Visionary Lunch V.18 - Monday March 24

Mar 13 2014
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Post Visionary Lunch - Jean Higgins

Dec 20 2013
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and CASO would like to thank everyone for attending the presentation on December 16th, 2013 with Jean Higgins, Producer on Lost. The presentation was well attended and very informative. The Stephen Gallery & Camera Bar provided the perfect intimate setting for the stimulating discussion on Production Management. It was truly a rewarding experience to hear and be present amongst one of the industry`s best Producers. The atmosphere of the evening and the small gathering of guest was the perfect setting for introductions, B2B and socializing with industry professionals.

Jean Higgins was an engaging speaker that captivated the audience with her knowledge, experience, background and professionalism in the industry. Her presentation on LOST from Production to Post was a great insight to the development of the show. It was enlightening to hear her view on how the show started, the development of certain scenes and the various techniques and tools used.
CASO hopes to continue providing stimulating discussions from award winning producers in the upcoming term. It is our mandate to promote the interests of our members and grow the computer animation & visual effects industry in Ontario with the support of government and private sector partners.

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Post Visionary Lunch - Animation Today

Dec 20 2013
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First Visionary lunch on ``Animation Today`` with industry heads Darren Cranford, Frank Falcone, Kallan Kagan and Juan Lopez was held on November 27th, 2013. The Panel discussion was moderated by Ben McEvoy and was one of the first of it`s kind held by the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario sponsored by the OMDC. The engaging 1 ½ hours presentation touched on topics including where we are today, current challenges and future opportunities and was attended by professionals from the industry, colleges, govenment officials and students in the field gave all present to interact, as questions and take part in the discussions. It was not only and informative session, but one that posed many questions and left many to continue to a next forum coming soon.............

Jean Higgins - Monday December 16th

Dec 11 2013
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Soup to Nuts

A unique insight to the challenges and rewards of Production Management.

Camera Lounge Bar - 1028 Queen St W
Monday December 16th 
Presentation 4:00 PM
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Visionary Lunch V.18

Nov 14 2013
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CASO presents ``Animation Today`` a panel discussion with Executive Heads from Keyframe, Guru, Arc and Pipeline Studios on November 27th, 2013. Purchase your ticket today!

VAIP Holiday Bash

Nov 11 2013
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You're invited to join industry professionals at Maison Mercer Nightclub on Friday November 22nd at 8pm for the 3rd Annual Visual Effects and Animation Industry Party sponsored by Dell and Intel®

A limited number of tickets will be available, so be sure to get yours right away as we sold out quickly after announcing last years event. No tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets include 3 drink tickets redeemable at Maison on the night of the event and will be handed out at the door upon arrival.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Come celebrate another great year in the visual effects and animation industry!

Buy tickets here:

City Of Hamilton Profile

Nov 11 2013
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Hamilton offers all the key ingredients to become the next creative industrial hotbed in Canada.  An excellent quality of life, affordable living options, easy access to major markets within a 100 km radius including Toronto and the northern U.S.A., and most importantly, a well-developed and growing local scene.  For over 100 years Hamilton has had a vibrant and dynamic creative industries cluster that is in the beginning stages of yet another boom period. From our foundations as Canada’s industrial heartland, Hamilton as a “city of artists” in many fields has driven local prosperity. Artists and creative businesses in most every discipline have thrived in our community as there is growing internal and external markets for local creativity, strong opportunities for presentation, excellent networks that are easy to access, and a growing population who engage in their local cultural community.
In 2012 and 2013, Site Selection Magazine out of Atlanta, GA named Hamilton the top investment city in Canada, and the Calgary-based Real Estate Investment Network ranked Hamilton the top location across the province of Ontario for investment in 2012 and 2013l.  Hamilton has also been ranked in the top cities in North America by FDI Magazine (a publication of the world-famous Financial Times) for quality of life.
Hamilton also offers the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) - a refundable tax credit (  It is available to corporations for eligible Ontario labour expenses on Ontario film and television productions.  A further credit of 10% of Ontario labour expenses is available for filming outside the Greater Toronto Area here in Hamilton!
With a talented and educated workforce, tax credit advantages, stunning natural amenities and a diverse, resilient economy, it’s all happening here in Hamilton.
Creative Hamilton 2013 reel:
Hamilton – The Ambitious City of Hamilton:
Downtown Hamilton – your Creative Home:

For more information contact:
Carolynn Reid BComm EcD
Business Development Consultant
Economic Development Division
Planning & Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton
T: 905-546-2424 x4381  l  T: 1-800-868-1329

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