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Continuous Professional Learning Registration Begins July 30, 2021

Continuous Professional Learning Registration Begins July 30, 2021

Fri, June 25, 2021

Whether you’re looking to acquire rapid skills or establish the foundations for a new career, our expanding range of online and in-person courses will help you reach your career goals.

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A Message from the Senior Dean: Music Degree Update

A Message from the Senior Dean: Music Degree Update

Tue, April 27, 2021

Over the past few months, the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts began a review of our Bachelor of Music program delivery.

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Performing Arts & Music Success Stories

Humber Music Alumni Support Music Educators

Humber Music Alumni Support Music Educators

Tue, April 06, 2021

Everyone knows that college is a time for learning and developing skills. For those in Humber’s music programs, it’s also a time for developing your network of future collaborators.

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Making Waves: A Q&A with Atcheleh Aryee

Making Waves: A Q&A with Atcheleh Aryee

Tue, April 06, 2021

Atcheleh Aryee is an 18-year-old trumpet major and multi-instrumentalist in her first year of Humber’s Bachelor of Music program.

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Information, Computer & Digital Technology Success Stories

Meet the Faculty: Trever Johansen

Meet the Faculty: Trever Johansen

Wed, January 27, 2021

Trevor is an instructor in the 3D Modelling and Visual Effects Production program and is an alumnus of the 3D Animation program.

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Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Grad Spotlight: Fadi Sara

Tue, January 21, 2020

Fadi Sara graduated from 3D Animation in 2015 and is now the Tracking and Layout Department Lead at Mr. X in Toronto. 

Fadi was recently featured in The Focus Magazine for his team's work on the dramatic scene where Brad Pitt's character plummets 80,000 feet to Earth from an antenna that extends outside the planet's atmosphere.

We caught up with Fadi to find out more about what he does and how Humber helped him get there.

What is your current job title and what does that mean on a daily basis?

My current job title is "Tracking and Layout Department Lead" at Mr.X Inc in Toronto, Ontario. The tasks I perform in a day can vary, so here are some of the things that I do:

Lead - I oversee a team of 8 others on a daily basis as part of my duties as lead. I work with them to address any issues or concerns they have, as well as just general supervision, support, and direction.

New Show Setup – I work with the technical leads in the studio to set up new shows. I help ingest the data that’s been given to us by clients and set up the foundation required for each show so they’re ready for our artists to work with. This includes things like dictating render resolutions, color spaces, and software templates.

Interviews – I conduct interviews alongside my manager to scout for potential new hires in the Toronto tracking and layout department.

General Troubleshooting – I work alongside all the artists in my department to help them with any issues they may have. This can be related to the specific shot/show that they’re working on, or it could be one of our proprietary tools that needs bug fixes.

Pipeline Overseeing – I manage and oversee the pipeline for the Tracking and Layout department across all 3 locations. The "pipeline" is the technical term for the proprietary toolsets that allow for the transfer of data from one department to the other. I discuss, oversee and approve any development that affects the data coming into or going out of the tracking and layout team.

Training – Having worked with a team to pioneer the current training system in place for Tracking and Layout, I still oversee the training to this day. New hires for Toronto are seated next to me and get 1-on-1 time as they are introduced to the tools and workflow. Once they’re at a comfortable level, we put them into production. During this phase, they continue to sit next to me so I can oversee their work and troubleshoot any hiccups they may experience.

Shot Work – If there’s nothing from the above list on my plate for that day, I work on individual shots alongside my team.

What was your career path to get where you are now?

My career path after leaving Humber has been fairly single track. I was hired at Mr. X while still in my third year and have been here ever since. I was brought in as an "Entry Level Tracking Artist". Over the years, I was presented with more responsibility and higher-level tasks as my skillset, knowledge, and experience grew.

In the fall of 2017, I worked with my supervisors to restructure and establish an entirely updated training program for new hires in our department. This training has been widely successful. Over 10 artists have gone through it since and almost all are now at a senior level.

In the spring of 2018, I was given the opportunity to travel to India. We opened a branch in Bangalore and I was sent there to train the staff of the tracking and layout department in our proprietary toolsets and workflows. I held live demos, recorded hours of video training documentation, established personal connections and rapport with the individual artists, and continued communication with them afterwards, overseeing their work and progress.

