With over 600 digital media companies employing 16,000 people, Vancouver is a hot bed for digital animation. So hot in fact, that Vancouver has recently been chosen as the location for Sony to develop and produce the upcoming Angry Birds computer generated (CG) features. Packed with creative minds and ample opportunities, the city provides the perfect environment for new business growth.
Mario Pochat, founder and CEO of the Vancouver Animation School, recognized this potential and opened an online school that brings together Vancouver’s talent pool with the growing opportunities in the digital media sector. To do this, Pochat’s school provides access to online education programs in the fields of animation, visual effects and computer graphics. “Our .CA website Vanas.ca is not just a website,” Pochat explains. “Vanas.ca is a complete online campus, where students can connect with each other and with experienced instructors from all around the world.”
Originally from Mexico, Pochat has taught animation all over the world, but was drawn to Canada because of its welcoming attitude towards other cultures, ideas and lifestyles. Recently, Vanas.ca was honoured by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as part of it’s Impact Awards, recognizing .CA websites that make a positive impact in their communities. “I feel like Canada is very talented,” Pochat says. “Through the school and the Vanas.ca site, we are merging the needs of our next generation of talent with the current needs of the industry.”
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