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EFFECTS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR PROGRAM

8 Month - Houdini/NukeX - Simulated Destruction - Environmental FX - Advanced Simulation

VFX COMPOSITING PROGRAM

10 Month - NukeX/Maya - Multi-Channel CG Compositing - Roto/Paint - Set Extension - Advanced Compositing Techniques

WE ARE VANCOUVER'S SCHOOL OF VISUAL EFFECTS

Transition into a fulltime fulfilling career in the Visual Effects Industry.
Our graduates enjoy an unprecedented 98% placement rate.

The Visual Effects Industry is experiencing rapid growth creating exciting career opportunities for young creative professionals. Entrance requires a unique training path to effectively master this craft. Our constantly adapting curriculum and progressive teaching techniques have proven themselves to be the most effective path to this career. YOU CAN have a financially viable career that provides both creative outlet and unique problem solving challenges.

Find out more about the Lost Boys Advantage!


A selection of work completed by the amazing Lost Boys | School of VFX students during their course of study.

VFX 2013 Montage Compiled and Edited by Lauryl Duplechan and Van Ling

This scene of a post apocalyptic world was created over a period of three weeks by four Lost Boys students for their Term 2 Group Project.

Compositing - Modifying/augmenting photographic reality. This video illustrates the process of working within a node based Compositing package (NukeX). By taking a photographic background plate and layering/blending combinations of digitally painted, 3D rendered, and chroma-keyed actors/elements we can create any vision to support the film-makers storytelling process.

This is our Effects Technical Director Program Lead, Andrew Lowell's amazing showreel which should give you a better idea of what Effects TD's contribute.


Lost Boys is all about Project Based Learning. Here's a Timelapse preview of our Title Project from our Advanced VFX Compositing Program

Promo Clip created by Lost Boys Advanced VFX Compositing Program Lead, Ganz Ramalingam

Recent Alumni Credits

What Makes us the Pre-eminent School of Visual Effects?

Industry Leaders

Immersed into the craft of Visual Effects and passionate about sharing our knowledge

Intensive & Focused

Streamlined to what is relevant. From the first day of class you will begin your journey into the Craft of Visual Effects.

Progressive & Adaptable

Alternative and practical with our teaching methods. We embrace project based learning and Industry mentor-ship. We never stop adapting our Curriculum to reflect the constant technological advancements.

Industry Connected

The only school in Vancouver with a two month Practicum where you will be placed inside local studios to apply your craft and gain unique workflow knowledge and further strengthen your industry connections.

Trusted & Respected

Our reputation opens doors and builds connections. Through our networks, the VFX Industry will take an active role in your career development.

A Studio Environment

Creatively inspiring and reflecting your future workplace. We are the studio that teaches.

Our Growing List of Studios Employing Lost Boys

PrimeFocus Method Weta MPC Sony Zoic Hydraulx DD GoldTooth
Image Engine Scanline RH Stargate Encore LookFX Gener8 Artifex Deluxe
Framestore Anthem Omni LUX NerdCorps COSA Atmosphere WesternX SideStreetPost

Industry Testimonials

What is the VFX Industry saying about us.

  • Every year, we’re always keen on seeing who graduates from Lost Boys. Because of their smaller class sizes and rigorous selection process, graduates from Lost Boys tend to be of higher calibre. They have a reputation for not only producing quality graduates, but those who are passionate about the industry and have a firmer understanding of the work environment, so they are professional and hard-working right out of the gate. We’ve hired several graduates in the past, along with alumni already working in the industry, and we’re seeing success with their practicum program as well.
    Alan Chuck | VFX Recruiter
  • Lost Boys is a great source for new talent. They have a true understanding of what the industry is looking for in resources. Their practicum program is one of the best ways to seek out rising stars.
    Roula Lainas | Producer, Talent and Brand
  • I appreciate a school who teaches the student, like you guys do at Lost Boys, to be production ready with some production “sense.” I find a majority of schools don’t know how to accomplish this. I have been consistently impressed with your grads. Good work!
    Doug Campbell | VFX Supervisor
  • The work being produced by Lost Boys under the guidance of Mark Bénard is top notch. This is some of the best Visual Effects that I’ve seen coming out of a school in a long time.
    Tina Ouellette | Executive Producer
  • Mark Bénard and I have worked together many times over the past 15 years, so when an opportunity came to speak to the students at Lost Boys I was there. The school’s in a great location, the students were very tight and co operative, and seemed like a social group. I think my talk at Lost Boys was the longest I ever did, the student’s asked intelligent questions so I was happy to spend the entire day with them. They understood all of the basic and most advanced concepts and had great artistic flare in their work, by far one of the best groups I’ve spoken to.
    John Gadjecki | VFX Supervisor
  • Lost Boys provides exactly the kind of curriculum the VFX industry needs; project-based studies that incorporate all aspects of today’s digital pipeline. The students are extremely fortunate to have in Mark Bénard a real, experienced VFX supervisor at the helm of the program, and we know that graduates from Lost Boys will be able to hit the ground running.
    Adam Stern | VFX Supervisor
  • Having worked for Mark Bénard at Lost Boys Studios, I was interested to see how he would impart his vast vfx wisdom at his school of visual effects. After seeing the program in action and meeting the students, I can see why their grads are snapped up so quickly — they are truly given the training they need to hit the ground running in production.
    Eric Petey | CG Supervisor
  • I’m impressed to hear about the real-world compositing; visual effects problems being posed to the students at Lost Boys. We’ve seen very few curriculum’s, in the US or Canada, which offer students a chance to be challenged by such realistic production problems. We’re eager to work with the new the budding stars that are heading toward graduation.
    Rob Taylor | Creative Director
  • I recently had the privilege of giving a short lecture to the Lost Boys students, I also reviewed their demo reels which are very impressive. The class size is small and production based, the equipment is high end. The problems are real world and the instruction is from a proven professional in Mark Bénard, supplemented by industry speakers. The focus seems to be on getting each student production ready, and the demo reels reflected this.
    Scott Dewis | Creative Director
  • It’s good to see a real production artist teaching the things that should be taught.
    Aruna Inversin | Senior Compositor
  • Anyone who’s lucky enough to get training like this would truly have an edge on the competition.
    Trevor Adams | VFX Technical Director/Supervisor
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