The Lost Boys Advantage
Far exceeding industry placement rates of any other school teaching Visual Effects, Lost Boys graduates are the most highly sought out source of new talent within the Visual Effects Industry.
Production requirements for new hires have changed greatly in the past decade. High growth rates coupled with ever demanding client expectations has led to a environment that requires highly trained specialists. At Lost Boys, you will learn the skills needed to begin your career and become a valuable asset to the team from day one.
Known for their highly specialized skill sets, keen problem-solving instincts, and experience with visual effects production culture, our graduates are trusted to handle challenging responsibilities and are often moved quickly into leadership roles.
Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects has proven itself to be the most industry-relevant, practical, and direct pathway to the career you want in Visual Effects.
Mark & Ria Benard | Founders & Directors
What's in the Name?
A commonly asked question, “Lost Boys” originates from the Peter Pan stories created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie, later to be pushed into popular culture as an animated feature film by Walt Disney. Reflecting the youthful culture of visual effects production where fantastical experiences and stories are created, Lost Boys became a place where artist vision and playful creative innovation became a daily occurrence. Today it is a point of great pride to call oneself a Lost Boy and to carry on our 20+ years of creative legacy.
FILMING PRODUCTION QUALITY BACKGROUND PLATES
In order to produce a professional visual effects portfolio, one needs to begin with production quality background footage. A big part of what makes Lost Boys graduates stand out is our ever ambitious background plates. Costumes, props, SFX make-up, top notch camera gear, and beautiful sets/locations provide us with a production quality rivaling even the highest budget films and TV Series. On top of being a source of creative inspiration and a foundation to build your visual effects upon, filming is a great way to teach you how to appreciate the entire movie making process.
To 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 specialized 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 the most supportive school around, give us a shout!
Our Growing List of Amazing Studios Employing Lost Boys
What the VFX Industry has to say about us:
Mark Bénard and I have worked together many times over the past 15 years, so when an opportunity came to speak to the students at Lost Boys I was there. The school’s in a great location, the students were very tight and co operative, and seemed like a social group. I think my talk at Lost Boys was the longest I ever did, the student’s asked intelligent questions so I was happy to spend the entire day with them. They understood all of the basic and most advanced concepts and had great artistic flare in their work, by far one of the best groups I’ve spoken to.John Gadjecki, VFX Supervisor
I recently had the privilege of giving a short lecture to the Lost Boys students, I also reviewed their demo reels which are very impressive. The class size is small and production based, the equipment is high end. The problems are real world and the instruction is from a proven professional in Mark Bénard, supplemented by industry speakers. The focus seems to be on getting each student production ready, and the demo reels reflected this.Scott Dewis, Creative Director
Anyone who’s lucky enough to get training like this would truly have an edge on the competition.Trevor Adams, VFX Technical Director/Supervisor
It’s good to see a real production artist teaching the things that should be taught.Aruna Inversin, Senior Compositor
I’m impressed to hear about the real-world compositing; visual effects problems being posed to the students at Lost Boys. We’ve seen very few curriculum’s, in the US or Canada, which offer students a chance to be challenged by such realistic production problems. We’re eager to work with the new the budding stars that are heading toward graduation.Rob Taylor, Creative Director
Having worked for Mark Bénard at Lost Boys Studios, I was interested to see how he would impart his vast vfx wisdom at his school of visual effects. After seeing the program in action and meeting the students, I can see why their grads are snapped up so quickly — they are truly given the training they need to hit the ground running in production.Eric Petey, CG Supervisor
Lost Boys provides exactly the kind of curriculum the VFX industry needs; project-based studies that incorporate all aspects of today’s digital pipeline. The students are extremely fortunate to have in Mark Bénard a real, experienced VFX supervisor at the helm of the program, and we know that graduates from Lost Boys will be able to hit the ground running.Adam Stern, VFX Supervisor
The work being produced by Lost Boys under the guidance of Mark Bénard is top notch. This is some of the best Visual Effects that I’ve seen coming out of a school in a long time.Tina Ouellette, Executive Producer
