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

 

 

Most Innovative in Visual Effects Design – Canada

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Toronto, Ontario, December 15, 2016 – TMT News proudly announced today that Switch VFX & Animation has won the TMT News 2016 Entertainment Award for Most Innovative in Visual Effects Design.

TMT News (United Kingdom) is an online magazine and newsletter offering the latest information across the three key sectors of Technology, Media and Telecom.

In today’s press release Jessie Wilson, Awards Co-ordinator was quoted as saying “Entertainment is important to everyone and we all have different tastes, meaning companies have to work hard to appeal to as many clients as possible.  Through the awards programme we have turned the spotlight on the dedicated firms and those working behind the scenes within them who are providing quality, informative content.”

Click HERE for the TMT News Press Release

About US: Switch VFX & 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, DreamWorkds 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

 

 

George Saves the Day!

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Winning at 21st Annual Asian Television Awards

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Toronto Ontario, December 1, 2016 – Switch VFX & Animation is proud to announce George of the Jungle Season 2 was recognized as the Best in 2D Animation at the 21st Asian Television Awards.  The Asian TV Industry’s most significant and celebrated event recognizing excellence in programming, productions and performance.

George of the Jungle Season 2 is co-produced by Switch VFX & Animation (Toronto) and August Media Holdings (Singapore) in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment network which airs the series in Canada.

Link to award listing: https://www.asiantvawards.com/winners/2016-winners/

About Us: Switch VFX & 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 form 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.

Two nominations for George of the Jungle Season 2

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21st Annual Asian Television Awards

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Toronto Ontario, November 21, 2016 – The Asian TV industry’s most significant and celebrated event recognizing excellence in programming, production and performance, the 21st Asian Television Awards has acknowledged animated favorite George of the Jungle Season 2 with nominations in two exciting categories. Best Children’s Programme and Best 2D Animated Programme.

George of the Jungle Season 2 is co-produced by Switch VFX & Animation (Toronto) and August Media Holdings (Singapore), in partnership with Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment network, which airs the series in Canada.

Link to all nominees: https://www.asiantvawards.com/2016-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

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