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About

📸 - Sydney J Benedet

My name is Cole Armstrong, I’m a Lighter and Compositor based in Toronto and have been working in the industry for 8 years. Primarily I've worked in feature and episodic animation at DNEG Animation, Stellar Creative Lab, Jam Filled, Snowball Studios, SPINVFX and more! I have extensive lighting and compositing experience with knowledge of many different workflows and renderers. I actively seek to expand my skill set and challenge my abilities through online courses, tutorials and books. Additionally I like to dabble in the technical side of things and look for new opportunities to create artist friendly tools and scripts to minimize tedious tasks and maximize production quality! 

Professional Summary
Personal Interests

I'm a big fan of personal fitness! I love being active and playing sports like Tennis, Hockey and Football.

 

 

I've lived in Toronto for three years now. Through my time in Toronto I've been searching to find the best Nachos in the city... So far Score on King St and Prohibition on Queen St are my 2 favourites, although I am happy to accept recommendations!

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Goals

Expand my Python Scripting Knowledge
I have a small background in coding through college and high school although I would really love to learn more to enhance my workflow and create easy to use tools!

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Nuke 101
by Ron Ganbar

Digital Compositing for Film and Video: Production Workflows and Techniques
by Steve Wright

The Art and Science of Digital Compositing: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics 
by Ron Brinkmann

Lighting for Animation: The Art of Visual Storytelling

 by Jasmine Katatikarn and Michael Tanzillo

Masters of FX

 by Ian Failes

The VES Handbook of Visual Effects

 by Susan Zwerman and Jeffrey A. Okun

Inside VFX: An Insider's View Into The Visual Effects And Film Business

 by Pierre Grage and Scott Ross

The Visual Effects Producer: Understanding the Art and Business of VFX

 by Charles Finance and Susan Zwerman

The Digital Matte Painting Handbook

 by David B. Mattingly

Book Wish List
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Explore Blink Script
I've done some basic tutorials on Blink Script although believe it's incredibly powerful and would love to dive deeper into the subject matter.

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