About Us

The Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre is one of Sheridan’s Research Centres, committed to working directly with industry partners on innovation and training projects while infusing new knowledge into Sheridan’s curriculum.  SIRT was established by Sheridan in 2009 and works extensively with students and faculty/staff in areas such as applied learning and research. The Centre has also been made possible by government funding from provincial and federal government levels.

Located at Pinewood Toronto Studios in the heart of the city’s film and television studio district, SIRT is a premier destination for training, collaboration and creation for the screen-based industry in Ontario and around the world. Our state-of-the-art production studio and lab facility is a content creator’s dream come true.

Together with our partners, we explore and evolve digital image capture and creative processes for the film, television and gaming industries. Currently, the Centre is focusing on developing and enhancing technology in workflow, stereoscopic production, previsualization, virtual reality & 360 filming, digital cinema, virtual production, and remote and real-time collaboration.

Our cutting-edge equipment sets the industry standard. When you step on to our fully-equipped 10,000 square foot sound stage, you’ll feel like the research, training and production possibilities are endless. Advanced digital cinema cameras, stereoscopic camera rigs, motion capture technology and leading edge virtual reality technology are ready and waiting for your next project.

Our Technology Access Centre (TAC) designation is one-of-a-kind in Canada. As a Digital Media TAC, designated by the Federal Government, we are able to offer evolved and specialized services to companies, organizations and guilds locally and globally. 

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Meet The Team

John Helliker

Director, Strategic Partnerships

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John Helliker

John Helliker is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at SIRT as well as its founder. John has been an inspiration at Sheridan College since 2005, initially teaching direction and previsualization as a faculty member. Prior to this, John worked extensively and successfully as a director and writer within the Canadian film and television industry. In 2012, John was presented with Ontario’s prestigious ORION Leadership Award for Higher Education. In 2014, he was awarded the Association of Canadian Community Colleges National Leadership Excellence Award, which recognizes his innovative work at SIRT. Currently, his creative and research focus is on virtual reality, empathy and social action.

David Dexter

Operations and Business Development Manager

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David Dexter

David Dexter is the Operations and Business Development Lead for SIRT—Screen Industries Research and Training Centre—at Sheridan. David has been integral in transitioning SIRT into a sustainable research and Technology Access Centre (TAC) thanks to his passion for live events and vision for technology. Twenty-five years of experience in multiple industries, including mobile (Nokia), technology (IBM) and music, combined with an acumen for business development and delivering cutting-edge products to market, makes David a leading expert in bridging the gap between training, technological development and studio production.

Bert Dunk

Manager, Technical Production and Research Projects

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Bert Dunk

Bert Dunk is SIRT’s Technology Supervisor/Director of Photography and one of Canada’s premier cinematographers. Well-known for his Hawaiian shirts, Bert’s career has spanned more than 45 years and includes feature films, television movies, episodic TV and commercials. Bert is a graduate of the Germain School of Photography in New York City, four-time winner of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ annual achievement award and recurrent Genie Award nominee. Over his lengthy career, Bert has filmed some of the world’s most prominent actors including Gordon Pinsent, Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Hurley, Peter Faulk, Angie Dickenson, Ann-Margret, Richard Harris, Louis Gossett Jr, and John Cassavetes.

Seelan Vamatheva

Applied Research Lead

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Seelan Vamatheva

Seelan Vamatheva is the Applied Research Lead at SIRT and integral in developing technologies, content and experiences for the screen industries. With a focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies, Seelan is one of the reasons SIRT is becoming a cutting-edge facility and industry creation hub. His resume is impressive as well. He helped developed multiplayer technology for Microsoft, lent his talent to multiple animated feature films, created plugins for Autodesk, designed several iOS and Andriod games, and most recently, developed a game for the PS4. It was a finalist at the 2015 Canadian Video Game Awards.

Bronwyn Halliday

Project Coordinator

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Bronwyn Halliday

Bronwyn Halliday is the Project Coordinator at SIRT and the primary lead between SIRT and the Applied Research Team at Sheridan College. She uses her education—graduate of Sheridan’s Project Management postgraduate program and a B.A. in Film Studies—and prowess for problem solving to ensure all SIRT events and projects are successfully delivered. She is an essential part of the team as she coordinates large events, co-op student onboarding, board meetings and financing. As part of her studies, Bronwyn helped Habitat for Humanity implement and adapt a new e-marketing platform.

Spencer Idenouye

Virtual Production Lead

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Spencer Idenouye

Spencer Idenouye is the Virtual Production Lead at SIRT. As part of a collaborative team, Spencer is creating an integrated virtual production studio for training, applied research and commercial services. He provides leadership and expertise in applied research and technical research for the movie, television and gaming industries, and is focused on the application of VR technologies. Spencer’s education is extensive: A BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technologies and two post-graduate diplomas in Directing and Editing in Advanced Television and Film and Computer Animation Digital Visual Effects. His expertise includes directing, editing, VFX artistry, cinematography, digital content production and motion capture.

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