Animation Magazine’s featured School of the Month: The DAVE School

As anyone who attended the recent NAB confab in Las Vegas can tell you, the growth of stereoscopic 3-D technologies is having a huge impact on the entertainment and animation business. That’s why Orlando, Florida-based DAVE School has incorporated a new series of lessons in conjunction with tech studio 3DBlast which offers students first-hand knowledge of the technology.

“It’s a hard trend to miss. We have been dabbling in it for a while now, but it’s clear from job postings that production companies already need people who have a handle on it,’ says DAVE School director and founder Jeff Scheetz, who is also producing he short NASA SEALS 3D. ‘We have identified program goals that range from stereoscopic rendering in CGI, to complex compositing using Digital Fusion.”

The school recently installed a 3D viewing system centered on a new line of HD-DLP television sets. It currently hired a team of graduates working for its sister company DAVE Studios on a five-minute 3D 1080p short based on NASA SEALS ANIMATED (a recent short made in class and based on an even earlier live action effort called NASA SEALS). The eventual goal is to produce NASA SEALS 3D as an independent film.

Graduate Jim Hibbert, the project’s lighting supervisor notes,” It’s great because the hard lessons we are learning on this short are going right into the curriculum for the school.” “If you are ever in Orlando, please book a tour because we would love to show it to you!” adds Scheetz.

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, The DAVE School is a premiere educational facility for computer artists focusing on animation and visual effects for TV, film, and games. Established by Jeff and Anne Scheetz in 2000, The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School teaches employable skills in the art of computer animation and visual effects creation. Scheetz’s vision is to institutionalize a vast body of visual effects knowledge, techniques and traditions and pass it on to the next generation of creative digital artists.

The school’s one-year-program includes hard surface and organic modeling, character animation, visual effects compositing and more. Employment skills and career building are part of the complete curriculum. The program culminates with a three-month production exercise that puts students on the crew of a fully animated (or vfx-driven) film.

For more information visit www.daveschool.com or call 407-224-DAVE (3283).