See­ing the big pic­ture

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WHEN you watch movies, do you ever won­der how the pro­duc­tion crew pulled out what is seem­ingly an im­pos­si­ble act to a par­tic­u­lar scene which in­volved, for ex­am­ple, a mer­maid or a talk­ing fish? That is what vis­ual ef­fects is and if you watch closely enough, you would no­tice that vis­ual ef­fects is, in fact, in al­most ev­ery movies that hit the cin­e­mas nowa­days.

More in­ter­est­ingly, did you know that you can learn how to spe­cialise in vis­ual ef­fects and pur­sue it as a ca­reer?

The One Academy, one of the world’s best art and de­sign cre­ative ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions, is of­fer­ing Diploma in Film Vis­ual Ef­fects where even an am­a­teur in the cre­ative in­dus­try who has enough de­ter­mi­na­tion can grad­u­ate as a world class pro­fes­sional.

The Diploma in Vis­ual Ef­fects at The One Academy is a re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween the col­lege and John Hughes In­sti­tute ( pre­vi­ously known as the award- win­ning Rhythm & Hues), whose works in­clude Ang Lee’s mul­ti­ple- award win­ning Life of Pi, the Academy Award win­ner for VFX The Golden Com­pass, In­cred­i­ble Hulk, VFX Academy- award nom­i­nated Snow White and the Hunts­men and Night at the Mu­seum.

With such vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the ac­tual pro­duc­tion of award- win­ning an­i­mated movies, John Hughes In­sti­tute en­gi­neered a course that pro­vides in­ten­sive train­ing to stu­dents to mas­ter vi­tal ar­eas in vis­ual ef­fects by cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment in which stu­dents are able to pro­duce projects in ac­tual prac­tice and com­ply with cur­rent in­dus­try stan­dards.

Work­ing hand in hand with in­dus­try men­tors, the three- year course teaches stu­dents to cre­ate or­ganic modelling for live ac­tion fea­ture film, con­duct cre­ative an­i­ma­tion, sim­u­late fur or hair, ex­e­cute rig­ging for hu­man, crea­tures and an­i­mals, learn light­ing prin­ci­ples and tech­niques of dig­i­tal set light­ing, im­ple­ment com­posit­ing for pro­duc­tion which leads to a fi­nal pro­ject – a port­fo­lio and more. Th­ese terms which, at the mo­ment, sound ex­tremely tech­ni­cal, will be fa­mil­iar af­ter the stu­dents un­dergo this course.

The aim of the ac­tiv­i­ties planned for this diploma course is to al­low stu­dents to:

– Ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent roles and spe­cial­i­sa­tions across the whole vis­ual ef­fects in­dus­try.

– De­velop their own spe­cific ar­eas of ex­per­tise. – De­velop the abil­ity to work as a team. – Work with in­dus­try- stan­dard soft­ware and hard­ware.

– Meet in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and learn their craft, work on in­dus­try briefs

– De­velop work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with clients and take part in live projects.

Stu­dents are of course in safe hands as the lec­tur­ers have been in the vis­ual ef­fects in­dus­try for at least a decade. For ex­am­ple, Aditya Kolli who was Pro­duc­tion TD at Art­lord Stu­dio, Tai­wan, and for­merly em­ployed by Rhythm & Hues ( R& H) Stu­dios.

Her works in­clude Life of Pi and Snow White and the Hunts­men. They also have Ruth Daly, a vet­eran in both tra­di­tional and CG an­i­ma­tion, whose works in­clude The Iron Gi­ant; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Night at the Mu­seum and The Golden Com­pass.

Al­though this is the first time The One Academy of­fi­cially worked with John Hughes In­sti­tute, be­hind the scenes, the cre­ative education in­sti­tute has al­ready worked with its for­mer com­pany Rhythm & Hues since 2009 and em­ployed many of its stu­dents like Ben­jamin Cheong, who is re­mem­bered as an out­stand­ing artist at Rhythm and Hues.

He cur­rently works as an an­i­ma­tor at Fram­store Lon­don and has had the chance to de­velop vis­ual ef­fects for many Hol­ly­wood block­busters such as Harry Pot­ter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sher­lock Holmes and Padding­ton.

You too have the chance to land a dream job like Cheong. For those who don’t al­ready know, those who pur­sue this diploma would have gained all the es­sen­tial pro­fes­sional, cre­ative and tech­ni­cal skills needed to be a vis­ual ef­fects spe­cial­ist, cre­ative an­i­ma­tor, dig­i­tal matte painter, fur/ hair sim­i­lar, char­ac­ter sim­u­la­tor, com­pos­i­tor, light­ing artist and rig­ging artist.

Should you want to find out more on how you can be­gin your jour­ney as a vis­ual ef­fects ex­pert, come over to The One Academy at its Ban­dar Sun­way cam­pus for its pro­fes­sional coun­sel­lors to as­sist you.

For fur­ther en­quiries, you can also call The One Academy at 03- 5637 5510, e- mail en­quiry@ toa. edu. my or visit www. toa. edu. my. The diploma pro­gramme will com­mence in May.

Three- time Os­car win­ner in Vis­ual Ef­fects John hughes will be lead­ing the diploma in Vis­ual Ef­fects at The One Academy.

The robert Gor­don univer­sity has the third old­est ac­cred­ited Ar­chi­tec­ture course in the uK, with a his­tory of well over 100 years, and one of the long­est ac­cred­ited cour­ses in Quan­tity sur­vey­ing.

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