Industry Mentors & Guest Speakers
Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects is privileged to host a variety of Guest Artists and Speakers each term.
During the program we have guest mentors in on a regular basis to help in the areas where experts are required. We are proud of our amazingly talented mentors not only because of how much experience and skills they have, but also their desire to share and help nurture future industry talent. They are also really great people.
Kent Matheson : Environments Supervisor
Kent is currently the Environments Supervisor at Image Engine. Kent has worked as a Matte Painter at various studios. Most notably Industrial Light and Magic and Tippett Studios His experience includes Digital Matte Artist on Transformers: The Ride,Avatar, Fantastic Four, Star Wars – Attack of the Clones and The Matrix Revolutions and many more. Our students are very fortunate to have his expertise. For more of his amazing work visit his site
Jeremy Hoey : Sr. Digital Matte Artist
Jeremy is a Senior digital matte artist, formerly a founding partner at Atmosphere Visual Effects in Vancouver. His vast experience includes many TV series work and Film work. Included in his experience are an Emmy and several nominations for work onBattlestar Galactica and many more . For more of his amazing work visit his site.
Andrew Lowell: Senior FX TD (Houdini Specialist)
Andrew Lowell is currently an FX TD at Digital Domain, and CG experience includes feature film effects at a range of studios such as Rhythm and Hues, Ring of Fire, CIS Vancouver, and Animal Logic. Andrew has also taught college classes in 3d graphics for several years as well as classes for Sidefx, FXPHD, and now Lost Boys Studios. He is the author of a book on music and animation with Houdini. Personal interests include the interaction of visual and sonic perception, and Houdini is his primary application because of it’s audio features and unique abilities with visual effects.
He is a Houdini expert highly recommended from Side FX.
Joe Crawford – Python Instructor
Owner of Celestine Studios and Joetainment Enterprises, Joe is a natural python instructor and really enjoys sharing his knowledge. He is very passionate and is willing to go above and beyond to make the students understand.
Matthew Sells & Miho Shimizu: Certified Immigration Consultants
Matthew has experience with both federal and provincial programs, including investor and entrepreneur classes. He assists Canadian employers in their applications for work permits for non-Canadians and can represent clients at hearings and appeals before the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Matthew has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan and India where he developed a rich understanding of Asian culture and sensitivity to the issues and concerns of Asian immigrants.
He is a full member of ICCRC ((Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council).
Before becoming a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant, Miho assisted over 2,000 foreign workers annually through the Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP). Her six years as Western Canada Regional Manager of SWAP saw her act as the principal contact with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA). She also successfully provided career coaching services to foreign workers to help them secure jobs in Canada.
Before joining CIP consulting Miho worked for a top flight immigration consultancy in charge of their Japan division where she specialized in PNP skilled worker, family and LMO applications. She is fluent in English and Japanese and a full member of ICCRC ((Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council).