About the Name

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.

Continuously ranking top 10 worldwide

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"Maybe you have heard of us from a helpful friend, one of our talented Alumni, or from our amazing associates out in the industry. We're glad you found us and are honoured to play a part in your next big life adventure. Hard work and dedication will lead you to a rare opportunity: a creatively inspiring career full of personal growth and long lasting camaraderie.

We look forward to sharing our passion with you and helping you make your dreams a reality."

-Mark & Ria Benard // Founder & Director

Our Team

To build a truly extraordinary school of Visual Effects, we must build a team of equally extraordinary people. Each staff member have 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.

Mark Benard

Founder & VFX Supervisor

Ria Benard

Director & Senior Educational Administrator

ganz ramalingam

lead compositing instructor


kyle yoneda

lead fxtd instructor


harrison molling

fxtd instructor


Fortunato Frattasio

lead compositing instructor


francois gendron

lead lighting artist instructor


sean lewkiw

lead fxtd instructor


Lindsay Luttrell

admissions advisor

Vancouver Registrar

Stephanie Beauvais

admissions advisor

Montreal Registrar

Q-Nahm Park

Marketing Manager



PTIB Designated – Lost Boys School of VFX is designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).  A branch of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, PTIB provides a certificate to private training institutions in B.C. that aim to ensure institutions provide quality education in the post-secondary career training sector. 

EQA Designated – The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post-secondary education. EQA designation is available to private institutions in B.C. that meet or exceed quality assurance standards set by the province. This designation also promotes B.C. as an education destination of choice for both domestic and international students. 


Rookies – An official organization that provides a community for visual effects artists. A formal accreditation awarded to the very best schools that provide the most up-to-date and relevant industry training and education for students aspiring to work in creative media industries. View our Academic Certificate.


Houdini Certified – All the best visual effects schools teach Houdini, the most modern, powerful 3D tool on the planet. To be Houdini certified, a school must teach a certain amount of Houdini content by industry veterans while being reviewed by a panel of Houdini experts. We are proud to have been recognized as an exemplary educational institution that teaches Houdini to our students.

“Even though you want to try to, never grow up.”

- Peter Pan // J.M Barrie

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