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What Are the Most Sought-After Skills in the VFX Industry

The VFX (visual effects) industry looks for more than an animation education and a decent portfolio. Technical skills learned at school must be added to softer, business-world skills and then combined into a stellar application, portfolio and that showcases individual creativity. We’re going to look at what some of those technical skills are, but before…

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A Tour Inside Valve Headquarters

Our students had the opportunity to get an inside look at the legendary Valve Corp Headquarters, the studio that has brought us the Half-Life series, and the distribution platform, Steam. Kelly Cline and Mike Belzer, who were our guides for our group throughout the tour, showed Valve’s state of the art motion-capture room, sound design…

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Artcade Shows How to Really Have Fun During a Storm

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Lafayette once again hosted Artcade! The fifth annual Artcade event took place on May 11th with a wide array of local game developers, artists, and film exhibitors. However, this year the event location was not at the Lafayette Science Museum where it’s been previously held. This year, Artcade was…

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AIE Behind the Scenes: VFX Film Shoot

Film day for the VFX crew was set at the Book-It Repertory Theatre. From 7am to 5pm, the 3D Animation & VFX for Film crew was busy on set! Lighting equipment, dolly and camera equipment was provided by David Burns, a Seattle director of photography and long-time co-worker of Vic Bonilla, 3D Animation & VFX…

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Art Institute Seattle Displacement Info Sessions

If you are a displaced Art Institute student, please take note that the Academy of Interactive Entertainment Seattle Campus offers learning track towards careers in the following: Game Art & Animation Game Programming Game Design & Production 3D Animation & VFX for Film We are aware that every person’s situation is different, and there are…

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VFX Alumni Animates Mobile Augmented Reality Game

AIE USA is excited to announce that AIE Lafayette alumni Kristina Zavala (3D Animation & VFX for Film 2018 graduate) and Dana Nicholle (3D Animation & VFX for Film 2018 graduate) have joined the team at Blipd, an iOS developer in Sterling, Virginia. Kristine Zavala 2018 Alumna Dana Nicholle 2018 Alumna Both Kristina and Dana graduated…

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Jobs for Creative Introverts

A lot of people consider jobs for introverts to be ironic, but it’s more of a stigma than most people realize. At the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, an overwhelming majority of our students and those interested in studying on our campus, consider themselves to be introverts. Our staff and instructors understand and recognize that both…

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Cacophony and Ink: VFX Final Film Score Arrangement

“There’s a witch that has this magical ink. She brings things to life out of the canvas, then she leaves, then the apprentice comes out. He tries to do it himself, but it’s just cacophony and ink.” – Alyssa Sperling (2nd Year VFX) Video game and film composer, Douglas Yassen (Iron Heart Music Studios) visited…

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VFX Alumna Recruited by The Love Foundation

3D Animation & VFX for Film alumna Tyler “Dione” Arnold was recently recruited by The Love Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the nation of Belize’s privately-owned multimedia company. The Love Foundation also advises and administrates donor and charitable funds. They have successfully donated over $2 million in promotions to non-governmental organizations, helping them achieve their…

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Big Fish Games at AIE

The art team at prestigious mobile studio, Big Fish Games, visited our Seattle campus today. The veteran artists reviewed portfolios of our students specializing in several forms of art and animation. “You all are doing a 2-year program? That’s awesome – I did exactly that too, years ago.” – John Nangle (3D Modeling, Unity, Game…

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Tips from Our Alumni

If you plan on starting your educational journey at AIE in 2019/2020, here are some awesome tips from our alumni. Leadership and being a team player are not mutually exclusive. “What I have discovered that gives you an edge in this industry, is learning the pipeline and how your role affects other team members. If…

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Is a Career in VFX Right for Me?

Wondering if a career in VFX right for you? The visual effects industry for film has evolved into one of the top career choices today. It easily dominates areas of the entertainment industry such as TV and Film, Game Development, Animation, Advertising, the list goes on. What is it about VFX that makes sense to…

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Cat Jeong Accepted in December RAW Showcase – Dec 20th 2018

We are super proud of Cat Jeong (3D Animation & VFX for Film) showcasing her work in this year’s Holiday RAWk, presented by RAW Seattle! The event will be held on December 20th, and you can buy tickets $22 in advance, and $30 at the door. Space is very limited and you can find out…

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How to Succeed in 3D Animation and VFX for Film

If you’ve been wondering on how to succeed in 3D Animation & VFX for Film, this is your chance to discover if you have those traits often found in the VFX artists who help create award-winning films and are employed by the industry’s top studios. Grit For some people, passion is like an unquenchable thirst.…

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3 Unconventional Tricks for Storyboard Artists

We are immensely thankful to have expert storyboard artist, Victor Fuste, share with us what his top 3 Unconventional Tricks for Storyboard Artists are. Victor has taught as an Artistic Development Trainer for DreamWorks Animation for several years, and a plethora of creative studios in the animation industry. If your dream is become a storyboard…

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The 3 Phases of Film Production

The 3 phases of film production will be different for every studio, but the film industry typically follows the basic protocol in film creation. We’ll also go through which part the VFX artist comes in. Everything from crowd effects, blemish cover, sky replacement to changing tree colors, the VFX team contributes more than most people…

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AIE Alumni Nathan Camp Credited in Infinity Wars

We spoke with alumnus Nathan Camp about his experiences in the film industry, and his dreams of eventually becoming a compositor. Nathan graduated from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment in 2015 from our 3D Animation and VFX for Film program.

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All the World’s a Stage

For many of us, it started with J.R.R. Tolkien’s maps of Middle Earth. The LOTR saga created a huge history of hobbits, orcs, elves, and dragons that was pinned to a “reality” by the great maps drawn by Tolkien and his son Christopher.

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AIE Open House – November 18th

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects for film at AIE’s Open House. The Lafayette and Seattle campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about AIE courses starting in 2018. The day will include presentations on different areas of industry as…

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Interactive Experience Day – July 15th

AIE’s Interactive Experience Days are a great opportunity to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops…

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SWARM

Sinkholes have been reported to appear around Seattle, and a seismologist is on the case. What she finds, however, is something that no one could have prepared her for…

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