Boutique VFX Studio Leads with Workforce Development & Diversity Initiatives
“I had a lovely time with the team at Rocket Science VFX, where I was given an opportunity to observe the inner workings of their busy studio. I learned the importance of tax credits, budgeting, and artist organization, all of which keeps their studio running smoothly to meet client deadlines while producing quality visual effects.” ~ Set Shuter, Post Production Supervisor
“The program with RSVFX was fantastic, the amount I learned is worth its weight in gold.” ~ Ariana Saadat, VFX Supervisor/Compositor
“RSVFX provided me with the resources to have an incredible experience working both remotely and in-studio. I appreciated the opportunity to work on multiple projects, which provided me with a depth of knowledge.” ~ Brittany Lewis, VFX Editor
Emmy nominated boutique visual effects studio Rocket Science VFX (RSVFX) has prioritized its team building initiatives towards workforce development and diversity.
Rocket Science has partnered with The Canadian Academy for a second year, to support their Women in Post Program, providing higher-level industry access and professional development for women identifying or non-binary emerging to mid-level creatives working in all areas of post production.
“It’s important to participate in community building partnerships and develop internal initiatives aimed at elevating and supporting diversity within visual effects. When we all play our part in championing future artists, we move the needle to develop career paths, bolstering an inclusive workforce.” ~ Christa Tazzeo Morson, Executive VFX Producer
In addition to the Women in Post program, Rocket Science collaborates with the Toronto based branch of Women in Film and Television (WIFT), a member based non-profit organization leading in building an equitable, inclusive and accessible screen-based media industry. RSVFX has also developed internal programs, including monthly WIVFX (Women in Visual Effects) @ RSVFX meetings to support and develop career paths for women in visual effects.
“RSVFX is proud to take action to support diversity and representation in the film and television industry, specifically visual effects. We have made it a mandate to implement initiatives that strive to reflect our creative culture as a whole.” ~ Anthony Paterson, CEO
The Academy’s Women in Post Program programming includes strategic learning modules, creative and technical skills building, and hands-on mentorship at a post production company or with a post production-related role. The Women in Post Program is presented by Netflix and supported by Canada Media Fund and RBC Foundation in support of RBC Emerging Artists, and industry partners Company 3 and Rocket Science VFX.
Earlier this fall, RSVFX hosted paid internships for three participants from the inaugural cohort of the Academy’s Women in Post Program. Set Shuter, Post Supervisor, Ariana Saadat, VFX Supervisor/Compositor, and Brittany Lewis, VFX Editor, were paired with one of RSVFX’s industry leading mentors to engage in creative and technical development sessions with the goal of developing fundamental skills for career opportunity, development and advancement.
For more information about the WOMEN IN POST program, visit: academy.ca/programs/womeninpost/
Rocket Science is an Emmy nominated boutique visual effects studio collaborating with filmmakers to create stunning visual imagery utilizing artistry, science and technology. Located in Toronto, Canada, notable credits include Eric Kripke’s Emmy nominated superhero series THE BOYS (Amazon), the epic video game adaptation HALO (Paramount +), Steve Blackman’s THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (Netflix), and features such David Cronenberg’s CRIMES OF THE FUTURE and Noah Baumbach’s soon to be released WHITE NOISE (Netflix).