Back in August, VFS Digital Design greeted a new, diverse and exciting group of students. We’re looking forward to seeing them develop their professional careers as future designers. But first, let’s get to know a bit about some of them.
Creative Beginnings features five new students — a different one each week — from a variety of backgrounds, who tell us where they’re from, what their hopes and dreams are, what their inspirations are, what their first impressions are about the program, about their fellow classmates, about Vancouver, and what they do to have fun!
For five weeks, each Tuesday, we present an interview with one of them and a nice portrait photo taken by our very own Danny Chan.
Sep 18 : Ya-Rou Tiffany Tsai
Sep 25 : Craig Wilson
Oct 02 : Laura Patricia Hernández Torres
Oct 09 : Ian Brady
Today (Oct 16) : Seerat Bawa
Day 3 of the Digital Design Summer Intensive started with a tutorial in Photoshop, lead by Senior Instructor Myron Campbell, with help by Teaching Assitant Thomas McKeen. After a brief but comprehensive introduction to the interface, including a rundown of some of the critical tools that would be needed for the excercise, as well as some handy tips for working with a smoother flow (e.g., good keyboard shortcuts for managing your workspace and quick toggling between tools), Myron guided the students in the next phase of their project (Branding a Superhero), which was creating a background using Masking and Blending techniques. Later, the results would be used in the After Effects workshop as backgrounds for their Superhero Motion piece, where they would demonstrate their character’s special pose and super power, as is shown above with the awesome Mustache Man.
The Digital Design Summer Intensive continued today with students getting guidance and direction from Digital Design’s Digital Media Specialist Danny Chan and Senior Instructor Kyle Norby for video shooting their superhero/villain poses against a Green Screen. Danny Started off with some basic information about Green Screen techniques and technology, and made recommendations for clothing colour, set lighting, and camera framing. He also included some good tips, such as the virtues of using Video cameras over SLR cameras for shooting Green Screen.
We recently had our first Motion Design Showcase, and it was very cool to see so many creative motion graphic works from different classes. I decided I would present my own work here on OOMPH. Although, I’m not sure what I should talk about. Ha Ha. But I will try.
I have a background in Graphic Design, but Motion Design is kind of new to me. I’ve never used After Effects a lot before I came to VFS Digital Design — just for keying the green screen and interface knowledge.
Our Term 1 Motion Project was to create a 20-45 second Motion Graphic Video with a story and some graphic animations. When I first got the brief, I struggled with it a lot — for two reasons: First of all, deciding on a story was hard for me; And secondly, I was unsure about what I could do with my limited After Effects knowledge.
April brought in a new, exciting and diverse group of students to join us here at VFS Digital Design! Throughout their program year, OOMPH will be featuring stories about their creative process, their inspirations and their development into Professional Digital Designers.
Creative Beginnings features five students, a different one each week, from a variety of backgrounds, who offer up their initial impressions, their goals, hopes and dreams — and also tell us how they have fun! Follow along as these students develop and grow into the next Industry Creatives. Every Tuesday for five weeks, we will showcase one of them in Q&A format with a photo taken by our very own Danny Chan.
May 22 : Mehdi ponders the mysteries
May 29 : Novita (Vivi) Prasetia knits prospects for her own school
June 5 : Skylar Lange won’t stop analyzing until he gets to the beach
June 12 : Cristina Bucardo shares her passion for art, music and fashion
June 19 : Francois Gauthier mixes up new recipes for Motion Design
Name: Francois Gauthier
Age: I am 35 years young
From: Quebec City, Canada
Background: I graduated from a culinary school back in 1997. This led me to work as a chef in restaurants around the world. I finally settled in Whistler, BC. My love for the mountains and snowboarding reinforced that choice. I moved out of the kitchen 9 years ago to become a bartender and bar manager.
Aside from snowboarding, playing tennis and golfing, my latest hobby is to make animations and short films.
5 years from now, I see myself working in the field of Motion Design and having a lot of fun doing it.