Mark Bénard

Mark Bénard

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 Team

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 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!

Introduce Yourself!
Ria Bénard

Ria Bénard

Director | 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!

Romana Grguric

Romana Grguric

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.

Ganz Ramalingam

Ganz Ramalingam

Advanced Visual Effects Compositing Program | Lead Instructor

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

Andrew Lowell

Andrew Lowell

Vancouver - Effects Technical Director (FXTD) Program | Head Instructor

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

Sean Lewkiw

Sean Lewkiw

Montreal - Effects Technical Director (FXTD) Program | Lead Instructor

Sean is as an FX artist and 3D Supervisor with over 20 years experience working on feature films.

Andrew Zeller

Andrew Zeller

Advanced Visual Effects Compositing Program | Compositing Instructor's Assistant

Andrew Zeller is the Compositing Instructor's Assistant, and a Compositor/ Roto Paint Artist whose work can be seen in 11 feature films and 1 television series.

Jerónimo Maggi

Jerónimo Maggi

Effects Technical Director (FXTD) Program | FXTD Instructor's Assistant

A skilled VFX Generalist with a keen interest in FX work and Houdini, Jerónimo was hand-picked in Denmark by Lead Instructor Andrew Lowell to assist students in Vancouver at Lost Boys.

Annette Reilly

Annette Reilly

Public Relations Assistant

Annette has a long history with Lost Boys, so when we need a extra hand and knowledgeable smiling face at career fairs or help with our industry relations she's the one we call. Annette is our super people person!

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.

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