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    20+ years of excellence, Canada's School of Visual Effects.

    20+ years of excellence, Canada's School of Visual Effects (VFX). Complete your training in Effects, Lighting, or Compositing. 99% placement rate. The studio that teaches. The award-winning Lost Boys Studios operates this extraordinary school of visual effects. With its roots as an internationally renowned VFX boutique with 20+ years of excellence. Lost Boys has pioneered craft-centric specialized Diploma & Certificate Programs for feature film VFX production delivered from within a studio environment. Focused & specialized training sets a solid foundation for growth, puts you in demand, and maximizes your career potential. Alumni enjoy a combined placement rate of 99% at jobs found within their field of study. Lost Boys is your best chance at a career in VFX.

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    I’m impressed to hear about the real-world compositing; visual effects problems being posed to the students at Lost Boys. We’ve seen very few curriculum’s, in the US or Canada, which offer students a chance to be challenged by such realistic production problems. We’re eager to work with the new the budding stars that are heading toward graduation.

    Rob Taylor Creative Director

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    • Founded
      1996
    • Students
      11-50
    • Staff
      11-50
    • Type
      Private
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    • Mark Bénard
      January 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      As the Founder of Lost Boys, with 20+ years of experience producing award winning visual effects, I personally oversee all our Programs. We have worked very hard to create the most relevant and streamlined educational pathway to lead our students towards successful careers in visual effects. Huge thanks to the Rookies, being ranked as the 2018 – #1 Visual Effects School for Canada is an incredible honour to us and we look forward to continuing to set the bar for Visual Effects education. Good luck and congratulations to everyone in their journey towards careers in the creative industry!

    • kaustubh.kaloti
      January 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      “I was one of the fortunate ones who got to go to this school! It was a lot more like working in a world class studio in a very professional environment, less like in a school with super scheduled classes and uber boring teachers! The most fun part are the projects! You really get to live and feel the movie magic! You will learn VFX from its very basic forms to the most advanced. Help was always around! It was us setting the bar, as to how far we wanted to take our projects and we had all the help to get us up there! It’s an industry ready package and a life time experience that’s gonna last for ever! It’s a problem solving, anticipating, collaboration, attitude. Lost Boys, that’s who we are! Now I am working on Avengers as a Compositor. After Lost Boys, my dreams finally came true!”

    • andrewrzeller
      January 25, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      If you love movies and are serious about wanting to work in visual effects, then this is the place for you. It’s Hogwarts + the Jedi Academy + Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters + S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, all mixed into one. The alumni are working in the industry and there is a strong sense of family and community among us. I’m proud to be a Lost Boys’ graduate. They helped me find work as a Compositor in the industry, and now I’m working there as one of the instructors, helping students develop their skills, expand their knowledge, and launch their careers in VFX!

    • valis142
      January 27, 2019 at 2:47 am

      Lost Boys is the best place if you want to work in the vfx industry. Mark and Ria(The founders) are wonderful and supportive. This is not like other schools. You have real chance to learn relevant skills from industry veterans. You will spend your best possible year if you choose to join the Lost Boys family. And after that year you will be able to work on the latest movies. Seems a pretty good deal to me.

    • ebivar
      January 29, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      The Lighting program at Lost Boys is comprehensive, intensive, and specialized. I consider it essential to my artistic development. It will really sharpen your eye for lighting. It is mind blowing that in such a short time your skills can be improved so naturally, both technically and artistically. On the technical side we have the experience of visual effects veterans combined with the power of Katana, and lab classes like the classical portrait lighting are just awe-inspiring. I’m really grateful for how the program highly qualified me and I received a great job offer from one of the best studios in the world, even before the course was complete!

