Cinesite and online training company iAnimate have announced two winners of their first animation apprenticeship.
The joint iAnimate at Cinesite apprenticeship was launched in April, with the aim of fostering new talent entering the thriving Canadian visual effects and animation industry.
Tim Clark and Karine Lafranchise were selected from the many applications received. Both will be starting contracts as trainee animators with Cinesite, while simultaneously completing training with iAnimate as part of their winning apprenticeships. They will move straight in to production at Cinesite’s Montréal studios, with the company’s feature animation team on the forthcoming production, Charming.
Cinesite Director of Animation Eamonn Butler: “We are always on the lookout for talent. We are investing in young artists by providing world-class training coupled with hands-on experience to help them realize their potential. Cinesite's partnership with iAnimate has created fantastic opportunities for budding animators to grow!”
The overall standard of applications received was very high. Co-founder of iAnimate and Cinesite Animation Director for Charming Jason Ryan says of the winning two entries, “Both of the winners are exceptional. When viewing Tim’s work, you can tell he is passionate about movies and animation; he creates challenging actions and compositions with moving cameras. Karine’s showreel pushed every pose, action and acting choice beyond what we would expect and it had the spark of greatness we were looking for. Both are very worthy winners.”