The day before spring break we embarked on our second Vancouver studio tour for the class of 2009. We were fortunate to visit four prominent studios, including Miniature Effects, Artifex Studios, Zoic Studios and Technicolor/MPC.
As always, the day began before dawn as Monica, John, Cliff, Dan, JongJun, Kaustubh and I left Courtenay, in our mini-van, and drove to Nanaimo to catch the morning ferry. We crossed the Georgia Strait into Vancouver and headed towards the Commercial Drive area for our first tour.
In a departure from our usual visits to VFX shops, our first stop on the tour was Miniature Effects, owned and operated by Dave Asling. It was a great opportunity for the students to see behind-the-scenes miniature, model and prop work. With over 15 years in the visual effects business, Dave and his team supply visual effects concept consulting, highly detailed mechanically and and electronically functional props, motion-controlled miniature effects, design, engineering and fabrication. They've worked for shows such as Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (in production), Smallville, Bionic Woman, Fantastic Four and X-Men, to name a few.
(To Be Con't - Part One of Three)