24th February 2009

AnnexPro Presents An Evening With Brian Carter

Creative Control –  featuring LA-based composer, producer and product specialist Brian Carter

Annex|Pro 25th Anniversary VancouverAnnex|Pro invites you to join them at the VFS Cafe (390 West Hastings Vancouver) for this special presentation, where you’ll follow a music project from inception to completion, with LA-based composer, producer and product specialist Brian Carter.Brian Carter

Brian toured with several Grammy-winning acts, and brings with him years of studio experience, as well as an in-depth knowledge of Pro Tools and the recording process.

At this speaker session, you’ll learn how solutions like Pro Tools 8 and the C|24 control surface can bring new life to your productions, whether you’re a songwriter, film composer, or a serious hobbyist.   If you’re already using Pro Tools LE, HD or something else entirely, you’ll pick up some real-world tips that you can take back and immediately use in your own studio.

Agenda:

6:00PM – Come early for food and drinks
6:30PM – Annex|Pro presents “Creative Control” with Brian Carter

Everyone is welcome, but as space is limited, pre-registration is recommended.

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24th February 2009

GDC Canada Advisory Board Member Kelly Zmak Interviewed On Electric Playground

GDC Canada Vancouver – GDC Canada Advisory Board Member and President of Radical Entertainment Kelly Zmak was interviewed on Electric Playground. Kelly shared his view about what GDC Canada means for the

Kelly On EP

local development community and highlights a few topics he is looking forward to this May.  Always a strong proponent for the game development industry in Vancouver and Canada, Kelly touches on the strengths, opportunities and future of our local game industry and how GDC-Canada ties into it all as an addition to the family of GDC international events. You can watch Kelly’s interview on the Electric Playground web site.

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24th February 2009

GDC Canada Keynote Announced: Don Mattrick of Microsoft

“The Evolution of the Canadian Game Industry: A Conversation with Don Mattrick”

GDC Canada Vancouver – Don Mattrick, leader of the Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows businesses at Microsoft, will kick of the inaugural GDC Canada with an exploration of the Canadian game development industry and the role it plays within the global community. With 25 years of broad industry and game development experience, Mattrick’s portfolio includes some of the most successful game franchises in the world, including “Need for Speed,” “Harry Potter” and “The Sims.” He will be joined onstage by Victor Lucas, creator, executive producer and co-host of

Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

The Electric Playground,” for an engaging interview and discussion on the dynamic changes and growing influence of Canadian game development.

Don Mattrick, who began his career in the video game industry at the age of 17, with the launch of Distinctive Software in Burnaby BC, has since held several leadership positions at EA, most recently as president of the publisher’s worldwide studios. Previously, he oversaw EA’s global studios and research and development in several major sites, including Redwood Shores, Calif. (Silicon Valley), EALA in Los Angeles, EA Tiburon in Florida, EA Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Montreal, and EA UK Studio in Chertsey, England.

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23rd February 2009

New Media BC Announces 2009 International Partnering Forum

New Media BCAt The Vancouver International Partnering Forum 2008, 600+ meetings were reported in just one day by top executives from international digital companies at the popular one-on-one sessions

Vancouver – This year, the number of match made 1+1s may just double, with an additional full day of programming that includes hand-picked B2B sessions, an International Keynote Luncheon, International Breakfast, Digital Networker’s Cocktail reception and exclusive international networking events.

So if you’re a digital company exploring global connections in mobile, Games, VFX, Web 2.0, Social Media, eLearning, Animation or a traditional media business planning new ventures into digital space, here’s a prime opportunity to meet the players who matter and identify opportunities to co-produce, invest, publish, aggregate, source or outsource projects.

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19th February 2009

It Came From The 3d Dimension…..

3d DimensionSalmon Arm BC – Canada’s first digital 3D film festival is set for a classic movie house in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Askew’s Foods and Pepsi are proud to present the world’s largest digital 3D film festival ‘It Came From The 3d Dimension’ on the shores of the Shuswap Lake in the interior of British Columbia. The festival will feature eleven digital 3D films over a two week period playing at the Salmar Classic Theatre, March 13th to 26th, 2009.Salmar Community Association

Shawn Greek, the event’s organizer, believes people will share in his enthusiasm for this fantastic new way to see movies. “This isn’t your grandfather’s 3D,” Greek says. “Comparing this 3D to the old style with red and blue glasses is like comparing a scooter to a Ferrari. It’s an immersive experience of unparalleled quality, and you really do have to see it to believe it. What’s more, most people have never appreciated these movies in their native format, digital 3D, and most of these films may never be seen again on the big screen”.
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19th February 2009

10 Years and Running: PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run Reaches Milestone

Investing in the Future of BC’s Science and Technology Industry

PMC - Sierra Vancouver – The PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run celebrates its 10th anniversary of building BC’s future by supporting science and technology education. The Fun Run is the largest timed 5K race in BC and is one of the technology industry’s biggest fundraising events. All proceeds from this Science Fair BCevent go to The Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment to support the promotion and development of Science Fair programs throughout the province. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place on Sunday, May 31, 2009, at TELUS World of Science.

