The Keith Report: January 20th 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 comic adaptation of Morbius is coming to the big screen on January 28th and graduates Samantha McConnell and Jaime Riveros worked on the film!

The new horror drama The Cleaning Lady came out on FOX on January 3rd and graduate Zach Hamelton worked on the show as an associate VFX Producer!

Another horror drama that came out on Netflix on January 14th is Archive 81 and graduate Derek Serra worked on it as a compositor!

Season 2 of The Righteous Gemstones came out on HBO on January 10th and grads Evander Major, James England, and Dylan Coletta all worked on the show! The Righteous Gemstones is a comedic take on a televangelist family played by John Goodman, Danny McBride, Adam Devine, and Cassidy Freeman. Hilarity ensues as the family tries to run a business, while trying to win their father’s love. At DAVE School, we would like to congratulate Evander Major, James England and Dylan Coletta’s contribution to another HBO gem, in The Righteous Gemstones.

Season 2 of Santiago of the Seas came out on Nickelodeon on January 7th and graduate Michael Heinz is the C0-Executive Producer on the series!!

The 4th season of Ozark comes out on Netflix on January 21st and graduates Shawn Ewashko, Dan Dod, Ed Ruiz, and Patrick Horne have all worked on the series! Ozark is a crime thriller that follows a family’s interactions with a drug cartel. You never know what is instore for you in the Ozarks. The fantastic cast includes Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner. Also, congratulations to Shawn Ewashko, Dan Dod, Ed Ruiz, and Patrick Horne for helping create another great season of Ozark.

The 2nd season of Superman & Lois began streaming on January 11th on CW and grads Michael Davidson and Derek Serra have worked on the show as compositors!

Job Updates!

Congratulations to Avani Jain who just got promoted by Treyarch to an Associate Producer role!

Congratulations to graduate Daniel Burrows who just got hired by Lightstorm Entertainment as an Environment Artist and is going to be working on Avatar 2 and 3!!

Congratulations to graduate Peter Cromwell who just got hired by Marvel Studios as a VFX Coordinator!

Congratulations to recent grad Jelisa Samuels who just got hired by Spin VFX as a compositor!!

Congratulations to grad Megan Bosque who just got hired as a CG Artist at Ingenuity Studios!

Congratulations to recent grad Kimberly Crawford who just got hired by ProActive Technologies! This is Kim's first industry job!

Congratulations to graduate Shelly Brown who just got hired as a VR Compositor by Felix & Paul Studios!

Congratulations to Sydney Inman who was recently hired as a Visual QA Analyst at Paradigm!

Congratulations to Maria Gonzalez who was recently promoted to Lead Visual Effects Artist at VirTra!

Congratulations to Jermelle Jovellanos who was just hired by Crafty Apes as a compositor!

Congratulations to Bethany Conroy Vega who was just hired by Universal Studios as a Lead Scenic Artist!

Congratulations to Iris Eggelmeijer who was just hired by Trixter as a Render Wrangler!

Congratulations to Kristin Turnipseed who was just hired as a Virtual Production Supervisor by Lux Machina!

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) 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)