Building a Dream
is a 1988 NABC graduate from the two-year Associate
of Arts program. He is currently working in the film
industry in Los Angeles, USA. In the past, he has worked
on such films as, The Mummy Returns, Peter Pan and Terminator
3. Ever since he was a child, he dreamed of one day
working on a Star Wars movie.
Ron grew up as the eldest son of 5 children. He has
many childhood memories of taking music lessons, going
to church with his family and spending hours on schoolwork.
He recalls the rare special family event of going to
the movie theatre together. The films that left the
biggest impression on him and the most drawings in his
school notebooks were the Star Wars epics.
Upon graduating from high school and due to his belief
in Christ, Ron sought an educational grounding by accepting
a music scholarship at North American Baptist College.
NABC’s two-year AAR transfer program appealed
to him because of its transferability and because of
the school’s dedication to teaching from a Christian
Ron’s Christian worldview developed exponentially
through one particular experience during his time at
NABC. Ron’s music group, “Passport/Good
News Ambassadors” traveled throughout Cameroon
for 6 weeks. They were able to sing to prisoners, visit
remote villages and experience the true culture of Cameroon.
Ron was “truly shocked at the cultural bankruptcy
and over-indulgences of the secular western society”
in comparison to this African country. He left with
eyes wide open, heart set afire and shoulders broadened
to take on the challenges/dreams that were coming his
Ron enrolled in Landscape Architecture at UBC and graduated
with his Bachelor’s degree. Following his time
at UBC, he went through some rocky times, which eventually
led him to move back to Edmonton. He worked at a landscape
architectural firm and began the process of healing.
His job was unfulfilling and he became concerned that
his dreams were being dashed.
“If only I could switch careers into the computer
graphics entertainment industry, but it costs so much
to get specialized training”, Ron thought. After
seeking God in prayer, He provided a way for Ron and
soon he found himself graduating from Vancouver Film
School. He loved every minute of the program. From high-end
computer software to the traditional disciplines of
drawing, he found a true outlet for his talents. Animation
was his passion. Dreams were beginning to come true.
After a short time of trying to break into the industry
while working in the landscape architecture field in
Hawaii, he moved to Florida to work at an animation
studio, and eventually landed a dream job with Industrial
Light and Magic across the country in California. He
worked on such films as, The Mummy Returns, Terminator
3, Peter Pan, and his dream-come-true, Star Wars: Episode
II! He has recently made the move to Los Angeles to
work for Sony Pictures Imageworks. He joined the pre-production
team for their new animation division and is currently
working on their first animated feature Open Season.
He has been continually amazed at how God has blessed
him with his dreams. His passion for film/animation
began when he was a boy and has now come true as an
adult. God has given Ron dreams so that he might do
His work. Not everything in his life has gone “as
planned,” but it is clear to Ron that he is being
used as a positive Christian influence in the film industry.
He would encourage those who are “laypeople”
not to view themselves as second-class citizens in the
Christian world, but rather to know that God is working
through them. When answering the question, what are
you going to do next in life, he says, “Let’s
see, what other dreams do I have?…”
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