Faces of ORL: Thought Leaders Educating In Virtual Production

Meet the leadership team at Full Sail University!



Left to Right: Dr. Haifa Maamar, Education Director of Emerging Technologies; Jeremy Hungerford, Media Systems Engineer; Kyle Frazer, Virtual Production Studio Manager; Anne Russell, Program Director of Film Production MFA; Rob Sloan, Course Director of Film Production MFA; Marcella Willbanks, Virtual Production Engineer; Pete Bandstra, Program Director of Computer Animation; Chad Kendall, Program Director of Game Art; Rick Ramsey, Education Director of Visual Arts

Full Sail University

Full Sail University continues to actively engage in its multi-decade investment in emerging technologies. Through its recent $3 Million direct capital investment in virtual production – a film production technique that combines digital environments with live-action footage – the university is home to one of the first, largest, and most technologically advanced virtual production studios on any college or university campus in the nation. Full Sail’s faculty thought leaders, comprised of filmmakers, artists, gamers, and technologists, are helping to change the landscape and collaboration found within the film industry. By utilizing this state-of-the-art facility to think outside the traditional scope of education, the university’s virtual production studio, “Studio V1: Virtual Production” will educate students across 10 different degree programs including Computer Animation Bachelor’s, Digital Cinematography Bachelor’s, Film Bachelor’s, Film Production MFA, Game Art Bachelor’s, Game Design Bachelor’s and Master’s, Game Develop Bachelor’s, Show Production Bachelor’s, and Simulation and Visualization Bachelor’s. This talented group of educational leaders each lend their knowledge, skills, and unique expertise to cultivate and expand the entertainment media and emerging technologies offerings in the region and beyond.

Full Sail’s curriculum in conjunction with this virtual production technology will give students access to gain the skills needed to take on roles such as Engine Operators, Video Engineers, Environment Artists, Data Managers, and more. Following its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 8, 2022, “Studio V1: Virtual Production” has seen several projects shot within the studio including the feature film “9 Windows”, an American thriller. As the burgeoning fi eld of virtual production continues to become more widely adopted, Full Sail University’s talented educators and cutting- edge facilities continue to serve students and graduates as they pursue future careers in entertainment media.

Contact Full Sail:

3300 University Blvd. | Winter Park, FL 32792 | Phone: 407-679-0100 | FullSail.edu

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