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So a buddy of mine, Ignacio, just created this MASTER-MOTION-PIECE for his final grad project at school.

Definitely worth a watch and HEY if you like it, give it a vote!

anonymous asked:

Hi modmad! If it wouldn't be too much to ask; I realized that you have studied animation at VFS and wondered if you could tell me a little about your own experience there. I am thinking of going into animation myself and was quite interested in their approach with a one-year intensive education. Did you like it and how do you think it worked out? And also how was your everyday life studying there? Hope I wouldn't disturb you too much

Alrighty-roo so I get asked this sort of thing a fair bit, which is super okay because boy howdy I loved my time at VFS but I get asked a lot so I’m going to make this my staple refer-to answer for all those askers to come; aka this is gonna be long folks, hit J to skip if you want to ignore it!

Personally I found that the year I spent at VFS was one of the best of my life. I had wonderful, friendly, wildly inventive classmates, the teachers were professional, personal and approachable, and every day I felt like I was this shrivelled up sponge being soaked in warm tasty information soup, and would have to stagger back home with my head swollen with the day’s absorption of data swilling around my brain. It was marvellous. I miss it constantly.

HOWEVER; it is very worth noting that before I went to VFS I had not only taken a foundation art year and studied art at A-level, but had also dabbled in animation at home, had done some work experience at a stop-motion animation company, and I had already taken a three year animation course! So… why did I go on to VFS at all? Well, the three year course I took was, to put in politely, not a good one. In fact I was clinically depressed by the third year and thought I could not draw for metaphorical toffee, it was only by the strong will and good sense of my parents that I even dared to try again, and I am so glad I did. The upshot of that course, however, was that I had the benefit of three years worth of time to practice, and the reading list that the place-I-had-studied-in-which-I-won’t-be-naming supplied (which I did, in fact, hunt down all the books from, read every single one and did many of the exercises that they suggested).

Here I must emphasise that VFS does a one year course of classical animation, and let me tell you that is absurdly short. If you aren’t used to drawing a lot (and I mean a lot) every day, or have absolutely no reading or practice with animation, it could very well be overwhelming. It might not be! You might go there and think it’s a walk in the park, I don’t know! But I could not in good conscience just wave the VFS flag and say THIS IS THE BEST COURSE GO DO THIS COURSE IT WILL BE AWESOME without due warning, because I learned everything I had learned in three years within the first two months at VFS. 

Yeah. Wow.

I also had the extreme good luck to have, as stated before, a wonderful class. Now, generally I think the people who work hard enough to get onto any animation course have to be dedicated and bonkers people, but it is still possible to have classmates that don’t ‘click’ with you or each other, and I have seen art classes that have an atmosphere I really would not want to be in. That is something nobody can predict or guarantee and any course will have this hazard. I, on the other hand, loved all my classmates and I cannot wait for a reunion because I miss the heckity darn out of all of them.

Another thing to note (and this applies to any art course out there), is that the course at VFS is very much a you-get-out-what-you-put-in situation. It is intense, yes, the teachers have worked in professional circumstances and are great people to learn from, yes, the assignments they give you are tried and tested means to bring out the best in your abilities, yes, but when it comes down to it the person who has to work, who has to learn, is you. If long hours and constant, challenging assignments sounds like no fun at all, then perhaps this isn’t for you. I literally went into school every day of the week! Including Sundays! They lock the school on the few holidays there are so that students can’t get in to keep working because they know they need to take a week off! No! I’m not joking. Eventually I had to give myself Sunday mornings off because golly it’s important to rest, and I learned to not stay in school working past 8pm for the same reason, and yet I did go in and I did work and I loved it. Nobody forced me to do this, but it was necessary, I felt, to complete the work I had, and to be able to without falling apart at the seams. I actually did contract tendonitis in the second term, which is notorious as the hardest term (and it’s way before you start your final film! yikes), but I recovered and I learned from it and I kept on rolling to the end. Some people did things differently- some preferred to stay late and keep weekends free, some did all nighters, but whatever your approach it is your responsibility. The teachers can give you advice on it, but when it boils down to it this course relies on you; your common sense, your dedication, and your love of the subject.

