JANUARY

Connections Launch Grad into Arctic Air

A recent Writing for Film & Television graduate was on board when Arctic Air took to the skies on CBC. Derek Thompson proved his mettle in the intense one-year VFS program ("It certainly solidified my appreciation for caffeine," he says) and turned enough heads to parlay a faculty connection into a coveted foot in the door in the new show's story department. Find Out More

FEBRUARY

Grad's Music Video Nominated for Juno Award

How does an animator get a seat at the gala for Canada's top music awards? By directing one of the year's best music videos. Classical Animation alum Jon Busby was behind a video for popular indie artist Dan Mangan, whose music has earned raves from The Guardian, among others. Jon's magical video for "Rows of Houses" was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2012 Juno Awards. Find Out More

March

Saving the Universe in Mass Effect 3

BioWare's juggernaut RPG franchise's third instalment got glowing reviews and VFS alumni from a number of programs helped make it happen. By far the most eye-opening VFS connection came via Sound Design for Visual Media. Six Sound Design alumni contributed to the game's spectacular audio, playing a huge role in shaping the experience of diehard gamers around the world. Find Out More

April

Defining the Future of the Internet

VFS Digital Design grad Josh Carpenter is looking to the future. As a Senior User Experience Designer, he worked with Mozilla on the Gaia UX concept for Boot to Gecko - a game-changing open web platform for mobile. "It's been a culmination of these strains of user experience design, of curiosity about social systems...the way the world can work and the way we want the world to be," he says. "The mandate is essentially 'Make the world a better place!'"
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May

Makeup Designers Make a Splash at Leo Awards

When the 2012 Leo Awards were handed out, Makeup Design for Film & Television alumni Sarah Elizabeth, Krysten Merrick, and Susan Manning were there to accept some hardware for Make-Up in a Short Drama. It was just one highlight in a big year for Sarah, who also competed on season 3 of Syfy's Face Off and got a gig on the smash hit web series Written by a Kid. Find Out More

June

VFS Wins 3rd Straight School of the Year Award

We felt pretty honoured to be named School of the Year for the third year in a row by the CG Student Awards - but we were much prouder of our students whose outstanding work in 3D Animation & Visual Effects ultimately led to the award. Among the many VFS finalists, three were chosen for prestigious internships at major visual effects studios. Find Out More

July

How VFS Students Made an Action-Packed Feature Film

It was a watershed moment in our 25-year history when Captive, an action-packed thriller, became our first-ever student-produced feature film. "It was always stressful," admits one of the Film Production students who made it happen. "We were so tired by the end, but I was, like, 'These are my friends and we're making a film.' I could do this every day of my life and I'll be okay." The filmmakers' efforts were rewarded when a distributor acquired its North American TV and theatrical rights. Find Out More

August

Student Game Celebrated at 2012 Unity Awards

A summer of highs continued when Pulse, a game developed entirely by students in the one-year Game Design program, was celebrated at the Unity Awards in Amsterdam. Two of the students behind the innovative game - in which you play a blind character navigating a dangerous world - were on hand to accept the well-deserved award for Best Student Project. Find Out More

September

Call Me Definitely

No song this side of "Gangnam Style" defined 2012 quite like Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe". The song was an unstoppable hit, and two Film Production alumni worked behind the scenes on its video. When we caught up with Jan Floor (Art Director) and Victoria Pearson (Set Decorator), the "Call Me Maybe" video had already racked up a quarter of a billion views on YouTube alone! Can you say "cultural phenomenon"? Find Out More

October

Acting Grads Take Lead in Primeval: New World

Nobody cracks down on invading velociraptors quite like Acting for Film & Television alumni Niall Matter and Sara Canning. When the popular UK series Primeval was spun off in Primeval: New World, Niall and Sara were cast as two of the series leads, pitting them against pterodactyls and tyrannosaurs on the streets of Vancouver. Find Out More

November

Game Design Grad Talks Narrative Direction on Halo 4

Halo 4, one of the year's best-selling titles, was the first game in the franchise to be developed by 343 Industries, with over a dozen VFS alumni in tow. They included Game Design grad Armando Troisi, who was the game's Narrative Director. "Game design is a fluid and evolving art form," he tells us in a fascinating interview. "The most valuable commodity is our ability to respond to the design changes that will eventually occur." Find Out More

December

FEARnet Goes Fishing, Catches Little Mermaid

It's been a great ride for The Little Mermaid, a gruesomely reimagined fairy tale, produced by Entertainment Business Management students, that's won awards from Saskatchewan to LA. The short film saved the best for last when it was picked up by cable channel FEARnet, which debuted it to a global audience online. Find Out More

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