Bruce Woloshyn

Radio and Television Arts ’84

Published on January 31, 2019

People don’t think of Vancouver as frontier territory. But in 1995, when Bruce Woloshyn joined visual effects startup Rainmaker Digital Pictures, it was. At least as far as Hollywood was concerned.

“We had to do things to show we could be taken seriously and that the industry could grow and thrive in Canada."

Thanks to those early efforts, Vancouver is now one of the largest production centres for visual effects in the world.

Woloshyn was instrumental in helping to establish the Visual Effects Society, an international entertainment industry professional group, in Vancouver, and, in 2007, hosted the voting for Special Visual Effects for the Emmy Awards at Rainmaker – the first time it was held outside the United States.

The award-winning visual effects supervisor, who now works for Method Studios, has also been charting new courses on the big and little screens, where his many credits include Stargate SG-1, The Twilight Saga movies and Night at the Museum.

“Almost every project demands that we do something we’ve never done before. And I really thrive on that.”

— Kristen Vernon