Algonquin grad Ian Blum on Oscar-nominated visual effects team

Ian Blum couldn’t have crafted a better storyboard for his career.

The Gatineau native is on a team of animation supervisors who worked on Life of Pi, nominated for a Visual Effects Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards.

“I’ve been saying to people before this movie came out — actually before I even started working on it — how this is going to be amazing,” Blum told the Sun over the phone from his home in Vancouver Friday.

“They didn’t really know what I meant, but then it comes out and they’re like, ‘oh yeah, it looks great.’”

The film is squaring off against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Marvel’s The Avengers, Prometheus, and Snow White and the Huntsman for visual effects.

Directed by Ang Lee, the movie is adapted from the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, about a young boy in Pondicherry, India, who’s shipwrecked, leading to a relationship with a Bengal tiger.

The film is up for 11 awards, including best picture, cinematography, and directing.

Overall, “it was great, ’cause I got to work directly with (Lee),” Blum said.

“The majority of the movie has animation in it.”

Blum knew his destiny when he was just 10 years old, graduating from the animation program at Algonquin College in 1995,

Working in film has taken him from Toronto to the Philippines.

The Academy Awards take place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

“I’ll be watching here, for sure,” he said.

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca

@ottawasunkroche

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