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Jan. 26
2016

Calling all Ontario Computer Animation and Visual Effects Studios!

Announcing the Launch of an Economic Profile of Ontario’s Computer Animation and VFX Industry in Ontario

Dear CASO Members and others-

We’re delighted to let you know that CASO has successfully engaged Nordicity – with funding from the OMDC – to undertake the next Economic Profile of the Computer Animation and Visual Effects Industry in Ontario. The last study took place in 2012 and reported on our industry’s activity between 2008 and 2010.

Providing government agencies with up-to-date information on our activities is vitally important to making sure that the policies and programs which support our industry are maintained. In fact, the results of the 2012 study [http://nordicity.com/media/2015930vwtwakhhe.pdf] were credited with helping to mitigate the reduction of our tax credit.  

How can I support the research?

Nordicity has developed a short survey [http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CASO_Industry_Profile_2015/] asking for information on your past year of activities, projects, revenues and expenditures. This survey questionnaire [http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CASO_Industry_Profile_2015/] is best completed by someone in your company with knowledge of corporate financial and human resource information and should only take 20 minutes to complete.

To support these efforts please click here to be taken to the survey before February 1. [http://fluidsurveys.com/s/CASO_Industry_Profile_2015/]

Confidentiality

CASO and Nordicity guarantee the protection and confidentiality of the data provided by your organization. Your responses to this survey will be combined with that of all our other respondents for aggregate analysis only; under no circumstances will individual company data be communicated or disseminated.

What’s in it for me?

Your participation in this study is enormously important. Your responses will ensure that we can develop an accurate picture of the Computer Animation and Visual Effects Study in Ontario. Such a picture is essential to our collective efforts; it will assist CASO’s work in representing industry interests to key government decision makers and influencers. It will also help companies to understand and take action on important opportunities.

If you have any questions, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Nordicity’s Julie Whelan at jwhelan@nordicity.com.

About Nordicity

Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm that provides economic, strategic and policy analysis, and development services to both public and private clients in the cultural, media, entertainment and ICT industries. The firm has an established record of research and analysis in the media and entertainment industries, including digital media and publishing.

 

Jun. 17
2015

NIFF INDUSTRY DAY

NIFF INDUSTRY DAY

Saturday June 20​th​,

White Oaks Idea Loft 253 Taylor Road SS4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada L0S 1J0

 

Speakers:

● Cam Haynes​, Consultant, Cam Haynes Enterprises

● Paul Gratton​, Film and Television Consultant

● Don Carmody​, Owner, Don Carmody Productions

● Rita Ferrari,​​Director, Brand and Marketing, shomi

Moderator:

​Steve Gow​, Founder / Head Writer, StrictlyDocs.com

 

Click here for the full schedule and information 

May. 18
2015

Date Change: Annual General Meeting May 28th, 2015

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Notice of Annual General Meeting of CASO to be followed by "Town Hall" meeting of members and stakeholders to discuss impact of recent Ontario Budget amendments affecting the visual effects and animation industry.

On behalf of CASO, I would encourage all members to attend the Annual General Meeting and meet your past and future Board. 

After the AGM there will be a "town hall" meeting, moderated by Neishaw Ali, to discuss CASO's concerns and position on the recent amendments to the Tax Credits in the  recent Ontario Budget.

Date: May 28th, 2015

May. 13
2015

Friday May 15th, Come Join Us!

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The Event is designed to create opportunities for the Film and Television community graduating students, freelance and creative artists  to meet studio representatives from across Ontario.
 
There is NO COST to attend this event filled with screenings and guest speakers from our VFX & Animation Industry.

Grab your FREE tickets here!
 
This is an opportunity for graduates, senior level students in the field, freelancers and artist to meet studios one-on-one, and studios to meet the community of artistic and technical talents that can help augment their team.
 
PARTICIPATING STUDIOS:

House of Cool Studios, Guru Studio, SpinVFX, Arc Productions, Intelligent Creatures,Mr X Inc, Master Key VFX, Corus Entertainment, Mark Media/Stargate Studios, 3Vis, Rocket Science VFX, Pipeline Studios, Keyframe Digital, Snowball Studios, Eggplant Pictures,
Side Effects Software, AIC Movie, Kelen Content, StereoD, Ryerson University, SwitchVFX, ACM SIGGRAPH, SohoVFX, Centennial College,  Georgebrown College, SIRT, Max the Mutt, and Toon Box!

Sign up and upload your students reels here for a chance to win an internship, winners will be announced Friday MAy 15th! 

Internship opportunities provided by: 
Keyframe Digital, SpinVFX and Rocket Science!

 
*Corus will be conducting a studio tour at 2:00pm to the first 10 students to register at their booth!
 
For further information please contact Shirlyn Antonio 
shirlyn@casont.ca or 416-207-9142 

Apr. 27
2015

Michael Macedonia: Next Generation Virtual Worlds

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The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and TorCHI are excited to bring to you our first joint ACM Distinguished Speaker Presentation: “Next Generation Virtual Worlds” presented by Michael Macedonia.

Dr. Macedonia is a computer scientist and an expert on virtual environments, computer games, and military simulation. His prolific and distinguished career includes highlights such as serving as the Director of the Disruptive Technology Office (now IARPA) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the United States, and as a contributing editor for the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Dr. Macedonia was responsible for developing the technology strategy for the U.S. Army’s lead training and simulation system development organization. He also led the Army’s effort to develop the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, and promoted the adoption of advanced commercial game technology for simulation and education. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Central Florida.

Mike will cover the challenges and research issues for large scale, persistent virtual worlds in the 21st century. After nearly fifteen years, virtual worlds are on the verge of demonstrating their disruptive potential, as they are enabling new innovations in business models that go far beyond entertainment and into diverse fields such as medicine, national security, diplomacy, learning, and psychology. However, these innovations are bringing about new demands and requirements for virtual world technologies, features, and policies. Whatever the challenges, virtual worlds now offer a new medium for making computing more tangible and collaboration more powerful.

Join us April 30th, 2015 for his talk on Next Generation Virtual Reality. Two opportunities to get your VR fix:

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
AMD Markham
1 Commerce Valley Dr. East
Markham, Ontario  (map)
(Note: kindly bring valid government ID for this location!)

Get tickets now! (AMD location)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Toronto
Bahen Building (BA), Room 1170
40 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario  (map)

Get tickets now! (UofT location)

Entrance is FREE for Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH and TorCHI members.
Non-member admission: $15

Be there! (Virtual attendance not yet available).

A Special THANK YOU to our sponsors!

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