The John Hughes Institute is an educational entity and the sister company of Tau Films. It is composed of a global community of artists, technologists, and educators, headed by VFX-Pioneer John Hughes, who provide the best practices in the art + science of entertainment. We create bespoke curricula based on the specific needs of existing programs for university faculty and industry professionals. This gives institutions the flexibility to respond to immediate changes in technology and workflows in the workplace and participate in Train-the-Trainer/Faculty Education programs.
JHI's Advanced Specialization Programs (ASP) are fully remote, although in the future, we plan to offer hybrid environments of physical - and virtual - classrooms. Our areas of specialization include: Animation, Character FX, Compositing, FX, Leadership, Lighting, LookDev, Modeling, Narrative, Pipeline, Production Management, VFX Editing, and Virtual Production. We also offer educational consulting/career planning through JHI Pathways.
We focus primarily on these distinct environments:
Our programs foster creative innovation, problem solving, and critical thinking in the art + science of entertainment.
Our courses also enhance professional growth and career opportunities for work in games, XR, commercials, film & television, and themed entertainment.
The Tau Films/John Hughes Institute (JHI) alliance is a global coalition of an Animation/VFX studio and an academy (with locations in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Vancouver), offering courses in virtual and/or hybrid formats.
JHI is Tau’s sister-company, with a mission to realize John Hughes' vision of educating artists, production, and technical staff in locations where Tau Films/JHI has a presence, and to serve the global animation and VFX community.
John Hughes is the co-founder/President of Tau Films and of JHI. In 1987, he co-founded Rhythm & Hues (R&H), an Animation and VFX house that received 3 Academy Awards for Best VFX in 1995, 2008, and 2013. Since 2007, JHI and its preceding entity, Rhythm & Hues University/RHU (2007-2012), have been building communities of VFX artists/production/pipeline staff in global locations (e.g., Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing). "Building communities of Animation & VFX professionals" is the core tenet of John Hughes, the founder of Tau Films, JHI, and Rhythm & Hues (R&H). Our faculty has a combined knowledge of over 40 years of animation, SFX, and VFX.