Friends and colleagues,

Sep 16 2014
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In 2007, I first became involved with a newly formed Association: CASO.  At that time, it was a group of studio owners who, the year before, wanted to organize an association to advocate and promote the industry;its founding members included Tom Turnbull (Rocket), Neil Williamson (Invisible), Ron Estey (CORE), Frank Falcone (Guru) and Dennis Berardi(Mr. X); Christa Tazzeo was then the one who put it all together and kept things on track.

Obviously, like the original founders, CASO is still around 7 years later, and still promoting and advocating on behalf of the visual effects and animation studios in Ontario. Our membership has grown substantially, as has our member services and presence worldwide under the stewardship of past Presidents including Neil Williamson, Michael Carter, Wes Lui, and Neishaw Ali; I can only hope to continue this trend of growth, and will rely heavily on our Director Shirlyn Antonio, and the present Board of Neishaw Ali (Spin), Wes Lui (House of Cool), Jamie Goodman (Guru), Judy Leung (Corus), Catherine Andrews (Rocket), Tavia Charlton (Masterkey) Bob Munroe and Steve Rich (Soho). A great group indeed.

As we move forward with the orgnaization, we do so at a time of strength in the industry; indeed, the past couple of years have witnessed the busiest times in Film and Television Production in Ontario, with our studios benefiting from the work created. We are thankful for the wonderful relations we have, and continue to have, with the Ontario Media Development Corporation,  the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Toronto Film Office; and the same thanks to other organizations in Ontario, with whom we have close ties with, such as Film Ontario, the DGC, and Interactive Ontario.

We intend to continue this through: 

  • trade missions for VFX and Animation studios to key destinations and trade shows;
  • promoting the high calibre of work performed here as well as the overall infrastructure;
  • introduce production studios to members;
  • develop relationships with organizations similar to CASO, in other countries;
  • promote co-production opportunities;
  • develop and further technological assistance through partnerships in Education and Innovation centres;
  • ensure close relationships with related local organizations and associations

As an association we do face challenges,  not the least of which is financial; at the moment, all internally generated activities are funded through membership dues - grants or other monies are specifically allocated to particular programs.CASO requires a great deal of effort and time, so for that reason, we will be aggressively pursuing sponsorship monies which will allow us to maintain and improve membership services and benefits. The CASO website will be key to the communication to members and to the transparency of the organization to the membership. Wes Lui has circulated a memo to all members about accessing the site to promote their studios and let us all share in the good news!

This promises to be a challenging year for CASO to ensure its relevency, its sustainability, membership services, and expansion to not just the GTA and Horsehoe, but to all of Ontario.  With a dynamic Board, a great Manager, and with your help, we can only get better and better!


All the best and good luck with your projects! Go Ontario!!!




CAS0 President


Toon Boom Master Classes at Max the Mutt in August!

Aug 15 2014
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Max the Mutt Animation School and Toon Boom Animation invite you to participate to one of the training sessions we are organizing this summer. These Master Classes are designed to give you a good knowledge of the leading Toon Boom professional products for storyboarding and animation.


Courses outline

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro: From Script to Animatic

Day 1: Intro, user interface, importing assets, drawing tools, project organization, working in a 3d space
Day 2: Animatic tools, camera moves, output, integration with other programs (editing, 3d)

Group A: August 12 and 14 (1 to 4 pm)  |  Group B: August 19 and 21 (1 to 4 pm)

Toon Boom Harmony: From Animatic to Reel
Day 1: User interface, vector & bitmap drawing, traditional, and paperless animation, scene layout
Day 2: Cut-out animation (character design, rigging), lip-sync, drawing substitution, advanced animation tools
Day 3: Compositing; visual effects, 2d/3d integration, output rendering

Group C: August 11, 13 and 15 (1 to 4 pm)  |  Group D: August 18, 20 and 22 (1 to 4 pm)


120 $ +tax for the Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Master Class

250 $ +tax for the Toon Boom Harmony Master Class


Max the Mutt Animation School

952 Queen Street West. Toronto (ON) M6J 1G8

Participation bonus  

Participants will receive a 3-months license of the relevant software.

Limited availability

There is a maximum capacity of 20 participants per group. Call Now!

