21 DAVE School Graduates credited on box office hit Spider-Man: No Way Home

Twenty-one of DAVE School’s own were credited for their Visual Effects work on the box office Marvel Cinematic Universe hit Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film achieved a record-breaking opening weekend with a whopping $260 million dollar debut, making it the second-highest-grossing domestic box office opening. While it surpassed the Avengers: Infinity War box office opening, it didn’t quite beat the number one grossing film, Avengers: Endgame which still leads the list with a $357.1 million grossed in its opening weekend. 

About the film: Spider-Man’s identity has been revealed worldwide and as a result, Peter Parker enlists the help of Doctor Strange. The spell to fix the issue goes wrong and characters’ from other worlds start appearing looking for Peter, and Peter is forced to make a decision on what to do. There are plenty of twists and turns and Peter discovers what being Spider-Man truly means.

*source: CNBC

Compositor, Digital Domain

"I started at The DAVE School with no VFX knowledge. The training I received there set me on the right path to fulfill my dream of working as a VFX compositor on many blockbuster films, including Spider-Man: No Way Home! I'll always be grateful to The DAVE School instructors who invested their time in nurturing my skills and building me up as an artist."

Compositing Supervisor, Crafty Apes

"It was super exciting to work on Spider-Man: No Way Home, especially with a team that included so many DAVE School Alumni!"


Congratulations to the DAVE School graduates who worked on this project:

  • Selena Farkas
  • Francesca Milde
  • Mike Brant
  • Timothy Fleur
  • Bryan Haines
  • Christopher Cheng
  • Duncan Key
  • Erika Chlupsa
  • Greta Thompson
  • Kevin Crowe
  • Kyle Merola
  • Paul Song
  • Ryan McConnell
  • Tanner Bartlett
  • Tyler Barnas
  • Drew Tobin
  • Jason Bomstein
  • Alex Heffner
  • Aaron Beyer
  • Zachary Lemire
  • Yael Majors

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The DAVE School Visual Effects Diploma program spans 12-months and offers scheduled starts each Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Its uniquely flexible, hybrid format combines nine months of live, online classes with three months of in-person learning here at our Orlando, Florida campus. Students get to refine their skills in an immersive combination of project-based workflows and applied studio skills, preparing them for their advancement into the Visual Effects workplace.

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The DAVE School was founded on June 8, 2000, by two Industry executives looking to create #CareerReady artists with a practical animation school. Today, The DAVE School offers specialized training in Visual Effects, Game Production, and Virtual Production with extensive practice under industry-level supervision.

Located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida®, The DAVE School has an 18,000 square foot facility that includes learning and interactive labs, a dedicated Virtual and Real-Time production stage, a Vicon motion capture system, 3D printing, and VR/AR labs and secure student access 7 days a week.

The DAVE School is an academic unit of NUC University (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. NUC’s NUC University – IBC Technical Division (NUC-IBC), NUC University – Florida Technical College (NUC – FTC), and The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School) are included in this accreditation. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).