The BFG and Tarzan Dazzle Thanks to VFS Grads

By VFS Web Team, on July 4, 2016

Few people can capture childhood wonder and magic on screen like Steven Spielberg, so we were very excited when it was announced that he was going to be in Vancouver directing an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Big Friendly Giant (The BFG). What better pairing could there be?

Mark Rylance plays the title character, a performance, we’re sure, that is both devastating and delightful. Many other fabulous actors bring Gizzardgulper, Childchewer, Maidmasher, Bloodbottler, Manhugger, Fleshlumpeater, Meatdripper, Butcher Boy, and Bonecruncher (aren't these the best names ever?!) to life, including Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement.

The BFG opened last weekend to great reviews, and we want to congratulate grads from 3D Animation +Visual Effects and Foundation Visual Art + Design for bringing their digital wizardry skills to the film. They are:

Andrew Park (Animator)
Jeffrey Struthers (Animator)
Armando Velazquez  (Digital Compositor)
Alex Berson (Digital Compositor)
Angelo De Witt (Senior Digital Paint Artist)
Jesse Sturdy (Witness/Reference Capture)
Natalie Smith (Rotoscope Artist)

Starring Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan and Margot Robbie as Jane, The Legend of Tarzan reunites audiences with the beloved classic about a British child raised by apes after being marooned on the Atlantic coast of Africa. Although Tarzan has received many treatments in film, TV, books, and newspapers over the years, this modern version by David Yates is said to be an authentic and visually stunning take on the classic.

Congratulations to VFS grads from 3D Animation +Visual Effects and Foundation Visual Art + Design for their stunning efforts. They are:

Chelsea Whittet (Creature Fx Technical Director)
Hugo Brunet (Digital Compositor)
Alberto Landeros (Digital Compositor)
Alvin Keung (Digital Compositor)
Bradey Strong (Lighting Artist)
Alan Fregtman (Pipeline Td)
Tyson Erze (Visual Effects Artist)
Gursimran Khalsa (Visual Effects Coordinator)

*If we've missed any alumni in this post, please email us at and we'll be happy to update!