Founder/Owner | VFX Educator, Director & Supervisor
A pioneer of Vancouver's Visual Effects Industry with 20+ years of experience making film and TV to a whole new level of awesome. Along with shaping the direction of the school, Mark Bénard provides instruction, supervision and personal mentoring in the Visual Effects Compositing & Effects Technical Director Programs. He can also be commonly found designing and filming our unique and creative background footage for student projects along with his talented wife Ria Bénard.
Our TeamTo build a truly extraordinary school of Visual Effects we must build a team of equally extraordinary people. Every staff member has been carefully selected to reflect our core values of generously sharing knowledge, creating a safe and supportive environment, and inspiring creative growth. Together we have built a genuinely unique and unprecedentedly effective learning experience.
Jobs at Lost Boys?
We are always interested in meeting with like minded individuals that share our passion for creating the best visual effects training possible. We are interested in part time mentorship, intro level and/or specialised masterclass workshop courses, as well as full time craft based program ideas. If you think you would like to explore a career in education at the coolest school around give us a shout!
Administration Staff | Student Services Director/Senior Educational Administrator
Ria administers school operations, program delivery and industry relations. She also plays a large part in designing our creatively inspiring student projects shoots and applying awesome special effects make-up!
Administration Staff | Student Services Adviser/Administration Assistant
A former Communication Specialist, Activities Coordinator, and Counselor, Romana brings a wide variety of skills and knowledge to Lost Boys. She is often the person answering your questions via phone or email. She enjoys music, food, travel, martial arts, and sharing about her home country of Croatia.
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.