HKVFX, a Malaysian visual effects training centre, is tying up with Europe’s Escape Studios to help grow the country’s animation and visual effects talent pool.
The partnership will see Escape Studios experts visiting HKVFX regularly to train educators and students, while qualified students from HKVFX may be sent overseas to Escape Studios for further training and to get exposure to the international scene.
The two companies are in the process of finalising the syllabus for the local market.
“Currently, the syllabus is being looked at by industry players, so we are interested to find out if we can work together to come up with a syllabus for the Malaysian training,” said HKVFX founder Hussin Khan.
“Our plan is to have trainers coming down from Escape Studios quite often, perhaps every quarter at least.
“We want to have a catalyst kind of concept, where they train the trainers first, then the trainers can train the students,” he said after the two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Cyberjaya on Aug 23.
HKVFX and Escape Studios have yet to decide how much they will charge students.
“We are still in the midst of discussing this with Escape Studios,” said Hussin. “Escape Studios’ fees are quite high, so we need to discuss with them on making it more affordable for Malaysian students.”
According to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) director of creative content and technologies Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, the move by HKVFX will help Malaysia grow its talent base and thus capture a larger piece of the global animation pie which is estimated to be worth over US$1 trillion.
“Malaysia continues to show massive potential in the creative content industry, year after year. Based on MDEC’s internal analysis, by 2020, the creative content industry will provide 11,000 jobs requiring this skillset.
“Currently, we are seeing a healthy pipeline in terms of international studios setting up their presence in the country,” he added.
But more can be done, by other parties too.
For example, Hussin said that the National Firm Development Corporation Malaysia (or Finas) should consider bringing back the Creative Lifelong Learning Programme (CILL) to help spur the growth of creative talent in the country.
The programme offered grants to creative multimedia industry practitioners and students.
“I was told that Finas is putting the programme on hold for now … but this thing needs to go on,” said Hussin.
“The programme allowed you to go to overseas for fully-funded training. People have gone to the New York Film Academy, to Europe and other places. The only thing they need to do when they get the funding is to work for the industry in Malaysia for three years.
“I hope this will go on for another four to five because five years is too short to grow the industry,” he added.
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We are very pleased to present to you our very own Malaysian that has made the nation proud with his work in the movie “The Life of Pi”. Hussin Khan with his team in Rhythm & Hues Studios worked on the majority of Visual Effects on the highly anticipated movie which premiered in late 2012. It's truly an honour for Rhythm & Hues to be credited in the movie under the Production & Technical Support category. 'Life of Pi' won the Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography. Best Original Soundtrack & Best Director. They was also awarded a 'Special Achievement Award' at the 25th Malaysian Film Awards. In the 2013 Academy Awards, 'Life of Pi' bagged 4 Oscars.
Come and listen how they did it!
Hussin Khan talking live in YIM INNOVATION CENTER this Friday, 30 May 2014 at 2.30pm. Let’s be inspired! Places are limited, so reserve your seat today by emailing Wani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
John Hughes, VFX Pioneer, founder of Rhythm & Hues, President of John Hughes Institute & Tau Films interview with Vanessa Chong on Bella, NTV7 recently. John spoke about the availability of talent in Asia for Animation and Visual Effects work. John added that The John Hughes Institute is currently working with HKVFX to conduct high-quality production training to cater for the local and international entertainment industry.
The John Hughes Institute (Los Angeles) and HKVFX (Malaysia) will be conducting Modeling and Animation workshops in April and May respectively. For more info on the upcoming events please visit HKVFX or email email@example.com.
KRE8TIF! CONFERENCE 2014
The Kre8tif! Conference 2014 is a mind-broadening two-day sharing session for passionate practitioners of the creative scene. It gathers the leading bright minds in the digital content, arts and entertainment industry for a weekend of know-how sharing, interaction, and inspiration!
Among the speakers is Mr John Hughes. John Hughes the founder of Rhythm and Hues and led the studio for 26 years, earning 3 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects ("Babe," "The Golden Compass," and "Life of Pi,") as well as 5 technical Academy Awards for achievements in science and engineering, including in 2014 for their animation program. A hands-on artist for much of his career, Hughes's production career spans over 30 years, including 10 years at the pioneering visual effects company Robert Abel and Associates.
