Mayor Gregor Robertson and Council show strong support for VFS New Chinatown Campus

April 30, 2011 | Arts and Culture

Mayor Gregor Robertson delivered the welcome address for Friday night's Vancouver Film School's Game Design Industry Open House which celebrated the launch of the new Chinatown facility.

The Vancouver Film School produces world class game designers, animators and digital effects specialists whose talents are highly sought after by major studios.

Former EA Senior Games Producer and now VFS Head of Game Design, Dave Warfield presented a dramatic showcase reel demonstrating the effects VFS alumni have had on the industry within the past year, with previous students going on to win Oscars and Emmys, premiere at major international festivals, and who now work at top companies like Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Blizzard – attributing their success to the film, animation, and game industry culture supported by and flourishing within the City of Vancouver.

The Mayor celebrated Vancouver Film School's role in developing one of Vancouver's strongest Green Technology Industries, and thanked them for their continued support in "anchoring the industry in the downtown core, especially within the Chinatown area, allowing it to continue to be one of the city's creative centers".

After the ribbon cutting and announcement of the winner of the Women In Games scholarship for 2011, an initiative that supports the rise of female talent in Game development, Mayor Robertson took a tour of the former Channel M/Omni TV studios.

The studio provides an excellent example of creative infrastructure recycling. The location required very little in the way of structural upgrades. VFS was able to easily incorporate multiple HD editing suites, motion capture suites, computer labs featuring industry standard software, two movie theatres and a Dolby 5.1 theatre for sound design, plus the chilly server storerooms required to process vast amounts of data.

VFS President James Griffin and Managing Director Marty Hasselbach described the environment, containing gaming suites with entertaining names alongside dedicated classrooms featuring banks of cutting edge editing workstations, as the perfect environment to continue to deliver their mandate of producing the world’s best game design talents.