To Register
or for more information please contact:

Max the Mutt Animation School
(416) 703-6877  |


Toon Boom Animation
(514) 490-6478  |


Register Today For the Digital Marketplace Meetup, it's FREE!

May 21 2014

Join us for our 2nd annual digital jobfair! There is no cost for the event just register through our eventbrite page.

We are also looking for students who would like to submit their reels to be watched by some of the top studios and executives. To enter just follow the link bellow:

This years studio participants are (Tables 1-15):

CASO's 2nd Annual Digital Job Fair

May 13 2014
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MAY 27st, 2014



This digital market ``Meet up`` is designed to create opportunities for the Film and Television community graduating students and freelance creative artists  to meet studio representatives from across Ontario.

We are inviting you to participate in this inaugural event

There is NO COST to attend this all day event filled with panel discussions, screenings and guest speakers.

Studios, Colleges and Sponsors are invited to take part in this event in the Council Chambers from 1-4pm.

Students and studio reels will be played all day in the chambers.

Tables, chairs and cable outputs will be provided for all our participating studios/sponsors

This is your opportunity for your studio to meet the community of artistic and technical talents that can help augment your team.

If you would like to participate in this year`s Digital Market ``Meet up``, please contact Shirlyn Antonio at

Annual General Meeting, April 30th 2014

Apr 15 2014

The Computer Animation Studios of Ontario will be hosting their Annual General Meeting at the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre (OITC) during lunch, and would like to invite you, to join us, in officially welcoming our members for 2014-2015 to the Board.  

Please RSVP your attendance to

Here are the list of Nominees for this year’s Board of Directors.

Location: Ontario Investment Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Introducing The 2014 Board Nominees!

Below are your nominations for this year`s CASO Board Members.


Neishaw Ali
President /Executive Producer

Neishaw has been involved in the Film and Television Industry since 1988 in the cutting edge of evolution in Visual Effects and Animation. As a founding partner in SPIN, she has helped to shape and mold the Company in the art of Creative Science where there is a harmonious blend of both the Artistic Sensibilities and Business Strategy.

SPIN has been creating VFX, Animation, Matte Painting and Motion design for the feature film, television series, commericial and broastcast markets with facilities in Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta and Los Angeles. They bring over 20 years of visual effects and animation experience to your Production in the areas of Onset Supervision through to Digital Matte Painting, 2D/3D Animation and Title Design. As your VFX Production partner, we are committed to creative excellence and sensitive to your budgetary constraints.


Brian Simpson
Surface2air Media Inc.

Brian attended High School in Don Mills and Brampton and btained his BBA (Hon) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1983 and  read laws at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

After first year law, Brian returned to Ontario and undertook his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Toronto. He then worked a few years for Air Canada, before completing his law degree. He was called in 1996 and was a regular Barrister before all levels of court in Ontario.

In 2006, Brian joined Keyframe as Vice-President (Finance and Legal Affairs) where he immersed himself in the general area of Entertainment law, intellectual property rights, negotiation agreements for Production Services, Distribution, Broadcast, Interactive Media, Music rights, Writer’s Guild, Actors Guild, co-production agreements, and importantly, Tax credit issues.

In March, 2012, Brian, along with Colin Chilvers and Matt Rockman, started Surface2Air Media to produce indie CAVCO films. Brian continues to practice law in matters  in the areas of litigation, criminal and entertainment laws.


Robert Munroe
Executive Producer

Bob has been the Visual Effects Supervisor on projects such as Cube, Caveman’s Valentine, Finding Forrester, Splice, The Tudors, Dolphin Tale and The Borgias, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. He was Second Unit Director on Splice, The Tudors and Nothing, Co-producer of The Tudors and Executive Producer of Academy Award winning director Chris Landreth’s short film The Spine.

In the late 1990’s, Bob developed a process that enables animators to match lighting from real world film sets to synthetic lights in a computer generated environment. The process was awarded both U.S. and Canadian patents.

In addition to effects supervision, directing and producing, Bob is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Film Centre and an Adjunct Professor at Sheridan College. He is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), The Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).

