9 DAVE School Graduates win Emmy Awards at the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

The 2021 Emmy winners have been announced and 9 DAVE School Graduates have contributed to Visual Effects on the winning shows The Mandalorian, Star Trek: Discovery, along with movie Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards was telecasted on CBS and Paramount Plus streaming services on September 19, 2021.

Four graduates won Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie for their work on The Mandalorian. The graduates who worked on the show are Brian N. Bentley, Alex Heffner, Yael Majors, and Christopher Montesano.

Graduate Shawn Ewashko worked on the the Star Trek: Discovery season that won this years’ Emmy award in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode category. Other graduates who have contributed to the show in the past are Simon McKelleget, Jake Coy, Bryan Haines, Duncan Key, Jasper M. Baltzersen, Devin Marie Zoltowski, Sara Emily Tremblay, Quinn Woods Robinson, Michael Currie, and Thompson Conradi.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square took home the Emmy win for Outstanding Television Movie. Graduates Jasper M. Baltzersen, Tanner Bartlett, Christopher Cheng, Erika Chlupsa, and Joshua Young all worked on the project.

In total, twenty-two of DAVE School’s graduates have contributed to these projects throughout their show runs. 

Visual Effects Diploma Program

Visual Effects (VFX) is the essence of a movie or TV show once the filming is complete, the explosions, the falling helicopters, or the transformation from 21st century New York into 1920’s New York. Scenes that are too hard or dangerous to film, such as smoke, water, and oceans, or worlds and environments come to life through Visual Effects.

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.

About The DAVE School

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 and Game 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).