Michael Macedonia: Next Generation Virtual Worlds

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and TorCHI are excited to bring to you our first joint ACM Distinguished Speaker Presentation: “Next Generation Virtual Worlds” presented by Michael Macedonia.

Dr. Macedonia is a computer scientist and an expert on virtual environments, computer games, and military simulation. His prolific and distinguished career includes highlights such as serving as the Director of the Disruptive Technology Office (now IARPA) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the United States, and as a contributing editor for the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Dr. Macedonia was responsible for developing the technology strategy for the U.S. Army’s lead training and simulation system development organization. He also led the Army’s effort to develop the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, and promoted the adoption of advanced commercial game technology for simulation and education. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Central Florida.

Mike will cover the challenges and research issues for large scale, persistent virtual worlds in the 21st century. After nearly fifteen years, virtual worlds are on the verge of demonstrating their disruptive potential, as they are enabling new innovations in business models that go far beyond entertainment and into diverse fields such as medicine, national security, diplomacy, learning, and psychology. However, these innovations are bringing about new demands and requirements for virtual world technologies, features, and policies. Whatever the challenges, virtual worlds now offer a new medium for making computing more tangible and collaboration more powerful.

Join us April 30th, 2015 for his talk on Next Generation Virtual Reality. Two opportunities to get your VR fix:

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
AMD Markham
1 Commerce Valley Dr. East
Markham, Ontario  (map)
(Note: kindly bring valid government ID for this location!)

Get tickets now! (AMD location)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Toronto
Bahen Building (BA), Room 1170
40 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario  (map)

Get tickets now! (UofT location)

Entrance is FREE for Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH and TorCHI members.
Non-member admission: $15

Be there! (Virtual attendance not yet available).

A Special THANK YOU to our sponsors!

3rd Annual Digital Marketplace “Meetup”





MAY 15th, 2015



This digital market “Meet up“ hosted by CASO is being held on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at Corus Entertainment from 11 am -3 pm. The Event is designed to create opportunities for the Film and Television community graduating students, freelance and creative artists  to meet studio representatives from across Ontario.

We are inviting you to participate in this inaugural event!

There is NO COST to attend this event filled with screenings and guest speakers from our

VFX & Animation Industry.

This is an opportunity for graduates, senior level students in the field, freelancers and artist to meet studios one-on-one, and studios to meet the community of artistic and technical talents that can help augment their team.

Due to a high demand for participation, we will be acknowledging participants on a first come, first serve basis!

*All participants will be provided with tables and chairs for the event!

Further information, agenda, structure and layout will be provided to final participants by April 27th.

However, if you have further questions regarding this year`s Digital Marketplace “Meet up“, please contact Shirlyn Antonio

at shirlyn@casont.ca or 416-207-9142 




Visionary Lunch V.21

Visionary Lunch V.21

March 26th, 2015 11:30am – 1:00pm

Come join us and Wesley Sewell, VFX Supervisor at SPIN VFX, as he takes us through his journey on some of the biggest blockbusters to hit the big screen.

Where: Scotiabank Theatres
Price: Members $20.00 + hst | Non-Members $30.00 + hst | Students FREE

MicroSCOOPic View

Paul Moyer

Eggplant Pictures (formerly Optix) is a full-service post production, animation, visual effects and motion graphics boutique.  The facility services a wide range of genres for feature films, television series, documentaries and commercials and houses artists who are industry leaders both technically and creatively.

Paul Moyer is a founding partner and has been the long standing client contact for nearly 20 years.  He says, “While much has changed over the course of time it keeps things interesting. You figure out ways to adapt, and in some ways reinvent aspects of the business, to better compete in the game. There continues to be new technologies, work flows and services to offer and there are new team members joining the ranks and new client relationships being forged, so it’s never a dull moment. At the same time it is also wonderful to work with certain members of our team for double digit spans of time and to provide services to many regular clients for decades.”

In 2014, change came in a big way. The Eggplant Collective (the award-winning original music composition, music supervision, editorial and licensing company) took greater ownership in the facility and Moyer returned as business partner. With the departure of founding partners, George and Atti Levai, there has been new management of the facility, new investment into infrastructure and some refreshing re-organization of suites and departments. For instance, four new offline editorial suites with shared storage were set up with multiple assistant editor stations, producer and supervisor desks, on their first floor space. They also renovated their penthouse space on the fourth floor, creating a new home for their animation department.

