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.
JHI creates bespoke curricula based on specific needs of certificate/diploma programs/master classes for 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 works with production studios and local government agencies (e.g., Method Studios, MDEC) to develop their on- boarding and workforce development/upskilling programs for new hires and industry professionals. The knowledge we cull from our existing productions is injected back into the curriculum design for certificate/diploma/master classes for professionals.