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To provide expert visual effects training resulting in employable artists with a professional-looking portfolio, competent in their craft and knowledgeable of the working pipeline of a studio.
To create an atmosphere of awareness and curiosity which leads to investigation, problem-solving and invention, the hallmarks of successful artists with lifelong learning skills.
The History. The Difference.
1996 – Prior to the creation of our training division, Bénard along his former partners at Virgin Digital, founded and managed the award winning world-class visual effects house Lost Boys Studios. Lost Boys has gained industry recognition synonymous with superior quality and productivity, realized through the nurturing of superior artistic talent coupled with technical innovation.
In 2006 Bénard realized his dream of building a better education solution and began developing Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects. With a passion for learning, sharing information and encouraging others to develop their creative abilities, Bénard and the staff work side-by-side with the students every day. Their knowledge is supplemented by traditional software training tools and an extensive industry training library with the latest focused tutorials on specific topics. Bénard acts as instructor and mentor, bringing 15 years of studio, on-set and supervisory experience directly to a small group of students, emphasizing an open mind for personal exploration, new experiences and self-directed learning. One distinguishing feature of Lost Boys is the enhancement of traditional classroom training techniques with project-based learning and mentorship. Another is that the instructor is also an owner and the decision-maker on the needs of the school. This combination eliminates the “teacher vs. school” model that can leave other classrooms lacking in the areas of progress, supplies or freedom of subject.