The Keith Report: December 19th, 2022 Edition

Welcome to the December 19th edition of The Keith Report! From all of us at DAVE School, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Below you will find information about our alumni’s successes, events happening on campus, student highlights, job postings, and more. If you have something you'd like to see featured in the news letter send me an email at

Finally!! Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is available on Paramountas of May 5th and graduates Shawn Ewashko, and Zach Hamelton worked on the show as producers!

The new Josh Brolin series Outer Range began streaming on Amazon Prime on April 15th and graduate Richard Aponte worked on the show as a compositor! Season 2 better answer a lot of questions! LOL

The much anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came out in theatres on May 6th and graduates Jasper Baltzersen, Marjolein Eggelmeijer, Aine Graham, Taylor Muhoberac, Brendon Green, Tim Fleur, Jason Bomstein, Yael Majors, Paul Song, Aaron Beyer, and Robert Tobin all worked on the movie!

Hulu's new murder mystery series Candy began streaming on May 9th and graduate Mark Davis worked on the series as a Visual Effects Supervisor!

The Amazon Prime series Night Sky begins streaming on May 20th and graduate Derek Serra worked on the show as a compositor! The cast is amazing and the trailer is intriguing! Cant wait!

A whopping 36 years have passed since the original film was released and Top Gun: Maverick Comes out only in theaters on May 27th and grads Ric Atkinson, Jimi Clark, and Jaime Riveros worked on the movie!

The 4th season of Stranger Things looks really good and graduates Jeff King and Ryan McConnell have worked on this season! Jeff as an FX Artist and Ryan as a compositor!

It's a little harder to figure out when a grad works on a cool commercial but graduate Julian Fitzpatrick was the VFX Supervisor for this BMW Commercial!

HBO Max's drama series The Staircase began streaming on May 5th and graduate Chris Cheng worked on the show as a compositor!

The 6th and final season of This Is Us begins airing on NBC on May 17th and graduate Derek Serra worked on the show as a compositor!

The Nancy Drew spinoff series Tom Swift begins airing on the CW on May 31st and grad Mark Davis is the on-set VFX Supervisor!

The Formula 1 racing game F1 Manager is set to release very soon and graduate Tyler Crabtree is working on the game!

Job Updates!

Congratulations to graduate Peyton Glover who was just hired by DreamWorks Animation as a Lighter / Compositor! 

Congratulations to Kyle Merola who was just promoted to a Lead Compositor role at Crafty Apes! 

Congratulations to Carlos Gonzalez who got his first job in the industry as a Junior Compositor working for FuseFX!

Congratulations to Gabrielle Herrmann who got her first job in the industry as a Junior Compositor working for Pixel Magic!

Congratulations to graduate Areadnna Ramirez who was just hired by Superplastic Toys as a 3D Generalist! 

Congratulations to Rachel Ulciny who was just hired as the Roto-Paint Lead Compositor Scanline VFX! 

Congratulations to April Singleton who was just hired as a compositor at DNEG! 

Congratulations to Ryan Trimble who was just hired as a Sr. Tech Artist by Gallium Studios! 

Congratulations to Jonathan Freund who was just hired as a Lighter at Frontier VFX! 

Congratulations to Anthony Nugraha who was just hired as a compositor at Crafty Apes NY! 

Congratulations to graduate Nicolas Reina who was just hired by Lucid Dreams as a compositor! 

Congratulations to graduate Chelsea Girton who was just hired by FPS Apparel as a Graphic Designer! 

Congratulations to graduate Eric Fields who was just hired by Falcons Beyond Global as a Pipeline TD! 

Congratulations to graduate Locke Di Natale who was just hired by Victory XR as a 3D Artist! 

Congratulations to Ben Platnick who was just promoted to Mid-Level VFX Artist at Bungie!

Congratulations to Tom Wright who was just hired as a Principal Lighting Artist at Illfonic!

Congratulations to Randal Gitautis who was just hired as a 3D Artist at Preswerx!

Congratulations to graduate Laura Palmer who was just hired by Crafty Apes as a Compositor! 

Congratulations to graduate Aaron Beyer who was just hired by Aspyr Media as a Lighter! 

Congratulations to graduate Jason Batista who was just hired by Falcons Creative Group as a Unreal Technical Artist! 

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 nine months of live 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 nine months of live 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).