The Keith Report: August 17th 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!

Free Guy

The Ryan Reynolds action comedy Free Guy was recently released only in theaters on August 13th and Les Foor (2010), Dusty Hayes (2012), Alex Heffner (2010), Yael Majors (2010), Chris Montesano (2010), Daniel Perez (2008), Aaron Beyer (2009), Terry Klopfenstein (2011), and Melissa Whitcomb (2010) all worked on it! released on June 17th and grad Kevin Sanders (2016) worked on it at Frame Machine! Set in a video game, Free Guy is a movie about becoming a hero within a video game world, working to save the day. Free Guy was inspired by many open play video games and role-playing games like Grand Theft Auto.


Season 2 of SEE comes out on August 27th and grads Joseph Lisowski (2016), Jimi Clark (2010), Pavel Hristov (2009), and Selena Farkas (2016) have worked on the series!

The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad came out in theatres and on HBO Max on August 6th and Jaime Riveros (2014), April Singleton (2015), and Jason Bradbury (2015) all worked on this latest addition to the DCEU! In The Suicide Squad, a rag tag group of super-villains come together to work for a secret government agency to save the world from an apocalypse. The Suicide Squad stars many A list actors including Margot Robbie, Will Smith, John Cena and Jared Leto.

Spidey and His Amazing Friends

The Marvel children's series Spidey and His Amazing Friends came out on August 6th on Disney Junior and grad Ben Redman (2019) worked on it as a rigger!

What If

Marvel Studios WHAT IF...? was released on Disney+ on August 11th and Erich Bomke (2014) worked on it as a lighter!


The Aretha Franklin BioPic RESPECT came out in theaters on August 13th and grads Jason Bradbury (2015), Chris Cheng (2016), Brian Haines (2004), Duncan Key (2015), and Evander Major (2015) all worked on it!


The second season of Stargirl begins streaming on the CW on August 17th  and there were several grads who worked on the amazing looking visuals! Sean Joseph served as a VFX Supervisor and he brought on Derek Serra and Brian Arndt to help! Mariel Folmer, Ryan Markley, and Joseph Coto also worked on it!


Beckett was released on Netflix on August 13th and Chris Cheng (2016), Bryan Haines (2004), and Tyler Usie (2017) all worked on the film as compositors for Crafty Apes!


The horror film Candyman premieres in theaters on August 27th and grads Hadi Daher (2015) and Rachel Ulciny (2016) worked on the movie!

The Night House

The Night House opens on August 20th  and Jasper Baltzersen (2002), Tanner Bartlett (2015), Chris Cheng (2016), Jeremy Peacock (2015), and Josh Young (2015) worked on this spooky looking film!


The feature film Reminiscence premiers in theaters and on HBO Max on August 20th and grads Jason Bradbury (2015) and Rachel Ulciny (2016) worked on the movie!


The STARZ original series HEELS  began streaming on August 15th and grads Erika Chlupsa (2016), Tanner Bartlett (2015), Mike Brant (2015), Bryan Haines (2004), and Tyler Usie (2017) worked on the show!

Job Updates!

Motoki Nishii Environment Art Director Third Floor

Congratulations to grad Motoki Nishii (2007) who is now the Environment Art Director for The Third Floor!!

MPC Megan Kuntz

Congratulations to alumnus Megan Kuntz (2016) who was just hired as a compositor for MPC!  

Javier Hernandez Grover Gaming

Congratulations to grad Javier Hernandez (2007) who just got promoted to Art Director at Grover Gaming!!

Dan Kaczkowski Crafty Apes

Congratulations to Dan Kaczkowski (2019) who was just hired by Crafty Apes as a compositor!

Chris Jennings Avatar Partners

Congratulations to alumnus Chris Jennings (2007) who is now a senior technical artist at Avatar Partners!

Aaron Juntunen Tencent

Congratulations to Aaron Juntunen (2008) who just got hired by Tencent America as a senior animator!

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) is 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)