FX TD Program Advisory Commitee
Every year Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects seeks out the top advisers to ensure we are meeting industry needs and stay current with our program development.
The purpose of the committee is to ensure programs are current and relevant to the industry. We meet with the Program Advisory Committee during the programs year and invite them to review our program and facility. Program advisers identify current and future industry trends and shifts in the skills and knowledge graduates need to meet employer requirements. They advise on the need for new programs and participate in their development and quality assurance. Committee members also assist in identifying industry resources, such as guest speakers, studios connections and practicum placement or employment opportunities. Program Advisory Committee members are another important liaison between Lost Boys, the local industry and visual effects community at large. Our advisers are one of our greatest assets and we highly value their opinions.
We are privileged to have them share their knowledge and insight with us!
President & CEO
Side Effects Software
Kim is currently the President and CEO of Side Effects Software, a company he co-founded in 1987. Side Effects Software is a world-leading innovator of advanced 3D animation and special effects Houdini® software. In the early days of Side Effects and prior, Kim was both a programmer and animator, working on hundreds of commercials and industrial animations and was the executive producer of the TV series Monster By Mistake.
In his role as President of Side Effects, Kim gets to visit companies and schools around the world that use Houdini, and he gets to have a first-hand look at best practices for teaching and using Houdini for FX. Kim has been awarded the Technical Achievement and the Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work in developing 3D software, and the J. Wesley Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation from the University of Waterloo.
Kim is a board member of SIRT (Screen Industries Research and Training Centre) in Toronto. He is also a VES member and the chair of VES Toronto Section.
As CG Supervisor, Sean supervised the computer graphics on the feature film The Huntsman with 700+ shots in the new Double Negative Vancouver studio.
His experience also includes Senior Technical Director at Monster by Mistake in Toronto, and then to Weta in New Zealand as Senior FX Artist on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has also worked at Jim Henson Creature Shop as Senior FX Artist, CG Supervisor and VFX Supervisor and Technical Head of 3D at CIS London, (now Method, then Rainmaker UK), where he designed the shot pipeline and wrote many core tools. Having been a very large part of three pipeline projects in the past. He very proficient in all aspects of visual effects and visual effects management, and has a strong knowledge of Side Effect’s Houdini.
Lead FX TD
Niall is a senior visual effects professional with 16 years of experience in TV and film. For the last decade he has focused specifically on the discipline of FX simulation, which continues to fascinate him with its ever-evolving technology and heady cocktail of creative and technical challenges.
Niall spent 9 years honing his FX skills at the Moving Picture Company in London and Vancouver, before moving to Method Studios, where he heads the FX Dept, is an FX Lead, and still gets to run a few shots!