Technicolor Academy Launched to Develop, Train VFX Talent (MESA)

Technicolor announced the launch of the Technicolor Academy, a talent training and development program based on the methodology and success of MPC Film’s four-year old program, MPC Academy. The mission is to develop, nurture and grow computer graphics artists’ skills and abilities, and prepare them for a role at one of Technicolor’s world-class film and episodic content VFX studios, which include MPC Film, Mill Film, Mr. X and Mikros.

Spearheaded by Technicolor Academy’s global head of learning and development, Jonathan Fletcher, the academy will host recent film-school graduates, offering a 12-month full-time paid internship and contract.

The course starts with eight to 10 weeks of intensive hands-on training on state-of-the-art software tools, after which the candidates move into a dedicated career pathway where they will learn the film VFX pipeline, starting with placement and real-world experience at one of Technicolor’s VFX studios.

Training will be provided by some of the industry’s most experienced VFX professionals using a blended combination of workshops, master classes and online training, offering a unique learning pathway, practical support, and career inspiration for aspiring artists.

The Technicolor Academy will open training facilities at key Technicolor VFX locations such as Montreal, Bangalore and Vancouver in July, followed by Adelaide, Australia, later this year. Technicolor plans to enroll more than 400 students in 2018 with plans to take on 600 artists in 2019.

The Technicolor Academy is committed to addressing equality and inclusion within its studios and the wider VFX industry, with plans to achieve a hiring target of 40 percent women into the academy in 2018. The aim is, to offer internships and apprenticeships to encourage students from all backgrounds to pursue a VFX career.