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bream comes true for Conestoga grad This is the fourth in a six-part series on Conestoga alumni who are nominated for the 2002 Premier’s Awards, an annual, provincial awards program created by the government to acknowledge the impor-

isn’t

about

work

in the

but rather

how

exciting

it

is

to

motion picture industry,

how

important

it is

to fol-

By VANESSA LAYE

low your dreams by obtaining and perfecting the skills needed to reach them, as well as dedication. “You can be successful if you put your heart into it and if you work as hard as you can,” he said. In addition, he emphasizes that children should choose the occupation they want in life and not be persuaded by what their parents want

As a boy, Neil Tril'unovich dreamed about working in the

them to be. Giving others hope and help through his speeches or by provid-

economic and social contribucollege graduates make to Ontario. Award winners will be

tant tion

announced

Feb.

2003

24,

in

Toronto.

owner company in

ing the poor with the essentials to

Guelph, he works with the rich and

reaches out to communities around

famous.

the world.

movie

industry. Today, as the

of a special effects

survive are just

“1

Tril'unovich said the broadcasting

board to a great career. "It

was

the place to start because grabbed you and turned you

really

into an adult.”

He

credits his teachers at the col-

and dedica-

lege for their guidance tion in helping

polish the skills to prepare

him

him to attain and that were necessary

others.

for his career.

Because of his outstanding contri-

“Conestoga arranged for us to work in different locations and

work

learn to

beneficial because up.

was

You became

sure

it

woke you

of room for mistakes,” he said. In the middle of his first year he

had his own show at CJOY radio in Guelph and was given the opportunity to get hands-on experience at

awards: Announcer of the Year in his first and second year, and

Broadcaster of the Year in his third year

at the college.

However,

it

was

summer job

his

department

in the special effects

I

j

at

of

time job with CBC special effects, but was only with them for a year

when he went on

skills

television

cials,

worldwide. “Being a supervisor I’m responsi-

commer-

and motion

ble for the crew, the budget, safety, everything, so I have to oversee the

pic-

tures.

couldn’t be creative

“I just

at

took a chance and went out on the road,” he said. In the short time he was at the CBC he won the Prix Anik Award

CBC,

so

I

effects

special

for

assistant.

He

also helped to advance the broadcaster’s special effects department,

working in motion pictures. After graduation he took on a

effects

that

Security

full-

removes

by proving sive

research

to

sions

have

sum-

inside

posses-

left their

their lockers

come back

may

to the college to

find their lockers vacant. Ir\' Schenck, a security guard at Conestoga College, said over the

summer 500

to

600 locks were

removed. Lockers are supposed to be emptied at the end of the school year, so they can be reas-

summer

signed to part-time and Security had a lockers’ owners,

list

and

of

all

all

the

the items

obtained from the lockers over the summer were kept in the security office for three that,

months.

the

were

office for resale,

TOMS

As the jobs got bigger, so did his reputation and his equipment. As a he started up his own com-

in

result,

pany, Northern Effects, where he rents out and stores his film artifacts and equipment out of a tractor-trailer.

“When someone

me

hires

special effects for them,

them

to ship in

my

I

to

do

just get

tractor-trailer

thing interests turn

children, which

makes him

a

sought-after

schools across the grabs his audience by showing them clips of his special effects and talks to them about the

speaker world.

famous

at

He

actors he

works with

in the

industry.

However, the underlying message

of equipment,” he said.

believes

Costner, Trifunovich

it’s

time for a change. “Rain is never the same twice, a bullet

said.

said.

Creating fires, shooting out blood and blowing up almost any-

the

Missing: one awfully good companion, great for taking a load off, enjoys. the outdoors. Last seen: outside

Door

3,

answers to the name Bench. Did anyone else notice that the two benches outside Door 3 and Door 5 of the main building at Conestoga College were missing

college

hit

is

always different.

I

now move forward and be

need

to

more

creative,” he said. “I

shift gears

need to and get into directing."

Currently his

life

has

come

futr

he negotiates doing radio commercials like he did in the past. However, he is also working on a circle, as

new

pet project, writing a love

that takes place in 1943.

story'

He hopes

the script will be the stepping stone for future endeavours.

while supplies were

Both of the benches were removed about three weeks ago and hadn’t been seen Schlei.

lead

groundskeeping

for

Peter

in

said

hand

of

physical

repairs. in front

the

fixing

benches,

“Now we have nowhere to

sit.”

McGhic.

graphic design sHtdent

quite a

resources, said the benches were removed because they required

by clothes were

Schlei

which are approximately 10 years old, was a task for a rainy day, when work outside could not be completed due to poor weather conditions.

Christ}'

for awhile?

The bench

The Salvation Army aif^'^merwork was thrown out.

don-’ied to

over the world and to learn from them and to help teach them things is an incredible experience,” he

ordered.

a break in

the

he

is one of the things he about his job. “To be able to meet people all

Travelling likes best

Conestoga College. After 25 years in the business, with 250 commercials under his belt, and just finishing his 50th feature film. Open Range with Kevin

Missing benches returned

and

textbooks

binders were distributed

CSI

using

while.

students.

After

some of

entire job,”

full

Bv JANINE

mer?

who

that

were

your belong-

ings left in lockers over the

Students

they

them through exten-

unsafe.

locker items What happened

to

provides special effects worldwide

1985 he started supervising motion pictures

In

to freelance his in

company that

special effects in

helped him to make his mark in the industry, and which ultimately led him to his dream of

CBC-TV

jjj

I

and

Year

the

of

owner

Northern Effects Ltd., a has been nominated for a Premier’s Award. Neil Trifunovich,

special effects

in Kitchener.

His dedication and hard work him three prestigious earned

Director

(Photo by Vanessa

a professional real-

lot

CKCO-TV

and abroad, he was named an Alumnus of Distinction in 2000 the entered into was and and Radio Broadcasting Television Hall of Fame in 2001 at

locally

really

quickly because there wasn’t a

ly

butions and accomplishments both

in a real (broadcast-

ing) environment. That

rice for the elderly, milk for

have just had babies, pay for a child to have schooling for one year, and I buy shoes for everybody,” he said. “It’s just a way of giving back. It’s something that fm blessed to be able to da.” However, when he gives a poor family or child something they need for survival, he encourages and hopes that they will give back to

Conestoga College was the spring-

it

buy

some of the ways he

women who

radio and television program at

-

.

of Door 3 had

one of its pre-cast cemented edges and the wood of the bench outside Door 5 was cracked and broken. The benches were being stored at

Currently there are four benches main building

situated outside the

and approximately six benches outside the main cafeteria's door. Christy McGhic. a first-year graphic design student, was upset that the bench outside Door 5 was gone. "1 hate that

we have nowhere

it's

to

gone.

Now

sit.

Rest easy though. The benches have been fixed and placed back outside the main building.

First-y©ar graphic design student Christy

McGhic

es outside Door 3 and Door 5 were removed.

is

upset bench-

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