    • shira.mala
      January 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      Choosing Lost Boys was absolutely the best choice I’ve made for starting my career in the VFX industry. More than the vast knowledge Ganz and Mark have in this field, they (and Ria) really care about each and every student, and make their best efforts to help students after graduation with job placement. Moving to the other side of the world is definitely a risk and may seem crazy to most people, but Lost Boys makes you feel at home from the first step you take into the school

    • Le Yang
      January 29, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Going to Lost Boys is the way to go if you want to work as a Compositor in the VFX industry. Coming from an on-set, live action film background, I never really knew which direction I wanted to pursue in the film industry. A lot of my friends transitioned into VFX work, and one of them told me about Lost Boys. It was hands down the best experience I’ve had at a school. It will really train you 100% to be prepared to work in the industry as an artist. Everything from the way the studio is set up to the skills and incredible mentorship you get from the teachers: every aspect of Lost Boys helps you prepare for actually working in a real studio environment. Everywhere you go, the mention of Lost Boys only brings respect from industry professionals and I’m incredibly proud and grateful to be a part of the VFX family that Mark, Ria, Ganz, and Andrew have worked hard to build over the years. Since finishing my year at Lost Boys, I’ve had so many opportunities to work on huge projects I never thought I could be a part of otherwise.

    • diego.rebello
      January 29, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      Having the opportunity to study at Lost Boys | School of VFX was the best professional choice I’ve made in my life. Great school, professional, excellent instructors, really good structure, amazing and a very focused program. It was such a great experience, projects based on how the best studios around the world work, technical lectures, latest techniques, and really good career advice. Lost Boys really cares about its students. They make sure that they’re successful in their VFX career. I had such a great time and made huge improvement. Even before I finish the program I got a job in one of the world class VFX studios. And what a surprise I had when I was selected and awarded by The Rookies 2016 for an Internship! I really feel prepared and confident to take any professional challenge in my career thanks to the support from Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects. I’ve been working in the industry for a while now, and looking back, I’m really glad I got into Lost Boys. Diego Rebello | Compositor/Digital Paint Artist

    • larryngovfx
      January 29, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      I had a very positive experience at Lost Boys. From day one, Mark are Ria were dedicated to making sure my classmates and I would succeed in launching our careers into the VFX industry. It’s a small school and the benefit is that I got dedicated time with Ganz (Comp Instructor) New and Andrew (Comp T.A.’s), and picked up extra tricks from senior students of the previous semester. The curriculum is specifically designed to get you ready for the industry. A lot of what I do at work can be traced back to what I learned at Lost Boys. I really liked that the school mimics a work environment with dailies/screenings of our progress, an open work space, and team based projects. As a result, the transition from school to work was quite smooth for me. I’ve found that the Lost Boy’s name is well-respected in the industry and has given me an advantage in applying for work.

    • yan.hirschbuehl
      January 30, 2019 at 3:44 am

      After some years in motion graphics and post-production in Europe, I felt the urge for new challenges and to increase my skillset! This, in combination with the dream of working on a blockbuster movie one day, or even to be part of an Oscar-winning VFX team, brought me to Vancouver to study VFX compositing at Lost Boys. Some research and insider statements (alumni) made my choice easy and clear: if I want to go deep and be fully equipped for a career in VFX, I needed to study at Lost Boys. My time there will never be forgotten: I could learn so much, had the best support and teachers and team I could possibly imagine. Although it’s a tough and intense program, there is space to have an awesome time with the other students and Lost Boys team. Without Lost Boys, I would not have been able to work on Blade Runner 2049 and other projects I was passionate about. I would recommend Lost Boys anytime!

    • vitorlibardi81
      January 30, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      I always had passion for arts and Visual Effects, but never had the opportunity to explore that passion. So when I decided to change my career and started researching schools in Vancouver, a friend who was a senior artist in the Visual Effects industry referred Lost Boys. After visiting the school and talking with some alumni I was 100% sure that would be the perfect fit for me. It is a small school with small classes so you feel that the teaching is very personalized and there are no questions unanswered. The staff is great and the instructors are up to date with what is going on in the industry. I had great classmates from different parts of the world with different backgrounds and I learned a lot from them too.

      After I graduated the school was always supportive trying to find practicum and work placement and they were always available when I needed, so I feel that I can still count on them even after the classes are done. When working in the studios I felt that the school really prepared me for the challenges I faced as a junior artist so I am very happy that I chose Lost Boys and would recommend it to anyone looking for a career in Visual Effects.”