Bob is a Professor in Digital Film at the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, China. In 2013 he was appointed to the board of the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario as government liason. Bob is also a board member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society


Mary Bredin
Vice President/ Development + Acquisitions
Guru Studios

Mary Bredin is Vice President of Guru Studio – she joined the Studio as head of development in 2007 and is Co-Executive Producer on Guru’s first original production – JUSTIN TIME. She is a qualified lawyer and is also on the Board of WIFT. She worked in London, UK for 10 years with 8 years spent as Director of Acquisitions + Programming at Disney and worked in Paris at an animation studio for 4 years prior to her work in London. She has a passion for animation and the quality in Ontario inspires her every day.


Darin Bristow
Senior Technical Director
Corus Entertainment Inc

Darin Bristow is a 17-year veteran of the animation industry and has lent his variety of skills to over 20 animated TV series in both the 2D and 3D realms. His creative passion lead him to start his career as a designer on such notable series as Eek the Cat, Ace Ventura and Sam & Max. Bristow then took his design skills into the 3D side of animation to work as a modeler on Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends, The Santa Claus Brothers, and the multiple Emmy Award®-winning Rolie Polie Olie. Bristow's next move further expanded his range as he became a technical director on Rescue Heroes, Nickelodeon's Emmy®-winning Backyardigans and eventually became the technical supervisor for Disney's popular Handy Manny. In 2006, Bristow helped in the retooling of Nelvana's 2D digital pipeline as technical supervisor on Ruby Gloom.


Wes Lui
2010 - 2011 President CASO
House of Cool Studios

Wes worked in commercial lending and personal finance at TD Canada Trust, the Bank of Montreal and CIBC Wood Gundy.  Wes then moved to VFC Inc as Area Finance Manager he helped grow the company to become Canada’s largest sub-prime lending institution, completing an IPO on the TSX and eventually being acquired by TD Canada Trust.

In 2004, Wes left VFC to found House of Cool with long time friend and business partner, Ricardo Curtis. Since then, Wes has acted as the studio’s Director of Operations and has been the producer on all House of Cool productions.  In these roles, Wes has led negotiations with major studios such as Disney, Universal, Fox and Blue Sky Studios.  Wes also played an integral role in structuring the acquisition of high-end computer generated animation studio, Red Rover, in 2008.  


Steven Rich
Director of Sales, North America
Sohonet Inc

Mr. Rich has spent his career as an entrepreneur and business development executive in the media industry. He co-founded FILM&VIDEO Magazine, a leading industry trade publication focused on the use of technology in the creative process. After the sale of FILM&VIDEO Magazine, Mr. Rich went on to launch, a cloud-based service provider of network-based collaborative applications and storage services and later Creative Media Partners, a leading systems integration company for media industry technology in Southern California. Mr. Rich is now the Director of Sales, North America for Sohonet, the leader in global network and cloud services for the media/entertainment industry. Mr. Rich has a degree in marketing and finance from the University of Colorado.


Catherine Andrews
Marketing Manager   |  Business Development 
Rocket Science VFX

As marketing manager for Rocket Science VFX, Catherine is responsible for communicating the proven track record of the studio for excellence in visual effects conceptual design, supervision, production and commitment to providing the best possible experience for its clients.  She has been a part of the studio’s busy roster of projects ranging from Hannibal (NBC) SI & SII, Copper SII (BBC America), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Revolution (NBC) to numerous worldwide features including Dolphin Tale I & II (Alcon/Warner Brothers), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Sony), The Right Kind of Wrong (Serendipity Pictures), The Devil’s Knot (Worldview Ent./Weinstein Co.) and Pompeii (Sony).  She was thrilled for the company president and studio’s recent 2013 TV VFX BAFTA win for Titanic (ITV). 

Prior to entering the visual effects industry, Catherine honed her skills in project management and translating business requirements to conceptual design and implementation, as a Business Analyst-Registered Plans at Franklin Templeton Investments Corporation (FTIC). In her previous role she provided recommendations to all levels of the organization and represented the company to the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).  Catherine has a B.A. degree from York University, and successfully completed the Ontario Securities Commission course (CSC).




Visionary Lunch V.19

Mar 25 2014
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Visionary Lunch V.18 - Monday March 24

Mar 13 2014
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