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Careers in VFX and Animation

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Considering a career as a visual effects (VFX) artist or 3D animator?

In partnership with Spark CG Society, VPL's Inspiration Lab is proud to present a panel discussion about pathways to a career in the industry.

Hear from:

Ere Santos - Animation Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Su Skerl - Strategic Partnerships Lead, The Centre for Digital Media

Moderated by Marina Antunes - President, Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH and Spark CG Society

There will be a Q&A period after the panel discussion, so please bring your questions.

This event celebrates the launch of VPL's new computer graphics, VFX and animation services including Maya, Houdini, Unity, Unreal Engine, and Blender, which are now available to use for free on the computers in the Inspiration Lab. Visit our Animation, 3D Design and Visual Effects Software guide to learn more. 

To join our Zoom Webinar events, you will need a computer, tablet or phone. Your camera and audio will automatically be turned off. New to Zoom? Learn more about using it here.

Please register. Registration is not required to attend, but it helps us anticipate attendance. We will send a reminder the day before the event, and any updates about this program to registrants.


This event is presented in partnership with Spark CG Society.


About the panelists:

Ere Santos has worked all over the world in studios including Pixar, Cinesite, DNEG, Jellyfish, MPC and most recently as a Senior Animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks on the upcoming sequel to Spiderman Into the Spiderverse. Ere is currently an Animation Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Having worked in a variety of styles ranging from ultra-realistic to ultra-cartoony, Ere uses his solid grasp of entertainment and performance as a central role in every single one of his jobs from a professional right down to a creative standpoint.

Ere started his journey by self-teaching himself animation for many years before studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Trinity Western University in Vancouver, Canada. Powered by his love of film, computers, and performance, he continued to teach himself alongside his degree and after years of painstaking effort, he was accepted into an animation internship at Pixar Animation Studios, where he truly started to hone his skills as an animator.

Su Skerl: Over 20+ years, Su Skerl has held creative, production, and operations leadership roles in industry and agency settings - guiding indies to scale and supporting established companies through challenging periods of intense change. She has excellent strategic sense, and the ability to drop into the most difficult situations and successfully align operational, creative, and cultural dynamics. A firm believer in servant leadership, she pairs principled business and strategic expertise with empathy and soft skills. She’s known as the Nerd Whisperer for her love of fostering high-performing, team-first cultures, and her sizable network.

A lifelong learner, she is a recent SFU MBA graduate, and currently working towards securing CPHR credentials. Her expertise includes consulting, industry research, training and curriculum development, and career coaching. As a key contributor to numerous volunteer-led and industry organizations, she promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in strengthening creative communities.

Marina Antunes has been writing and discussing film for over 15 years, first on a personal blog, followed by a decade-long tenure on the now retired Row Three. In 2008, she joined the writing staff at Quiet Earth, becoming Editor-In-Chief in 2014, a role she still holds. Over the years, she has also produced and hosted a number of podcasts including Before the Dawn, a long-running podcast on the Twilight franchise, Girls on Pop, a podcast on film and popular entertainment from women’s perspective and After the Credits, bi-monthly film podcast with nearly 300 episodes.

Marina is a member of ACM and ACM SIGGRAPH, the Online Film Critics Society, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and the Visual Effects Society. She is the President of Spark CG Society and the Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH chapter. She has also served on juries for several film festivals including DOXA, St. Louis International Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. She joined the Spark CG Society in 2014.

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