Ready to skyrocket your VFX career? Discover the power of online learning! Join us and expert educators to explore the benefits of continued education, for both novices and pros. Boost your skills, land new opportunities, and achieve your goals in the ever-growing VFX world.
Before launching CAVE Academy, Jahirul worked as a VFX Trainer for the multi Oscar-winning VFX studio, DNEG London, published and co-authored a number of books for 3D Total, and created training content for 3D Total, 3D Artist and CG Circuit. His role at DNEG included designing and delivering training on all stages of the DNEG VFX pipeline from onset data acquisition, to assets and shots, and creating and maintaining the in-house documentation covering pipeline, workflows and best practices. In 2018, Jahirul launched CAVE Academy and since inception, they have released over 10 on-demand courses, and run numerous online, in-person and remote training courses for companies such as: Framestore, Rebellion, Union, BlueBolt, Clear Angle Studios, BBC Media (Tunisia), Lumine Studios (Indonesia), Bournemouth University, Filmakademie, NFTS and Creative Media Skills. His ongoing relationship with industry has also allowed him to continue working directly on production projects. Currently, he is supporting Clear Angle Studios with their Asset team, Bentley/Paramex on their car configurator, and many other companies on pipeline design and workflow support.
Jason is a VFX Supervisor and Compositing Mentor at CG Spectrum. Since 2004, the LA-based visual storyteller has worked as an Animator, Editor and Compositor on dozens of TV shows and films. Jason has held senior roles at studios such as Technicolor and FuseFX where he’s currently a VFX Supervisor.
Skilled at combining CG and FX elements with live-action plates, Jason’s credits include Ratched, The Morning Show, The Orville, Julia, Station 19, and 9-1-1: Lone Star, for which he and his team scored a VES Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode.
Dedicated to inspiring the next wave of artists, Jason has encouraged countless students to explore and experiment with the power of Nuke. He’s been mentoring at CG Spectrum for the past 6 years, and has also spent time as a trainer and mentor for FuseFX’s Junior Compositor Apprenticeship program.
Teaching both early career talent and established artists, many of Jason’s graduates have gone on to enjoy successful industry careers at studios around the world.
Jasmine Katatikarn is a Creative Leader, CEO of the Academy of Animated Art, Coach/Educator, and Tech Artist Manager at Amazon. She also co-authored the book "Lighting for Animation: The Art of Visual Storytelling." Jasmine holds a B.A. in economics/art history from Vassar College and received her Master of Science in Digital Imaging and Design degree from NYU. After graduate school, Jasmine began working in 3D medical visualization. She later moved on to VFX work, where she worked at Framestore, The Mill, and Rhinofx/Gravity. She then transitioned to feature animated film work at Blue Sky Studios, where she worked for over ten years as a Senior Lighting Technical Director. In addition to her work in the industry, Jasmine co-founded and runs the Academy of Animated Art, an online school offering courses in animation and VFX. Taught by experienced professionals, the curriculum is designed to help students reach their full creative potential and get jobs in the industry. Jasmine is passionate about inspiring the next generation of creatives and has recently launched an after-school initiative to introduce middle school students to animation.
Kirstyn Salehi is an educator, a lifelong learner, and the Education Industry Manager at Foundry. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas. Over the course of her career, she has taught preschool to graduate school and everything in between. Using her experience in the classroom and in higher education administration, she works to connect with schools and studios to understand the education needs across the VFX industry.