In the fall of 2019, the position for department lead became available and I was presented with the promotion. I’ve been in that role since.

How did your time at Humber prepare you for what you’re doing now?

Humber did a fantastic job of preparation me for my career.

The education I received allowed me to build a portfolio that helped me acquire the position in the first place.

The outreach to former students and industry professionals prepared me by helping set up an in-depth network of resources and contacts. This helped me understand the importance of communication and references. It was a Humber grad I met through this networking that recommended me for the position at Mr. X, helping me secure the job.

Studio tours and guest speakers hosted by the professors gave me insider knowledge about the workings of the industry, and supported everything the instructors were telling us. Humber also helped prepare me with useful pointers on how to set up my demo reel, website, and resume to stand out more than other applicants.

Find out more about Fadi Sara on IMDB and read the articles where he and his team were featured: 

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-fall-brad-pitt-mr-x-fall-from-space

https://www.thefocus.com/news/ad-astra-brad-pitt-fall-mr-x-visually-chaotic

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Creative Arts & Design Success Stories

Grad Feature: Cassandra DePetrillo

Grad Feature: Cassandra DePetrillo

Wed, April 07, 2021

Cassandra DePetrillo has been working in the film and television industry since she graduated from the Film and Television Production program in 2011.

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Grad Feature: Anne Logan

Grad Feature: Anne Logan

Wed, April 07, 2021

Anne Logan graduated from the Creative Book Publishing program in 2008 and has been involved in the Canadian book industry for the past 12 years.

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Media & Public Relations Success Stories

From classroom to boardroom: Humber student launches eco-friendly business

From classroom to boardroom: Humber student launches eco-friendly business

Thu, April 15, 2021

Xana Mills is a graduating Bachelor of Digital Communications student. We caught up with Xana via email to hear more about her business and how it developed over her time at Humber.

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Grad Feature: Alfredo Films - Alexander, Holly and Shivam

Grad Feature: Alfredo Films - Alexander, Holly and Shivam

Wed, April 07, 2021

Alexander Henry, Holly Rowden, and Shivam Pandya graduated from the Bachelor of Film and Media Production in 2016.

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Applied Technology & Engineering Success Stories

Humber Professor of Game Programming Talks About eSports with CBC Radio

Humber Professor of Game Programming Talks About eSports with CBC Radio

Thu, November 08, 2018

Kristopher Alexander, Professor of Game Programming, recently spoke with CBC Radio Canada about eSports and the newly announced Overwatch team.

In the article, he discusses how video game players are real athletes and describes SMSIT’s Game Lab, outfitted with super-fast computers and ergonomic chairs.

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Game Programming Students Demo New Game

Game Programming Students Demo New Game

Tue, October 16, 2018

On September 27th, The School of Media Studies hosted an event in the E Building concourse in partnership with Microsoft and Relic Raiders.

The event was a live demo for Relic Raiders, a new indie game made by local Toronto developers, which will be released in late October.

Microsoft provided high-end laptops for students to play the game on. After playing the game, students were invited to provide feedback to on-site representatives. The event was a huge success, with over 400 students from all Humber faculties coming to play the game.

The event was also a major networking opportunity for Game Programming students from all years, but especially our third-year students. These students had the chance to connect with an upcoming local developer and to interact with a professional-grade Beta about to go through its final polish, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback and thoughts on how to further improve the game's design.

Overall, Microsoft was overjoyed with how the event turned out and is extremely interested in doing more of these events on an even larger scale.

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Business, Accounting & Management Success Stories

Which Media & Creative Arts program is for you?

Which Media & Creative Arts program is for you?

Thu, November 19, 2020

Find out at an upcoming program information session!

From Monday, November 23, 2020, to Friday, January 29, 2021, the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts is hosting one-hour virtual information sessions at various times. Connect with our professors to hear how you'll get hands-on experience through Live Labs, performances, and ongoing work-integrated learning, and learn the industry-specific business skills needed wherever your career and your story take you. Your professional future starts here.

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Student Success: Devon Jackson

Student Success: Devon Jackson

Mon, February 05, 2018

Devon Jackson is crafting an impressive resume: he's made a mark in the worlds of literature, theatre, music, and art.

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