In our persistent efforts to stay in tune with the needs of industry (and thus the needs of our students), we nurture special relationships with many pivotal firms in the fields we teach. We are proud to name the following corporate leaders as our partners:
5 Alarm Music
5 Alarm Music is America's largest independent production music library for film, television, radio, and commercials. Owned by parent company DMI Music & Media Solutions, 5 Alarm Music provides custom and production music from award-winning composers and houses over 40 music libraries with a broad selection of cost-effective stock music solutions, as well as original score and music composition services. In partnering with VFS, 5 Alarm Music wishes to help students gain an understanding of music licensing and film and television production music.
- for more information on 5 Alarm Music, visit www.5alarmmusic.com
Adobe Systems is a software company founded in 1982 and a world leader in digital imaging and creative design applications. With an extensive product line, Adobe provides every VFS program with the latest Adobe Creative Suites . The VFS licensing agreement with Adobe enables every student to maximize each piece of software to its fullest potential. The partnership with VFS continues to grow with Adobe, providing inventive solutions for our creatively driven students.
- for more information on Adobe, visit www.adobe.com
Adobe Partners by Design
Adobe Partners by Design is an alliance between Adobe Systems Incorporated and 28 of the top art, design, and film schools in the world. This international program was established in 2000 for select schools, and brings faculty, students, and the design community together to help tomorrow's designers fully develop their skills. Adobe provides member schools with exclusive benefits such as faculty training on products and Adobe software licenses, ensuring that students have full access to every tool they need.
John Walker and 12 other co-founders created Autodesk, Inc. in 1982, and for the last 23 years, Autodesk has been committed to the people, software, and technology to help customers realize their ideas. Autodesk first revolutionized the software industry with the AutoCAD® product, which introduced drafting to the PC. Today, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company in the fields of manufacturing, infrastructure, building, media, entertainment, and wireless services. Autodesk is a fully diversified software company that provides solutions for creating, managing, and sharing digital assets. Through our educational licensing agreement, VFS has a partnership with Autodesk that means our students have complete access to all the educational and creative potential of the top digital animation tools available; Maya, 3ds MAX, MotionBuilder and Combustion. What unites us is the same spirit that Autodesk was founded on: innovation that drives real-world success.
- for more information on Autodesk, please visit: www.autodesk.com
Avid is the industry leader in digital audio production, and VFS is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to offer Operator-level Certification in Avid music and post-production systems. Avid provides the VFS Sound department with Pro Tools, the most widely used and advanced development in digital audio workstation technology. VFS instructors work closely with Avid to develop a curriculum that prepares students for the needs of the industry.
- for more information on Avid, visit www.avid.com
HP is the world's largest information technology company. The HP philosophy of providing service, innovative thinking, and problem solving drives a strong relationship with VFS. Many VFS programs rely heavily on technology provide by HP systems and service. The people of HP are quick to provide solutions, and their ideas and ability to come to table quickly improve the educational excellence at VFS.
- for more information on HP, visit www.hp.com
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and live performance. Their mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries, covering the whole field of digital music creation and sound. The official partnership between Native Instruments and Vancouver Film School's Sound Design program provides students with access to an arsenal of software and tools, including Kontakt, the industry standard sampler with an impressive sound library, to help realize their creative ideas.
- for more information on Native Instruments, visit www.native-instruments.com
Perforce, the Fast Software Configuration Management System, is an award-winning tool that versions and manages source code and digital assets for enterprises large and small. Perforce seamlessly handles distributed development, and supports developers across a large number of platforms.
Perforce ensures development integrity by grouping multi-file updates into atomic changes, enables concurrent development, and intelligently manages multiple software releases using its Inter-File Branching system.
- for more information on Perforce, visit www.perforce.com
Pixologic - Makers of ZBrush
Pixologic Incorporated, maker of the award-winning 2D/3D sculpting, texturing, and painting application ZBrush, was founded in 1997, and develops and markets innovative software tools for the film and video, games, graphic design and illustration markets. Pixologic is privately owned and is located in California with offices in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Bordeaux, France. VFS is the first Canadian school to officially partner with ZBrush, with the partnership agreement providing VFS with full access to educational licenses for their cutting-edge software, ZBrush. ZBrush is an integrated modeling, texturing, and illustration environment. The innovative set of real-time sculpting, texturing, and deformation tools is used in major film studios and game companies worldwide. Its instant feedback and real-time response makes it the most natural feeling digital sculpting tool available today. As a stand-alone application, ZBrush offers tremendous flexibility and appeals to a wide audience.
- to learn more about ZBrush, visit the Pixologic website: www.pixologic.com
- to view what artists are creating with ZBrush, visit the ZBrush online community: www.ZBrushCentral.com
- to view the world's first 3D gallery, visit the turn table gallery: www.pixologic.com/turntable
- for more information on VFS's partnership with Pixologic, visit vfs.com/pixologic.
The Foundry is a world-leading innovator in visual effects technologies. The UK-based company has established itself as a critical partner to major feature film studios and post-production houses worldwide including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Studios, Weta Digital, The Moving Picture Company, Framestore, and Digital Domain.
In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry's development team for the Furnace image processing suite. The company's widely adopted, high-end compositing system, Nuke, is also based on AMPAS Sci-Tech Award®-winning technology.
The Foundry is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing, and sales for visual effects software. Its products have facilitated ambitious VFX sequences on numerous "must see" movies such as Avatar, Tron: Legacy, Alice in Wonderland, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, and Black Swan.
- for more information on The Foundry, visit www.thefoundry.co.uk
Long Winter Studios
Long Winter Studios is an independent media group specializing in CG animation and asset creation. They work in the game, film, and education industries. Long Winter Studios has created a signature proprietary rig for VFS Animation & Visual Effects students to use in curriculum, student projects, and promotion.
- for more information on Long Winter Studios, visit www.longwintermembers.com