Industry Development Group–Industry Initiatives

OMDC Collaboration and Innovation Pilot Fund (CIF) 2015-16:  Call for Expressions of Interest





Session 1:       9.30 – 10.30 am (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Session 2:       2:30 – 3:30 pm (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)


WEBINAR – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Access to this session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges and registrants outside of the GTA. (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)


Does your business have a compelling new idea that crosses sectors and/or distribution platforms, involves non-traditional collaboration, or reimagines your operational model?


Have you received funding from any of these OMDC programs – OMDC Export Fund; OMDC Book Fund; OMDC Film Fund; OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund; OMDC Magazine Fund?


The Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF) is a new funding opportunity from OMDC.


It’s a pilot program developed in response to ongoing changes in the marketplace, the continued blending of content across sectors and platforms, and evolving business models. The CIF will help transform innovative and entrepreneurial ideas into goods and services, and drive growth and productivity.



The CIF will be delivered in two phases. Participation in Phase One will be adjudicated through an Expression of Interest (EOI) application process. Successful Phase One applicants will participate in a project development cycle that will strengthen strategic and project plans.

Only Phase One participants will have the opportunity to apply for project financing in Phase Two.



The deadline for Phase One EOI applications is: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm


Guidelines and Application Process

Contact the OMDC to discuss your project at least 2 weeks in advance of the Phase One EOI deadline.


·    Applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted. All applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their applications early should assistance be required.


·    Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”.  For assistance, please see OMDC’s website for the “OAP Quick Start Guide”.


·    Applicants who have a user account should ensure that relevant company information is up-to-date.  Applicants that are already registered will see both the Phase One and Phase Two application deadlines in their dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start New Application” and follow the directions through the five step wizard to access the application form. Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in ad vance of the deadline in case technical support is required. If you encounter problems setting up your Company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.


Please note that this is a competitive process with the number and amount of awards contingent on total demand for funding and the program funds available.


Complete Guidelines and the link to the Online Application Portal (OAP) are posted on the OMDC website at: http://www.omdc.on.ca/collaboration/collaboration_and_innnovation_Fund.htm.


Information Sessions

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming Information Sessions.


Date:    Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Time:    Session 1:   9.30 – 10.30 am (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Session 2:   2:30 – 3:30 pm (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)


Location:  Ontario Investment and Trade Centre,

35th Floor, 250 Yonge Street, Toronto, M5B 2L7 (Map)


Registration is required. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.



Date:  Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Time:  10:30 – 11:30 am


Access to this session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.


Please note: If you are interested in attending an Ontario Media Development Corporation Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to programs2@omdc.on.ca by Monday, February 2, 2015 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.


If you are interested in attending an OMDC Information Session and have accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.



For further information, please send an inquiry to programs2@omdc.on.ca or contact:

Bianca Spence | Coordinator, Industry Initiatives, Industry Development

Ontario Media Development Corporation

175 Bloor Street East | South Tower | Suite 501 Toronto | Ontario M4W 3R8

Direct phone: 416-642-6652 | Main phone: 416-314-6858 | Fax: 416-314-6876


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Friends and colleagues,

In 2007, I first became involved with a newly formed Association: CASO.  At that time, it was a group of studio owners who, the year before, wanted to organize an association to advocate and promote the industry;its founding members included Tom Turnbull (Rocket), Neil Williamson (Invisible), Ron Estey (CORE), Frank Falcone (Guru) and Dennis Berardi(Mr. X); Christa Tazzeo was then the one who put it all together and kept things on track.

Obviously, like the original founders, CASO is still around 7 years later, and still promoting and advocating on behalf of the visual effects and animation studios in Ontario. Our membership has grown substantially, as has our member services and presence worldwide under the stewardship of past Presidents including Neil Williamson, Michael Carter, Wes Lui, and Neishaw Ali; I can only hope to continue this trend of growth, and will rely heavily on our Director Shirlyn Antonio, and the present Board of Neishaw Ali (Spin), Wes Lui (House of Cool), Jamie Goodman (Guru), Judy Leung (Corus), Catherine Andrews (Rocket), Tavia Charlton (Masterkey) Bob Munroe and Steve Rich (Soho). A great group indeed.

