The Keith Report: April 8th Alumni Update

For those of you who are looking for something to watch or play be sure to check out some of these projects that our graduates have worked on!

The state of play trailer for Hogwarts Legacy was recently released and grads Kevin Sanders and David Jeka are both working on the Hogwarts Legacy project! Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts Legacy will release in Q4 of 2022. It will be available for PS5, PS4, Xbox consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The comic adaptation of Morbius was released in theaters on April 1st and graduates Samantha McConnell and Jaime Riveros worked on the film!

The live action sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 comes out only in theaters on April 8th and graduate Josh Clark worked on the film as an animator!

The newest Michael Bay action film Ambulance comes out only in theaters on April 8th and graduate Chris O'Connell worked on it as a VFX Artist!

The third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series... Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore comes out only in theaters on April 15th and grads Rachael Chiarella, Jessica Chiarella, Toni Marie Chiarella, and Bradley Henke worked as VFX artists on the film! Fantastic Beasts is set in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter books. The many Fantastic Beasts cared for by Newt help the world of wizardry stay exciting in every scene.

The Showtime original series The First Lady comes out on April 17th and grads Bryan Haines and Chris Cheng worked on the series as compositors!

The Nicolas Cage comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent comes out in theaters on April 22nd and graduate Derek Serra worked on it as a compositor!

The new Dreamworks animated film The Bad Guys comes out in theaters on April 22nd grad Wes Chilton worked on the series as a VFX Artist!

The 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek film has been remastered in glorious 4K! Star Trek: The Motion Picture Directors Edition came out on April 5th and grad Jim Hibbert worked as a CG artist on the new shots!!

The new CW superhero show Naomi comes out on April 19th and grad Jasper Baltzersen worked on the show as a compositor!

The Showtime remake of The Man Who Fell To Earth begins streaming on Showtime on April 24th and graduate Shawn Ewashko worked as a VFX Manager on the series!

Graduate Brian Arndt has been working on the mobile strategy game DomiNations for Big Huge Games!

David Maxwell has been working on his own game called HAX which is a VR FPS for the Meta Quest and it has over 200,000 downloads!

Job Updates!

Congratulations to grad Daniel McCollum who is now a Senior CG Artist for Falcons Beyond Global!

Congratulations to Antonio Santoni who was just hired by Glowstick as a CG Supervisor!!

Congratulations to graduate Olivia Guerra who is now a Scrum Master for Civicplus!!

Congratulations to grad George De La Fe who was just hired by Paradigm as a Senior 3D Generalist!!

Congratulations to Jeff Cavitt who was just hired by Turn 10 as a 3D Artist 3!!

Congratulations to Angel Villacis who was just hired by Charlotte Tilbury Beauty as a Senior 3D Designer!

Congratulations to graduate Jon Santiago who just got hired by SuperPlastic Toys as a 3D Artist!

Congratulations to Matt Graham who just got hired by Meta as a 3D Animator!

Congratulations to graduate Jackson Lichlyter who was just hired by MetaStage!!

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.

Game Production Diploma Program

Game production is predominantly about imagining and building entire worlds and their inhabitants from scratch and devising immersive experiences that can run and adapt to the demands of user play in real-time. Our GAME PRODUCTION students share much of the initial introduction to their craft with our VFX crew, as the fundamental skills required in 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, and composition have a lot of overlap.

The DAVE School Game Production Diploma (GPD) teaches specifically for success in this thriving industry. Like its sister VFX Diploma, the GPD Program spans 12 months and offers scheduled starts each Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. Its uniquely flexible, hybrid format combines nine months of live, online classes with three months of on-campus lessons in Orlando, Florida. During this three-month studio residency, students work together under the direct guidance of their instructors on pre-production techniques of a real game of their making.

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.

NUC University (NUC) is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 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. NUC’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on 2019 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).