(guest post by Kirstin Smith)
If you want to strike fear in the heart of any young hopeful, just remind them that life on the outside will be nothing like the experience of studying and that they are completely unprepared. During most of my years as a student this sentiment was the norm. It was all too often that an instructor referred to something called the ‘real world’. They explained that when we get out there it won’t be anything like the classroom.
My experience in Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design however, was unlike any I’ve had before. In the Digital Design program, we had the opportunity to work with a client; that’s right, a ‘real’ client. The experience instilled confidence and know-how that other assignments simple couldn’t have.
The class in which we worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is called The Big Idea. The intention of the class is to allow students to have an experience working with a client and using their design skills to contribute to a good cause. The team at Digital Design assigns the client, always selecting a non-profit for students to work with. DD30 were lucky enough to work for Canuck Place, a children’s hospice with a small team and a big heart. We were all excited by the opportunity to work for them and immediately felt an emotional connection to the project.
The brief included both a micro-site and a promotional motion piece. With the encouragement of the staff at DD, each team began by researching our client.
Congratulations to recent graduate Ignacio (Nacho) Osorio for winning a Salazar Award in the Video & Motion category for his project, The Path. This follows last year’s win by Cesar Martinez in the same category. VFS Digital Design (DD) students have historically done extremely well in creating award-winning motion projects almost every year since 2007 when VFS was first eligible for the Salazars. These awards are presented by GDC/BC and founding sponsor Metropolitan Fine Printers. DD also captured a record number of finalists and honourable mentions in both the Interactive and Video & Motion categories this year.
Kelsey Hemphill/Jordan Barber (Interactive)
Stephanie Ching Yee Leung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala (Video & Motion)
Yan Jamacaru (Video & Motion) for two entries
Ignacio Osorio (Video & Motion)
Lina Plata Chung (Interactive)
Shafakat Reshamvala (Video & Motion)
Congratulations to Digital Design class 30! On April 23rd, we held our graduation ceremony and Awards Show for class 30. Red Borrowman, Program Manager, oversaw the ceremony and introduced each speaker. Louise Lee, Head of Department, delivered the keynote speech, and Nida Fatima, Motion Design Instructor, offered one last lesson as the elected instructor speaker. Kirstin Smith and Kelsey Hemphill were the elected student speakers who represented the graduating class.
We’re proud to share some recent packaging design projects by Class 30. They were completed for a course taught by Vida Jurcic, who guided the students through the entire design process. She covered branding principles, copy requirements, regulations, and guidelines for preparing files for printing. The results are stunning.
Descent by J.Y Lum
Teaesta by Jordan Barber
Digital Design Class 30 students created some stunning light painting images as part of a recent lesson in the Experimental Practices course. Instructor Dougal Muir led the first part of the lesson on crafting a personal mantra, quote or positioning statement. This mantra provided the students a starting point for the light painting visual experiments. I guided the second part of the lesson where I provided some sources of inspiration and talked about the technical requirements. By using slow shutter speeds and various light sources in a dark room, we captured a series of interesting light trails and patterns. The students also “wrote” a piece of their mantras using light painting techniques with the intention of further post-processing. This lesson consistently produces great work, and it is always fun to take part in it.