As we move forward with the orgnaization, we do so at a time of strength in the industry; indeed, the past couple of years have witnessed the busiest times in Film and Television Production in Ontario, with our studios benefiting from the work created. We are thankful for the wonderful relations we have, and continue to have, with the Ontario Media Development Corporation,  the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Toronto Film Office; and the same thanks to other organizations in Ontario, with whom we have close ties with, such as Film Ontario, the DGC, and Interactive Ontario.

We intend to continue this through: 

  • trade missions for VFX and Animation studios to key destinations and trade shows;
  • promoting the high calibre of work performed here as well as the overall infrastructure;
  • introduce production studios to members;
  • develop relationships with organizations similar to CASO, in other countries;
  • promote co-production opportunities;
  • develop and further technological assistance through partnerships in Education and Innovation centres;
  • ensure close relationships with related local organizations and associations

As an association we do face challenges,  not the least of which is financial; at the moment, all internally generated activities are funded through membership dues – grants or other monies are specifically allocated to particular programs.CASO requires a great deal of effort and time, so for that reason, we will be aggressively pursuing sponsorship monies which will allow us to maintain and improve membership services and benefits. The CASO website will be key to the communication to members and to the transparency of the organization to the membership. Wes Lui has circulated a memo to all members about accessing the site to promote their studios and let us all share in the good news!

This promises to be a challenging year for CASO to ensure its relevency, its sustainability, membership services, and expansion to not just the GTA and Horsehoe, but to all of Ontario.  With a dynamic Board, a great Manager, and with your help, we can only get better and better!


All the best and good luck with your projects! Go Ontario!!!




CAS0 President


Toon Boom Master Classes at Max the Mutt in August!

Max the Mutt Animation School and Toon Boom Animation invite you to participate to one of the training sessions we are organizing this summer. These Master Classes are designed to give you a good knowledge of the leading Toon Boom professional products for storyboarding and animation.


Courses outline

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro: From Script to Animatic

Day 1: Intro, user interface, importing assets, drawing tools, project organization, working in a 3d space
Day 2: Animatic tools, camera moves, output, integration with other programs (editing, 3d)

Group A: August 12 and 14 (1 to 4 pm)  |  Group B: August 19 and 21 (1 to 4 pm)

Toon Boom Harmony: From Animatic to Reel 
Day 1: User interface, vector & bitmap drawing, traditional, and paperless animation, scene layout
Day 2: Cut-out animation (character design, rigging), lip-sync, drawing substitution, advanced animation tools
Day 3: Compositing; visual effects, 2d/3d integration, output rendering

Group C: August 11, 13 and 15 (1 to 4 pm)  |  Group D: August 18, 20 and 22 (1 to 4 pm)


120 $ +tax for the Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Master Class

250 $ +tax for the Toon Boom Harmony Master Class


Max the Mutt Animation School

952 Queen Street West. Toronto (ON) M6J 1G8

Participation bonus

Participants will receive a 3-months license of the relevant software.

Limited availability

There is a maximum capacity of 20 participants per group. Call Now!

To Register
or for more information please contact:
Max the Mutt Animation School
(416) 703-6877  |  info@maxthemutt.com


Toon Boom Animation 
(514) 490-6478  |  mtami@toonboom.com


Register Today For the Digital Marketplace Meetup, it’s FREE!

Join us for our 2nd annual digital jobfair! There is no cost for the event just register through our eventbrite page.

We are also looking for students who would like to submit their reels to be watched by some of the top studios and executives. To enter just follow the link bellow:


This years studio participants are (Tables 1-15):

CASO’s 2nd Annual Digital Job Fair







MAY 27st, 2014



This digital market “Meet up“ is designed to create opportunities for the Film and Television community graduating students and freelance creative artists  to meet studio representatives from across Ontario.

We are inviting you to participate in this inaugural event

There is NO COST to attend this all day event filled with panel discussions, screenings and guest speakers.

Studios, Colleges and Sponsors are invited to take part in this event in the Council Chambers from 1-4pm.

Students and studio reels will be played all day in the chambers.

Tables, chairs and cable outputs will be provided for all our participating studios/sponsors

This is your opportunity for your studio to meet the community of artistic and technical talents that can help augment your team.

If you would like to participate in this year`s Digital Market “Meet up“, please contact Shirlyn Antonio at shirlyn@casont.ca.