I appreciate a school who teaches the student, like you guys do at Lost Boys, to be production ready with some production “sense.” I find a majority of schools don’t know how to accomplish this. I have been consistently impressed with your grads. Good work!Doug Campbell, VFX Supervisor
Lost Boys is a great source for new talent. They have a true understanding of what the industry is looking for in resources. Their practicum program is one of the best ways to seek out rising stars.Roula Lainas, Producer, Talent and Brand
It's totally inspirational to see you and your team in action, alongside the students and the quality of work they are producing. You have a knack for developing artistic judgement in your students which is what distinguishes them professionally and helps them make contributions to the industry. After touring the classroom and viewing the student work it was hard to believe that they had only been working with Houdini from one month to less than a year-- the quality of their work is technically excellent while remaining uniquely expressive. It's very rare to come across a program where the level of all the students' work is of a Senior quality.Julie Lottering, Education & Training Manager, Side Effects Software
Every year, we’re always keen on seeing who graduates from Lost Boys. Because of their smaller class sizes and rigorous selection process, graduates from Lost Boys tend to be of higher calibre. They have a reputation for not only producing quality graduates, but those who are passionate about the industry and have a firmer understanding of the work environment, so they are professional and hard-working right out of the gate. We’ve hired several graduates in the past, along with alumni already working in the industry, and we’re seeing success with their practicum program as well.Alan Chuck, VFX Recruiter
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Lost Boys has its roots as a studio. Starting in 1996 as a service studio and then in 1997 with partner Virgin Digital Studios, Lost Boys provided award winning Visual Effects for TV Series, music videos, commercials, game cinematics, and feature films. More can be seen under our History page.
Our instruction areas are set up much the same as you might find in any studio, with your own workspace and production class workstation. Students use this area to work on projects and receive one-on-one project discussions with the instructor and teaching assistant. There are also several screening areas including a theater (for large screenings), a recording room (for more personal lectures and screenings), and a student lounge (for smaller groups).
We are the studio that teaches.
Lost Boys, both a Family and a Community
Different from other Schools, we have built a culture of sharing and a community of support.
Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada
Students find themselves in a culturally rich and diverse group of people in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia. Surrounded by water on three sides and views of breath taking mountains, it a beautiful place to live or visit. With it’s very mild climate and spectacular natural scenery, Vancouver has ranked highly as one of the most desired cities to live in.
Vancouver is truly one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with a very ethnically diverse population. The top 10 languages spoken in Vancouver are English, Chinese, Punjabi, German, Tagalog (Filipino), French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, and Hindi.
Vancouver also has a rich Visual Effects Community. Recently enjoying a rapid state of expansion the local Visual Effects Industry employs over 6,000 people and counting! Our local industry includes world class studios such as Digital Domain, MPC, Rhythm & Hues, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Method Studios and Image Engine to name a few. It’s a great time to be starting a career in Visual Effects!
- Lost Boys VFX Blog – A VFX based knowledge repository for demos, breakdowns and job information.
- Lost Boys | School of VFX – Facebook Page – A more casual look at the Lost Boys experience. Follow us for behind the scenes photos and updates!
- Lost Boys | School of VFX – Our LinkedIn University Page – Check out School Announcements, Activities, and connect with our Alumni
- Lost Boys | Online Training – Access exclusive visual effects training content
- VFX Vancouver – Job Board – This is a great site for VFX specific job searches. Proudly created and maintained by us!
- SPARK – Awesome events and Career Fairs
- Vancouver’s Siggraph Chapter – For everything related to computer graphics
- Vancouver’s Houdini User’s Group – VHUG – Meetings every other month for discussing everything Houdini
- Side Effects Software – Creators of the amazing Houdini
- Vancouver’s Visual Effects Meet-Up – Presentations and Networking
- Vancouver’s Nuke User Group – Presentations and Networking
- The Foundry – Source of Nuke, Mari, Modo and other amazing tools.