

Nominations: https://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2017-hugo-awards/

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

Winter 2017 E-Newsletter

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Exciting Awards news to start the New Year

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George of the Jungle Season 2, co-produced with August Media Holdings in partnership with Dreamworks Animation and Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment network was recognized as the Best in 2D Animation at the 21st Asian Television Awards.

In addition, TMT News, an online magazine and newsletter offering the latest information across the three key sectors of Technology, Media and Telecom awarded Switch VFX & Animation Most Innovative in Visual Effects Design.

Finally, we congratulate all our creative partners for work on Syfy’s The Expanse; Salvage Episode for its nomination of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode by the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industrys professional global honorary society.

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In more exciting award news we are incredibly proud to announce five different Switch VFX & Animation Student Award Programs to help aspiring artists pursue their passion in animation and digital visual effects.  Students can access the qualifications on their school websites for awards in Spring 2017.

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

Syfy’s The Expanse; Salvage Episode

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Recognized by Visual Effects Society with Award Nomination

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Toronto Ontario, January 12, 2017 – Switch VFX & Animation congratulates all inventive artists on Syfy’s The Expanse; Salvage Episode for its nomination of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode by the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society.

Winners will be celebrated February 7, 2017 at the 15th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration which recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games as well as the VFX Supervisors, VFX Producers and hands on artists who bring this work to life.

Nominations list: https://www.visualeffectssociety.com/post/15th-annual-ves-awards-nominees

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.  Visit the Switch website at www.switchent.com