VanArts Adds Animation, VFX Faculty

The Vancouver Institute of Media Arts has added to its teaching staff several entertainment industry veterans to helm its full-time diploma programs.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, VanArts’ programs are designed to prepare its graduates for entry-level jobs in feature films, televison, video games and new media.

The revamped faculty lineup includes:

Wayne Gilbert, an animation veteran of more than 30 years, will head up the character animation program. Gilbert’s credits include Rock & Rule at Nelvana, Star Wars: Episode II at Industrial Light & Magic, and Skate & Skate II at Electronic Arts. He also has been involved with training for Walt Disney Studios and is author of Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation.

‘ Joining the character animation program as a senior instructor is 20-year veteran Mark Pudleiner, whose credits include Don Bluth Studios, Walt Disney Feature Animation and DreamWorks.

Alan Harrison, heading up the Entertainment Art for Film, TV & Games program, which prepares students for careers in creating assets for film, television and game productions. Harrison has 20 years of industry experience and has worked on more than 18 AAA titles at Electronic Arts, and several television and film productions at Mainframe and CIS Rainmaker.

William Dwelly will head up the Visual Effects Program and is the most recent addition to VanArts’ faculty. Dwelly worked as lead layout technical director on Avatar, and was also an animation technical director on I, Robot and King Kong at Weta Digital.

For more information about VanArts and its programs, visit www.vanarts.com.