(guest post by Sean Wright, DD35)
This past Wednesday (June 1st), the 35th Digital Design class had the distinct pleasure of visiting the work space of The Sequence Group, a premier design, visual effects and animation team that happens to be located here in Vancouver.
Guided as always by the vigilant Danny Chan
and stoic Grigor Cheitanov
, we paired off using the buddy system and departed the halls of higher learning at 420 Homer St. for a brief trek through historic Gastown. You can tell that Sequence have their fingers on the pulse of the city by their choice of location: Railtown
. East of Main St. and north of Alexander St., this former industrial area is Vancouver’s next hot target for gentrification and redevelopment, and this studio has literally settled in at the ground floor.The Sequence Group got their start 10 years ago as a private venture by founder Ian Kirby
: designing websites, DVD interfaces, motion comics and animated gifs for whomever needed the business. Since then, it has grown to a 15-person team (exact numbers vary by project, swelling to up to 50 strong for large jobs such as last year’s Halo: The Fall of Reach) that is proud to include two VFS DD grads.Upon our arrival the studio was operating under at least one non-disclosure agreement involving projects for the upcoming E3 Convention (video game Christmas) taking place in Los Angeles later this month, so our tour was swift and to the point. We were introduced to the team in their converted industrial space complete with three storey ceilings and rolling windowed doors facing onto a waterfront courtyard, but then quickly whisked away to the cinema room for a thorough demonstration of the team’s completed projects guided by Executive Producer Dan Sioui
. Thank you, Sequence Group, for having us!
(guest post by Shafakat Reshamvala)
Sequence. Yes, we definitely did something right last term to have been given the opportunity to visit this studio that creates truly incredible work . We visited Sequence in the Railtown district of Vancouver for one of our four Industry IQ agency visits.
The Sequence Group – 2013 – Spring from Sequence on Vimeo.
Absolutely amazed by Sequence’s astounding demo reel, we, the class DD30, were warmly welcomed by Dan Sioui (Executive Producer) and Elisa Wolfenden (Production Coordinator) to the cozy theatre room at Sequence. Dan shared his experience at Sequence and revealed what makes it a beautiful process working at a creative studio of talented individuals. Sequence burst into the industry by producing motion comics, and now generates work that encompasses animation, advertising, title sequences, live action and visual effects.
Tucked down a narrow alleyway in the heart of Gastown, it wouldn’t be hard to miss the entrance to Sequence, the motion design studio that myself and half of class DD22 had the opportunity to visit in late January. Their work, however, is anything but hard to miss! From the Vancouver Canucks intro visuals at Rogers Arena to video game cut scenes from some of the biggest AAA titles out there, Sequence certainly sets a high bar for itself. With around 20 employees, the studio offers it all including live action, post production and of course digital work.