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.
VFS alumnus, Gary Stuart, co-founder of Blast Radius, recently met with us to talk about his time here at VFS Digital Design (back when it was called New Media).
He tells us, “I really enjoyed my time with the program. Not just because of the tools, the instruction and the subject matter, but because of the people I was in class with. Everyone was hungry. Everyone was passionate. It was not just an opportunity to create — it was an opportunity to collaborate.”
He also lets us in on what inspired him and fellow VFS students, Francis Chan, Lee Feldman and Gurval Caer to found the Vancouver agency, and just where the name Blast Radius came from.