“Without funds from events like the PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run, 60,000 students who participate in local fairs across BC each year would not have the opportunity to advance their projects and develop important skills like entrepreneurship, creativity and confidence,” says Patti Leigh, executive director of the Science Fair Foundation of BC. “Given the economic climate, it’s even more important to invest in our future, and we’re doing that by helping students become the great minds that will drive BC’s innovation economy into the future.”

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18th February 2009

An Evening With Duncan Brinsmead’s Brain

3visVancouver3vis, in collaboration with Autodesk, Craft Animation and Seven Group are pleased to present “An Evening with Duncan Brinsmead’s Brain” beginning at 6pm on March 3 at The Caprice (967 Granville Street) in Vancouver.

Duncan Brinsmead, who will be accompanying his brain, is the Autodesk Maya principal scientist. Duncan Brinsmead, with support from Louis Marcoux, a Solution Specialist in 3D animation and Visual Effects, will discuss and demonstrate the newest features of Autodesk® Maya®, Autodesk® 3ds Max® (including the new plug?in CAT) and Autodesk® Mudbox™.

3vis, an Autodesk reseller whose head office is in Montreal, recently opened a Vancouver location and will be hosting this free evening to introduce themselves to the local digital media industry.

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18th February 2009

Thomas Is Coming To Canada

thomas Nationwide – It’s a bird! It’s a plane…it’s a train! Everyone’s favorite #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, welcomes friends aboard as he steams across the nation visiting more than 45 heritage railroads in Canada and the USA as part of the Day Out With Thomas 2009 – The Hero of the Rails Tour presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by The LEGO Group.

This fun-filled event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a ride on a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the Thomas & Friends™ series seen on Canada’s TreehouseTV, and features a variety of Thomas & Friends-themed entertainment.
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17th February 2009

Spike & Mike’s Sick And Twisted Animation Festival Opens This Weekend

Spike & MikeVancouver – *content warning – please see below* Over 22 uncensored animated films including great titles such as the recently acquires masterpiece “Eleven Roses”, “Home Honey, I’m High”, “Fantaisie in Bubblewrap”, “Happy Tree Friends”, “Washington”, “Crab Revolution” “The Mosquito Who Gave Up Blood” & “Dr. Tran” will be featured during Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival which opens on February 20th at The Rio Theatre in Vancouver.

It’s been over ten years since Spike himself made the trip up to Vancouver he will be present opening weekend to sign “everything” and introduce the show. The Sick and Twisted Animation Festival will include a few of the all time classics plus a ton of premiers! Spike handpicked the films himself and invites everyone to watch ninety minutes of the sickest, most brilliant, artistic and funniest animation shorts he’s ever put together!

Show Times: February 20th – March 5th will have daily shows at 7 and 9pm with weekend matinees at 4:30pm. Friday and Saturday will also feature midnight showings with Bar Service provided by R & B Brewing for the late shows on opening weekend. There will also be FREE Spike & Mike DVD’s to the first 25 people Fri & Sat night as well as free Happy Tree Friends swag PLUS you can get in FREE if you bring your refrigerator with one of the Festival’s flyers attached to it. There will also be some in-house contests happening with great prizes.

*Content Warning – Content on the Spike & Mike Festival Website and at The Sick & Twisted Animation Festival may offend some viewers. We are not responsible for the content on their site or at their Animation Festival.*

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17th February 2009

Catching Up On A Few Stories

Vancouver – Over the past two weeks I haven’t had as much time as usual to search out the news from Canada’s digital media industry, so I’m taking a different angle tonight to catch up on a few things. One of the reasons for the busy schedule on our end was a visit to Vancouver by representatives of World Cyber Games, Inc. They have been visiting cities around the world scouting possible future locations for a variety of World Cyber Games events. During their visit, the representatives had a chance to tour Relic Entertainment, EA Burnaby, the Great Northern Way Campus, the Electric Playground studio, then attended a small reception hosted by Radical Entertainment and the SIGGRAPH presentation of Modern Princesses given by Ubisoft Montreal – but more on that later in this post. Thank you to everyone who took part in the tours and events.

Game Design ExpoThe month began in the best way possible with the Game Design Expo presented by Vancouver Film School. This two day expo which features the top guest speakers is one of the consistently best-run events around. Every seminar and panel topic was relevant to today’s game development industry, and it’s small wonder why GDX sells out every year. Over the next short time, I will be posting articles about the seminars – and hopefully once you’ve read them, if you weren’t at GDX this year, you’ll make a note to attend next year. Aside from the myriad of topics and opportunities to learn, the biggest announcement at this year’s event was the estalishment of the Women In Games International $30 000.00 – $47 000.00 full scholarship. This scholarship will provide full tuition for a female game design student to attend the VFS Game Design Programme. Other scholarships announced range from $2000.00 to $7000.00, and are sponsored by G4techTV, EA, Big Fish Games, Annex Pro, Obsidian Entertainment, and Radical Entertainment.

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