Our award-winning faculty offers more than three decades expertise as leaders and innovators in animating motion pictures, television, and interactive media. They continue to work with studios such as Disney, Dreamworks, Bardel, and International Rocketship, and produce original independent projects. As educators, our instructors understand the creative demands and technical skills required of the next generation of animators. Their experience creating diverse forms of animation from Lilo & Stitch to The Smurfs provides students an unparalleled occasion to learn from the best.
Head of Department
Marianne O'Reilly has excelled in entertainment, visual effects, and animation management for over 20 years with experience in feature films, television, and sports.
Marianne served as President of Rainmaker Visual Effects and was instrumental in the sale of Rainmaker's Vancouver and London facilities to Deluxe Entertainment and the CIS Visual Effects Group in early 2008. She continued on as President of CIS Vancouver through the company's transition in 2008 before relocating to the East Coast where she was an executive consultant focusing on strategic business initiatives for several global visual effects companies.
Marianne first joined Rainmaker in 1999 as a visual effects producer. Over the years, she has worked on such television productions as Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The Outer Limits and Dead Like Me. In 2003 she transitioned to film visual effects with the animation/live action hybrid Garfield. Marianne was named Rainmaker Animation and Visual Effects' executive producer in 2004 and oversaw the facility's feature effects work on titles including Night at the Museum, Elektra, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Blades of Glory, and Vantage Point. After being named President of Rainmaker in 2007, Marianne oversaw business operations in both Vancouver and London, including the management teams working on the features Tropic Thunder, Snow Buddies, Inkheart, and Changeling.
Prior to Rainmaker, Marianne held executive positions and was a sports entertainment producer for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, where she served as the director of game presentation and special events. While with the Vancouver Canucks, she was manager of game presentation, and during her tenure with the CFL's BC Lions, Marianne was the director of advertising and promotions and was presented with a Grey Cup championship ring in 1994. She first entered the entertainment world as a producer and account manager at Northwest Imaging & FX in 1991 and returned there in 1998 as executive producer before moving to Rainmaker.
Marianne was born in British Columbia and attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Broadcast Communications for Television. She actively served as a Board Member for the Visual Effects Society (VES) from 2006-2008.