Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects
20+ years of excellence, Canada's School of Visual Effects. The Studio that Teaches.
Complete your training in Effects, Lighting, or Compositing. The award-winning Lost Boys Studios operates two extraordinary schools of visual effects. With its roots as an internationally renowned VFX boutique with 20+ years of excellence, Lost Boys has both pioneered and mastered 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. We are the Studio that Teaches.
Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels. The nature of project based curriculum is that it is flexible and can be scaled to push the students’ abilities. Our graduates enter into VFX careers in high end film and episodics. Depending on their experience prior to joining our programs, they have been accepted into junior, mid level, and senior artist positions. Our alumni enjoy open doors within every major VFX Production Studio. It's always a special moment for us to see photos of our alumni holding Academy & Emmy Awards, sometimes shortly after entering their careers!
Alumni Employment Rates
99% of graduates found work in their program of study. That number reflects every graduate (275) dating back 11 years to class 1. The only graduates not included in that number are students that have chosen to continue studies. (only 3 in total) Of our FXTD, Compositing, and Lighting programs we have enjoyed 100% placement, a testament to specialized programs based on craft.
•Diego Rebello | Compositor Industrial Light & Magic. (2016 Graduate)
Having the opportunity to study at Lost Boys | School of VFX was the best professional choice I’ve made in my life. It’s a great school with professional, excellent instructors, really good structure, and an amazing and a very focused program. It was such a great experience, with 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 a huge improvement. Even before I finished the program I got a job in one of the top world class VFX studios.
Facilities & Staff
We have designed a hybrid environment that simulates production as closely as possible. We consider ourselves a boutique school and pride ourselves in high instructor to student ratios, allowing for more personalized teaching. We believe strongly in having full time teaching staff, allowing for solid relationships to form, setting the stage for our instructors to nurture our students to their highest potential. Our hardware and software is selected based on current pipelines in the high end feature film market. We have comfortable personal workspaces within an open floor plan surrounded by the legacy of our alumni film credit posters. We strive to create an inspirational space providing a taste of the best parts of VFX culture. We are the studio that teaches.
Program Dependent: 1/ Compositing Program - NukeX, Silhouette, Mocha, & V-Ray for Nuke 2/ FXTD Program - Houdini (Mantra, Arnold, and Redshift) & Nuke 3/ Lighting Program - Katana (Arnold, Renderman, V-Ray), Maya, & Nuke.
Our students are assigned their own custom built VFX workstations based on the Linux OS. (Compositing stations also include Wacom Tablets). We run on a server based workflow with all curriculum, software, and student files stored on our secure Server. FXTD’s and Lighters will also have access to our Renderfarm
Here is a small sample of artwork created by students during their time at the school. This quality of work is used by students' to apply for jobs.
We are a trade school which trains for careers in high end visual effects and animation production. As the vast majority of jobs are now part of very large department based studio pipelines, educational curriculum must reflect this with equally specialized programs. Through our experience, the traditional education model fails to effectively produce the high level of skill required to enter into sustainable employment.
Our craft based programs (FX, Lighting, and Compositing) has our students focussing their development on essential department based skills. This allows students to achieve a very high level of mastery within a one year timeline, far exceeding the expected outcomes from general study programs spanning multiple years. At the core of our curriculum is project based learning, simulating production patterns, creating valuable portfolio content, and adapting to the individual training goals.
|Advanced VFX Compositing (Nuke) Diploma||1 Year||Canadian Students - $37,900.00. International Students - $39,900.00||September & March|
|Effects Technical Director (FXTD-Houdini) Diploma||1 Year||Canadian Students - $41,900.00. International Students - $43,900.00||September & March|
|Lighting Artist Program (Katana) Certificate||4 Months||Canadian Students - $12,900.00. International Students - $13,500.00||2 intakes per year, rotating dates, please inquire.|
We take great pride in our close industry connections. Industry advisors contribute to our curriculum development through our Program Advisory Committees (Comprised of Dept. Leads & Senior Artists) as well as periodic visits to see student progress and speak about employment opportunities within their studios. Department Leads and Recruiters also provide formal feedback during screenings of our students’ reels as they approach graduation.
DNeg, ILM, Animal Logic, Cinesite, Rodeo, and Method are historically some of the most active studios in collaborating with us. Our Department Leads maintain contact with past graduates, receiving tips and feedback on any new production trends and on creating smoother job entry preparation for our current students. We are also proud to host Vancouver’s primary VFX Job Board. (vfxvancouver.com)
The following studios hire students from this school: ILM, DNeg, MPC, Framestore, Sony Imageworks, Digital Domain, Cinesite, Method, Scanline VFX, Mill Film, Pixomondo, Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Rodeo FX, Image Engine, BUF, Zoic, Embassy, CoSA VFX, Mr X, Encore, Hydraulx, Vitality, Moment Factory, Blue Sky Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and more..
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