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Our Team

We are dedicated to developing the best curriculum possible.

We continually meet with Heads of Departments and other Industry professionals including our program advisory committee members to ensure we are teaching you the most relavent and up to date curriculum.

We continually host industry events, including Artist Spotlights, workshops and meetings to expose ourselves and students and to stay more involved in the industry.

Mark Bénard

Mark Bénard

Owner / VFX Educator, Director & Supervisor

Along with shaping the direction of the school, Mark Bénard provides instruction, supervision and personal mentoring in the Visual Effects Compositing Diploma program, replacing lecture-based classroom training with a focus on project-based learning and mentorship.

Ria Benard

Ria Benard

Student Services Director/Senior Educational Administrator

Ria administers school operations, program delivery and curriculum development.

Ganz Ramalingam

Ganz Ramalingam

Advanced Visual Effects Compositing Program Lead

He is the lead instructor for the Advanced Visual Effects Compositing Program and a Certified Nuke X Instructor.

Andrew Lowell

Andrew Lowell

Effects Technical Director Program Lead

Andrew is both highly experienced as an FX artist on feature films, and as an instructor teaching FX and 3D graphics.

Annette Reilly

Annette Reilly

Public Relations / Admin Assistant

Annette mainly responsible for connecting with studios and media. She aids in creating connections and new business opportunities for the studio. She manages student relations by responding to student inquiries.Annette is our people person!

Jessica Ngo

Jessica Ngo

Student Services and Marketing Assistant

A recent graduate of the Design & Illustration: Elements & Applications 3 year program and a freelance Illustrator with a raw imagination and a well-done perspectives. She brings a silly sunniness to our studio environment

Chris Van Dyck

Chris Van Dyck

Compositing Mentor

Chris van Dyck is a Vancouver-based VFX and Compositing supervisor in the commercial, film, and television industry. With a decade of experience, he has worked at some of the top studios around the world: WETA Digital, Industrial Light & Magic, MPC, Rising Sun Pictures, Animal Logic, The Embassy and Prime Focus. Some of his most notable credits include: The Hobbit 1 & 2, Thor 2, Life of Pi, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Tron: Legacy, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ironman and Frank Miller’s: 300.

Guest Mentors

During the program we have guest mentors in on a regular basis to help in the areas where experts are required. We are proud of our amazingly talented mentors not only because of how much experience and skills they have, but also their desire to share and help nurture future industry talent. They are also really great people.

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