Finally, and this is the weak note; it has been several years since I attended VFS. While I knew their syllabus when I was there, and it was an effective and stimulating one, I do not know it now, and while I suspect it will be largely the same (when I was there I learned the basic core of it hadn’t changed for several decades because it worked damnit) I have no way of truly knowing that now. I also don’t know you! I don’t know what you want, what your past experiences are, or how well this course will suit you. I do know, however, that the staff are friendly and will call you back if you send them an email; they called me a few days after I sent an email describing my interest, and I live in the UK! Imagine my shock, this school I had heard of as somewhere so prestigious, calling unable-to-draw–diddly-squat me, from Canada! 

That was my first indication of what the thing that makes VFS so good; they care. They want to know you, they want to know your queries, and they want to know about your ambitions. Talk to them, and then think. Take your time in deciding. They start courses three times a year (or did when I was there), so there are always new opportunities to slot in, and there will be two other classes to talk to and make friends with at all times- if you somehow have bad luck and your classmates aren’t the coolest of cucumbers, the odds are very good that there will be people you can befriend in other classes. As for the teachers, I am in contact with many of them still (one got me my first job and went on to be my director!), and while I will always see them as my tutors I will always think of them as my friends, too.

So yeah, TL:DR = for me VFS was amazing and I would love to live it all over again, but every experience is tailored by context and just because it was perfect for me doesn’t mean it will be perfect for you!

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A young witch embarks on an amazing adventure when she comes across a shooting star.

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HEY GUYS

So sorry I’ve been MIA for a while
but I have just graduated and am proud to present my final film HAHAH XD
So happy its done
I hope you like it :D

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Certainty Condition is a very impressive time, space and physics-bending first person puzzle game where you explore a strange mansion, solving inventive puzzles that reward lateral thinking.

Developed by three students at the Vancouver Film SchoolCertainty Condition plays with perspectives and scaling of objects to create a game that not only challenges your grey matter, but also looks fantastic.  Allthough the laws of physics are routinely broken throughout the game, there’s a prevailing logic which makes sense in its own kind of way - such as allowing you to rotate a whole room to reach something that’s on the ceiling.

Available to play in Oculus Rift or on a standard screenCertainty Condition is a triumph of game design, offering up great visuals and some particualrly mind-bending puzzles.  You don’t know anything for certain in Certainty Condition.

Play Certainty Condition, Free

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“A girl doesn’t realize that what she’s so desperately chasing in her dream is what’s causing it to become a nightmare.”

Final film made during my year at VFS, Classical Animation. Music by Reflekshun.

Here it is. Nach Innen KF, the short film I’ve worked on for 5 months, and now I am finally sharing it with everyone.

It was a roller coaster to work on but now I’ve never felt so motivated to do what I want. Just over a year have I become an animator, and a damn decent one too. I’m proud of myself, my classmates, and what I’ve accomplished by making this. Making this film wasn’t just a great learning experience, but also therapeutic.

I hope you enjoy it!

On this Friday 10 Feb, one of our team, Mean who is a 3d modeler + sound engineer + main support will be studying abord in Vancouver, Canada.

She will be away for 1 year for Special Effect & Animation attending Vancouver Film School, Canada.

The departure time from Thailand will be around 5.00 PM, and we will be there at the Suvarnabhumi Airport around 2.00 PM, Gate Q/R. 

Although, one of us will be far away in this short time coming. The less will try to keep running our entity going forwards.

Farewell !

Edited: Updated the gate information.

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A student animated film by Sarah Jolley from the Vancouver Film School. It’s a fun little clip that parodies silent film and Buster Keaton. It’s a lot of fun!

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By Modmad (http://modmad.tumblr.com/)

Vancouver Film School

I got into Vancouver Film School. I have to decide by tomorrow morning if I’m going to go.

I just have to keep reminding myself that this is decision is not, “Do I want to work in the television industry?” but “Do I want to invest a year and a huge amount of money and a big move into finding out if I want to work in the television industry?”

And I think the answer is yes.