Mr Hughes will be talking about the global VFX industry, his training institute, The John Hughes Institute and the collaboration with their local partners, HKVFX. The partnership will be a synergy in providing a two-way high quality Animation and VFX learning to the entertainment industry in Malaysia. Training sessions will be hosted in Malaysia and Los Angeles with various types of workshops.
The John Hughes Institute (JHI), established in 2013 in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, specializes in computer animation and visual effects (VFX) training for creative technologies and the entertainment sector (feature films, commercials, and themed entertainment). Headed by VFX pioneer and founder of Rhythm & Hues Studios (R&H), John Hughes, the faculty and subject matter experts (SME’s) of JHI have award-winning credentials in VFX for feature films, commercials, and themed entertainment. Many of the faculty contributed towards the award-winning feature film, Life of Pi, which won an OSCAR for the best VFX in 2013.
HKVFX Visual Effects Training, founded in 2013, is The Foundry, NUKE Authorised Training Centre and an Adobe Authorised Training Centre. HKVFX Training provides application- and technique-based training for high-quality Film, Animation, Commercial or Broadcast content using high end applications such as, Nuke, Maya & Adobe Production Suite. The training center is headed by former R&H Educator, Hussin Khan.
Our global learning goals in Malaysia is to establish synergistic links with the academic community to create a comprehensive resource for visual arts and creativity.
13 participants underwent a 5-day intensive NUKE 3D Compositing workshop from 20th to 24th Jan 2104. The workshop was conducted by fxphd/The Foundry Certified NUKE Trainer, Hussin Khan at MDeC's MAC 3 lab in Cyberjaya. Among the topics covered were, NUKE's node compositing workflow, understanding NUKE's powerful channel system, working in linear light, understanding and dealing with Premultiplication, Rotoscoping, proper Alpha channel generation, Greeescreen/bluescreen keying, 2D Tracking, Planar Tracking, 3D Tracking and Matchmoving and working in NUKE's 3D environment. All 13 participants were the recipient of MDeC's Creative Life Long Learning Programme (CILL). To learn more about NUKE, visit The Foundry's Website. To find out more about the upcoming Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Nuke Trainings, please send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have the skill, you can open your own business too. Hussin Khan is the Visual Effects Trainer who is credited in movies like Life of Pi, The Hunger Games and Mr Popper’s Penguins whilst he was working for Rhythm and Hues. He now owns the first Certified Nuke Training Centre in South East Asia focuses in Visual Effects training.
In the interview Hussin spoke about the skill-set development for the Visual Effects industry in Malaysia. He is currently in talks with a Hollywood based studio to do a two-way up-skill/re-skill development to take the VFX industry in Malaysia to the next level.
We recently provided training for 15 Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan College University lecturers. The 3-day intensive programme was conducted by Adobe Certified Instructor, Hussin Khan. Lecturers were taught the latest Adobe After Effects CC version which comes with Cinema 4D Lite, the preferred 3D application software for Motion Graphics. The project-based programme covered a basic to intermediate syllabus. The lecturers were given enough training to be able to train students with the syllabus provided.
Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics, visual effects and compositing software package published by Adobe Systems, used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Its main uses are the origination of 2D and 2.5D animation, visual effects compositing and finishing (image adjustment, color correction etc.
Adobe After Effects Malaysia (AEMY) in collaboration with MDeC and Adobe will be organising an event;
TechTalk@KDC: An Afternoon With Adobe, MAXON & VGAV on July 2nd 2013 @ Auditorium, MSC Malaysia Knowledge Workers Development Centre (KDC), Cyberjaya.
Among the speakers are, Paul Burnett of Adobe Systems (Australia), Fauzi Yusoff of VGAV (Kuala Lumpur) and Karl Soule' of Adobe Systems (USA). This event is held in conjunction with the release of the Adobe Creative Cloud products.
For more info and registration info please visit http://aemy03.eventbrite.com
Tickets are limited to 300 pax.