    • Sunna Mogensen
      January 31, 2019 at 12:18 am

      I am so happy that I found Lost Boys. Having a big interest in both art and science, and a 3D generalist background, the FXTD program was the perfect choice for me. The year long intense program does not only teach the most important software and technical skills, but it also teaches you how to study, observe and think like an FXTD. Having weekly screenings and simulated production experience throughout the program also really boosted my confidence when it comes to presenting my work and it prepared me well for working in the industry. I have so many great memories from Lost Boys: the friendly and cozy environment, the warm and welcoming staff and talented teachers, and of course all the amazing Lost Boys from around the world that I got to know – an experience that will last a lifetime!

    • angiolma.mara
      January 31, 2019 at 11:53 am

      The experience I had at Lost Boys School of Visual Effects is not comparable to any other school I attended in the past: when you join Lost Boys you are not only joining a school but you’re becoming part of a community that has members living and working internationally. Considering that the VFX world is a small community, you’ll find yourself creating connections with other artists who have also attended Lost Boys previously.

      I’m currently living in London and I’ve been working with colleagues (mostly European) that are well-aware of Lost Boys Studios, so I can say that the school is not only famous and trusted in Vancouver and Montreal Studios but also internationally.

      Overall I must say that my personal experience at Lost Boys was pretty straightforward (of course with some worries towards the end of the course for the question that every student asks themselves: “Will I get a job?” By the way, the answer is yes!)

      I came from a more artistic background and I believe that Lost Boys, being so focus on specific job and tasks among the VFX chain, was the right choice for me and for people who don’t have more technical experience in the field.

      I studied in the Compositing program and the course is very well structured to allow you to absorb enough technical and soft skills to start as a junior in any studio. I say junior because based on the fact that after school we don’t have experience in the field you are often considered a junior; but you’ll probably find that your junior level is slightly higher than the other juniors with the same amount of experience.

      During the program you are welcome to stay extra time in studio to keep working on your projects or develop other skills. The school has a lot of tutorials available to you regarding lighting, colour theory, and other software. The overall experience was also improved by my classmates, who were always helpful and we shared the same laughs and fears. The Compositing program instructors, Ganz and Andrew were always available to personally help and take the time to sit next to you for any issue: technical or artistic. They also organise events such as movie nights or board game nights to involve everyone and spend some quality time to know each other. Mark and Ria (Lost Boys Directors) often organise parties and BBQ at the school where all the present and past Lost Boys are invited to join and where I was able to meet people already working in the industry.

      To sum up Lost Boys was actually the school that started my career and where I met a lot of nice people that share the same interests!

    • junjun.zhu123
      February 1, 2019 at 1:13 am

      I was a finance professional working in Los Angeles prior to joining Lost Boys. Looking back, it was a leap of faith for me to make the decision of changing careers and moving to a new country, but I cannot be happier with my choice.

      Lost Boys is a school that is in touch with the real world. Unlike the traditional academic setting, where learning is often focused on critical theory, Lost Boys teaches the practical.

      I not only learned how to use the software, but more importantly, how to identify and solve problems, how to organize data and manage workflow, how to interpret creative input, and how to continue to grow as an artist after graduation. I find these skills invaluable in a studio environment, where each show is unique and comes with its own set of challenges.

    • katelinvfx
      February 11, 2019 at 12:24 am

      Lost Boys isn’t a magical place that makes you a great artist by giving you “the secrets” of VFX. No. Lost Boys TEACHES and GUIDES you one step at a time so you can have solid skills from the fundamentals to advances. They won’t tell you how to do it, but they will help you so YOU can figure out how. They have brilliant instructors that can explain difficult concepts with the simplest logics so you can comprehend completely. I never regretted joining Lost Boys; it’s really is the best school of VFX.

    • chemamhws
      February 21, 2019 at 7:31 am

      I have been working in VFX for the past five years now. When I think back on my experience as a student in Lost Boys I know that I made the right choice.
      The value of my investment on time and money as a student is one of the aspects that makes me feel rewarded on my decision.
      I enjoyed very much the classes and the practical side.
      I felt prepared to transition into a job as a VFX artist.
      If I had the chance to choose where to go to school again this would definitely be my choice
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