The Keith Report: March 16th 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!

I missed it on my last newsletter but Horizon Forbidden West came out on February 18th and grads Aine Graham and Moe Ftouni worked on the game as animators for SteamRoller Studios!

The much anticipated The Batman was released only in theaters on March 4th and grads Daniel Kaczkowski, Kristin Turnipseed, Andrea Jamiel, Robert Tobin, Duncan Key, and Tyler Usie all worked on the Batman film!! Played by Robert Pattinson, The Batman and Zoe Kravitz as Cat woman secures Gotham from The Riddler’s Paul Dano and Penguin’s Colin Farrell. Congrats to all the DAVE School alumni that worked on this blockbuster film, The Batman.

The second season of Picard came out on March 3rd and graduates Zach Hamelton, Shawn Ewashko, Kyle Merola, Tanner Bartlett, and Jon Rosenthal have all worked on the show!

The second season of Upload came out on March 11th on Amazon Prime and grad Bryan Haines worked on the show!

This movie looks great! The Adam Project came out on Netflix on March 11th and grads Ariel Fore, Jason Bradbury, and Cody Hernandez worked as VFX artists on the film!

The feature film Super Pumped came out on Showtime on February 27th and grad Meghana Penumarthi worked on the film!

The true story inspired drama The Girl From Plainville comes out on Hulu on March 29th and graduate Chris Cheng worked on it as a compositor!

The new Hulu series Life & Beth comes out on March 18th and grad Derek Serra worked on the series as a VFX Compositor!

The HBO series Winning Time came out on March 6th and grad Zach Hamelton worked on the series as a VFX Production Manager!

The latest Pixar film is Turning Red and it came out in theaters on March 11th and graduate Katie Hamberger worked on the film as a stereoscopic technical director!

Starz series Shining Vale released on March 6th and includes an all-star cast including Courtney Cox, Greg Kinnear, Sherilynn Fenn, Mira Sorvino, Judith Light, and others. Graduate Bryan Haines worked on the project.

The newest Marvel Studios series Moon Knight debuts on March 30th on Disney+. Graduate Tiffany Nichole Bromley worked on the project.

Job Updates!

Congratulations to grad Hugo Gamboa who is now a Senior Compositor for Image Engine!!

Congratulations to Calvin Davila who was just hired by Turn 10 Studios as a 3D QA Artist!!

Congratulations to graduate Erica Fraticelli who is now an Operations Technician for FilmHub in Miami!

Congratulations to grad Nathaniel Austin who was just hired by Paradigm as a Unity Artist!!

Congratulations to Odel Palmer who was just hired by Digital Domain as a Senior Character Artist!!

Congratulations to grad Lin Fan Liu who just got hired by DNEG as a Lighting TD!

Congratulations to graduate Kris Gruchalla who recently got hired by Meta as a QA Manager!

Congratulations to graduate Michelle Morger who is now a 3D Artist for NETVRK!!

Congratulations to grads Saige Thomas, Malik Nash, and Chase Schaake who were all just hired by VictoryXR!!

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

Congratulations to graduate David Harris who was just hired as a 3D Artist by Visual Purple!!

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)