- New VFS Campus-based facility is gold-standard in terms of global performance capture studios and leading-edge technology
- VFS Students will have exclusive access to hands-on learning, advanced stunt training, acting performance work and applied research
- 32,000 cb ft – will be one of the largest in North America
- The studio officially opened on May 18th, 2017, Mimic Performance Capture Inc. already secured private industry bookings into late 2018
On Thursday, May 18th, the Vancouver Film School (VFS) opened their commercial Performance Capture Studio, setting themselves apart from others as the only film school to offer this unique program. The school partnered with cutting-edge performance capture company Mimic Performance Capture, Inc. (Mimic) to build one of Canada’s largest studios.
The Performance Capture Studio is designed to be the leading global performance capture provider in terms of capacity for advanced stunt work, voice work, camera systems, methodology, and applied research. This will allow VFS and Mimic to collaborate on the development and delivery of specialized curriculum and training workshops for VFS programs, staff, and students.
With the addition of this facility VFS alumni will have first-priority for all commercial performance capture employment opportunities at the new studio, as well as enhanced training and education in the latest Motion Capture skills and techniques. Furthermore, Mimic will mentor students on projects involving performance capture, and work with VFS’s animation, game, film-based, and acting programs to identify best practices, guidelines, and processes for using performance capture at the school. The VFS-Mimic partnership marks an important step in the development of an elite performance capture community in Vancouver.
The studio was completed in record time and has seen a large number of bookings from both the gaming and film/TV production industry prior to its opening. Later this summer the studio will be opening their doors to a number of big companies such as Gearbox, Capcom, Waterproof Studios and House of Cool.
“At Vancouver Film School, our aim is to deeply integrate our programs with leading entertainment media/production companies, providing industry and educational insight for our students. This applied approach to learning will have far reaching benefits for our students as it makes their first day at VFS their first day on the job,”
– Dr. Ted Gervan, Vice President of Education at VFS.
“We’re excited to be collaborating with VFS, the school produces the highest caliber of graduates and we’re looking forward to helping shape these future industry leaders,”
– Graham Qually, President of Mimic Performance Capture Inc.
“When you are directing actors for Motion Capture the best option is to work in a space where the cast and crew feel welcomed. This creates an environment of trust where the actors are free to work at their full potential. At Mimic, Graham and his team are committed to provide exactly such a space for the director and the actors. I can’t wait to start production over there!”
– Ismaël Auray, Cinematic director – Ubisoft, Activision, Gearbox Studio Quebec.
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About Vancouver Film School
Named to Variety Magazine’s Coveted “Top Global Film Schools List” in 2017, Vancouver Film School was the only Canada institution to make the list. With a proud 30-year history, VFS opened in 1987, and revolutionized entertainment arts education with the introduction of the world’s first one-year intensive film production diploma program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering acclaimed and award-winning one-year diploma programs in 3D animation, film, TV, programming, video game, motion and interactive design. For the past 30 years, VFS has been devoted to delivering the highest quality education, and developing the next generation of leaders in the entertainment and creative media industries. www.vfs.edu
About Mimic Performance Capture
Mimic is a world-class performance capture and animation studio, created in Founding in January in 2017 and opened in May of 2017 and based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded by motion capture industry veteran Graham Qually (Rainmaker, Ubisoft), Mimic features a team of professionals who’ve worked with some of the top stuntmen, actors and creative talents in the film, animation and video game industries. With a mandate to become the world’s leading motion capture studio and resource, Mimic recently began construction of a cutting-edge performance capture facility at Vancouver Film School. The studio supports further growth and development of Canada’s professional film and gaming industries, and allow VFS students to train with the latest hardware and mocap software. www.mimicperformance.com