MPC Academy FAQ



 

What do I need to apply?

You need a demo reel that demonstrates your skill in a focused area. For the MPC Academy, that should be in one of the following areas: compositing, lighting, FX, or 3D digital matte painting. Check out this page for advice on reels.

Is there a way to track application status?

Once you have submitted for an Academy position the relevant recruiter will review your application. An MPC hiring manager will assess your showreel / samples and related background. If successful, an interview request will be sent. We endeavour to respond back to you as soon as possible. Feel free to email the recruiter for a quick status update.

How do I graduate from the Academy?

Firstly, dedication to learn, a strong work ethic and enthusiasm will take you a long way towards graduation. We look for those who are achieving goals and deadlines throughout the weeks but we also watch how you conduct yourself in a professional work environment. All of these things will inform us about how you will be as an artist if you graduate. Also, during the 12 weeks of the Academy you will be involved in Trainer and self assessment feedback sessions. These sessions will keep you updated on how you are performing, your strengths and weaknesses and what we need you to do in order to succeed and graduate to being a Junior artist.

After my interview, how long will it be before I receive feedback?

We aim to respond to you within a week of your interview.

How much will I get paid?

We offer a standard junior salary for the Academy. Details are usually discussed after the interview stage.

Do you have an animation academy?

Unfortunately no, however if you are interested in junior animation roles, you can apply online directly in the “Animation” department.

When is the next DMP Academy? We typically have a DMP Academy once a year. Our next Academy intake is January 2017 with exact start dates to be confirmed. We will be running compositing, FX and lighting academies in Montreal and Vancouver.

What happens after the first 12 months of my contract with MPC?

If you’ve performed to the expected standards in production and we have positions available you’ll be offered a new contract.

What is the best way to apply?

As we only review applications online, you can apply directly here. If the current academy is full, we will consider your application for the next round, as we run three academies a year.

 

How do I stand out from others?

The most important thing is the quality of your demo reel. It should focus on the area you are applying for and show an understanding of the work we do in that department.

If you are offered an interview, you’ll want to show professionalism and be articulate. Be prepared to answer why you chose to do the pieces you did and how you did it in detail. We will want to understand your thought process and hear about your problem solving skills.

Can I apply to more than one Academy?

Yes, though you need to have work on your reel that is targeted toward each Academy you apply for. One of the qualities we’re looking for in applicants is knowing what department you want to get into and can show that you’ve been working toward that goal. If you want to apply for more than one department, please indicate the relevant departments in the body of your cover letter in your online application and include the relevant reels for each of the departments.

If I applied in the past but didn’t make it - can I apply again?

Absolutely. We will only reconsider your application if submit an updated reel. We love to see new work.

I’m not a Canadian or a Canadian permanent resident, can I apply for the Academy in Canada?

If you have your own work permit, then yes, definitely.  If you do not have your own work permit, depending on your country of citizenship, we may be able to help you apply for a permit.  We take this case-by-case, you can get in touch with the Academy recruiters (Elina or Sara-Laila) and they will be able to take a look at your info and determine whether or not we can sponsor you. If you have a few years experience already then you may be eligible to apply for a mid level position regardless of your citizenship.

Who are the main contacts?

Sara-Laila Ghany recruits for compositing and FX sara-g@moving-picture.com
Elina Sumichan recruits for lighting elina-s@moving-picture.com

Where can I find out more about Bangalore Academy?

Please see this page for details about our Bangalore Academy.