HomeAlumni SuccessNew Image College Makes a Big Splash at the 2017 Leo Awards

This years 2017 Leo Awards honored some of Vancouver’s best technical performers, makeup artists, filmmakers, and T.V and Film actors. New Image College is proud to say that this year’s nominees included three New Image alumni, and two New Image College instructors.


Furthermore, our acting department head, Phil Granger, as well as our acting alumni, and three time Leo Award nominee, Dakota Daulby, were invited as honored hosts during the Gala Event. The pair would give away both Dramatic Series, “Best Supporting Performance by a Male and Female” awards on the Sunday evening.


The Leo Awards would add another successful year to their already impressive roster. As the nights unfolded, New Image College alumni Megan Nicholson, our prosthetics instructors Michelle Grady and Ryan Nicholson would all take home Leo Awards for their incredible work on the Sony Pictures production, Dead Rising: Endgame! We are extremely proud, and honored by all their success.


Since graduation, Megan Nicholson has carved out an impressive career in the makeup industry. As a full IATSE 891 member, Megan has been excelling in her field. As her resume and seniority continue to increase, so does the scale of production Megan is working on. Her recent credits include, Netflix’s much anticipated series, Altered Carbon, and the hugely successful, Van Helsing. In addition, Megan has taken part of the dramatic horror, It Stains the Sands Red, Blood Feast and a key makeup artist position on the indie horror Puppet Killer.


Our Fashion and Film Makeup Design graduate, Matty Lutz was also honored with a nomination during the event. He was being recognized for his impressive makeup abilities on the short drama, Haley. Like Megan, Lutz has excelled after graduation. With a full time position at one of Vancouver’s leading SPFX houses, Lindala Schminkin fx Inc., Lutz’s career has taken off in the recent years (And for good reason! He is insanely talented!). You will be able to catch some of his work on Supernatural, American Conjuring, The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Aaron Paul, and Lionsgate’s 2017 reboot of Power Rangers.


Our SPFX instructors Michelle Grady and Ryan Nicholson have both come off impressive of years of their own. Michelle’s work on Dead Rising: Endgame was crucial in the success of the project. It is an understatement to explain how proud we are of her. For Ryan, this year’s Leo Award win can now be placed next to the Gemini Award he won for Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. Ryan Nicholson recently wrapped the latest The Predator installment, and in between teaching, he will continue his work in Altered Carbon.


“What I really love about my career, is that I am in the position where I can go into New Image College and meet new budding students. It excites me to help them learn in the right direction. And then later on, it is such a rewarding feeling to be on a set and see your old students who have now become peers”. – Ryan Nicholson


New Image College’s graduates have been making waves in all facets of the industry, and not only in film. Our students work around the world doing what they love, and this latest set of acknowledgments is a clear sign that the skill, integrity, and dedication our alumni put into their craft is elevating them above the crop.


New Image College graduates work. And their success at the 2017 Leo Awards, has also made it clear that they are leaders in their industries.