Visit Tour: Scarab
(Guest post by Jessica Gaffney, DD44)
Scarab Digital is a content creation and post-production service company that specializes in Playback, Motion Graphics and UI Design.
The owner, Danny Ho, welcomed DD44 first thing in the morning with donuts and a big smile. The biggest takeaway from the presentation would be to “do what others can not.” When Danny started off, he offered extra services that made him stand out from the competition. With a previous love for computers and film, it was easy for him to take on the extra workload. He then emphasized that we should pursue what we enjoy, “if you don’t like designing brochures – don’t do brochures!” Ever since, Scarab has been working with big Hollywood productions like the X Files, Supergirl and Flash.
After the presentation, we went into the studio to speak with the creatives. They explained the process from beginning to end; from getting the script, pitching an idea, executing the design, to final delivery. It was amazing to see how they brought a concept to life (on their fancy huge computer screens) and then see their final product on the big screen.
Even though we only got to see a glimpse of what their workflow was like, it was a huge learning opportunity that opened our minds to countless possibilities.
I know you all may be thinking that this post is about a very serious disease, so let me shine a little light on the situation. Edson Oda from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has caught my attention because of his very creative illustrations. I first discovered him on Vimeo a while back during my break between taking the VFS Foundation and Digital Design programs. His work is absolutely brilliant — using still images to portray such a fine movie. It’s Tarantino-esque.
Annabelle Kent graduated from the VFS Digital Design Program back when it was known as New Media (2001), and since then her career has had a lot of great highlights: she’s worked with such Visual Effects studios as Anthem Visual Effects, Zoic Studios, and Rising Sun Pictures (in Australia) on TV shows like Tin Man, Sanctuary, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and V, and on films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2, Red Tails, The Hunger Games and Prometheus. We caught up with her to talk about life post-VFS, her professional success, and her new job as Digital Compositor at Image Engine.
OOMPH : When you first went to VFS in the New Media Program what were your professional ambitions?
Annabelle Kent : I always wanted to get into film and video. At first, I wanted to be a Documentary Filmmaker. But I also really liked Animation and Visual Effects. I went to be a workstudy at the Banff Centre after VFS because they had the Avid there and I was using it to help the artists in residence, while also learning about non-linear editing. It was a natural step from VFS, because I knew I needed to gain experience and learn from that.
When VFS Instructor Maria Kennedy assigned us our project for Branding 01 (Term 03), I immediately started creating ideas and producing images in my mind. The brief was to create a Food Truck that would be placed in Victoria Square (West Hastings & Cambie) targeted at VFS students and workers from around the area. I knew I wanted to create something unique — something that couldn’t be found anywhere else in Vancouver.
Being from Portugal gave me a lot of inspiration, because European culture (especially Mediterranean) is already distinct. And when it comes to food, the Southern Countries have a really rich cuisine. So I realized that if I did something related to Portugal, it would definitely be unique.
VFS Digital Design is a highly multicultural program. We get students from all over the world. Being Chinese, I’m very interested in the educational experience of our students from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. I started meeting with them to capture and share their insights. Here. as part of my ongoing series of interviews, Dragon Tales, I speak with current Digital Design student, Chen Qin, about his experience.
温哥华电影学院的数字媒体专业很具跨文化特色。这里汇聚了来自世界各国家、各地区的青年才俊。我很感兴趣 那些来自中国大陆、台湾地区和香港地区的学生们,他 们在这里的学习经历是怎样的。与他们逐渐熟识,也更 多分享他们的才智和学习历程。下面是我在数字媒体专业进行的系列采访中的第一个人物,秦晨,他分享了他在数字媒体专业的学习感受。
Maggie Guo: Welcome Chen Qin. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
郭春宁: 欢迎你, 秦晨。能先简单介绍一下你自己吗?
Chen Qin: Hi Maggie. Thanks for chatting with me. Before going to VFS I was an illustrator and a freelance designer. I came from Da Lian, China. Now I live in Vancouver with my wife and daughter. I am honored to be a member of VFS Digital Design Class 24. I’m focused on studying Interactive Design, User Experience Design, Motion Graphics and Branding. I like reading, travelling, watching films and skiing.