Alumni Stories

Emmy Invasion

Jeremiah Graves (’12) wins a Daytime Emmy for ASTEROIDS!, a VR, interactive short story starring two bumbling aliens. What did you win a Daytime Emmy for? The category we (his company Baobab Studios) won for was "Outstanding Interactive Media"—Original Daytime Program or Series. What did you think when you won it? Of [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:33+00:00September 17th, 2018|Alumni Stories, News|0 Comments

Straight Shooter

Whether Creating Characters or Getting More Females Into Video Games, Karen McCarthy Leans In “Story is king” Karen McCarthy says with emphasis when asked about how she approaches making a character. The 2013 FIEA alumna and current character artist at Electronic Arts’ Tiburon Studio has worked on EA SPORTS Madden NFL, NBA [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:33+00:00September 12th, 2018|Alumni Stories, News|0 Comments

5 Questions With Alumnus James Moore

Alumnus James Moore talks about his work as a Disney Imagineer What is a Disney Imagineer and how did you become one? I joined Imagineering through an internship I completed after graduating from FIEA. Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:42+00:00July 31st, 2017|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

From Game Maker To Myth Maker

FIEA alumus Matthew Laurence ’06, is being compared to Percy Jackson creator Rick Riordan thanks to his debut fantasy novel Freya. Matt shows off his novel at a book signing. In 2014, when FIEA graduate and game developer Matthew Laurence was touring his new employer, Rovio Games, he was intrigued by the [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:44+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

Ticket To Ride

Artist Carlos Weiser now enjoys the thrill of designing rides at Universal Studios. Carlos Weiser went from frustrated architect to attraction designer at Universal Studios. Carlos Weiser, attraction designer at Universal Studios, was once an architect looking for a change. A decade ago, he had come to the US from [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:46+00:00December 19th, 2016|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

Keeping Epic In Tune

As a self-described shy kid, a young Billy Bramer probably never would have guessed that he’d be holding a supervisory position at Epic Games years later. Or singing in front of hundreds of people. Fortnite wallpaper A graduate of FIEA’s fourth class, Billy now serves as lead gameplay programmer on “Fortnite,” [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:53+00:00April 18th, 2016|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

In Your Face

Ingrid Aguero gets up close and personal with star athletes in her role as an environment artist Ingrid gets to work with many famous athletes in her job at EA. Few people can claim that their work regularly puts them into personal contact with NBA stars like Chris Paul and Blake [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:53+00:00February 11th, 2016|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

Killer Experience

A Group of FIEA Alums Help Keep “Killer Instinct” Kicking The video game Killer Instinct is made in Orlando. Each work day, FIEA alum Nick Pham synchs up the latest build on the test machine to check progress on characters under development. “From there, my day diverges to sitting in meetings, [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:53+00:00May 19th, 2015|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

From FIEA To Finland

FIEA alum Matt Laurence talks about “Angry Birds,” friendly Finnish and working for Rovio Florida native Matt Laurence has spent most of his life in the Sunshine state's warm, welcoming weather. This year will be quite different, however, as he prepares to endure his first winter in Helsinki, Finland. It wasn't less [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:54+00:00December 4th, 2014|Alumni Stories|0 Comments

Grad Creates Art for League of Legends

You might say it was twisted...ahem...fate that brought FIEA alum Ryo Tazi and League of Legends together. Tazi started making LOL skins after meeting with Riot at a conference. In Spring of 2012, while still an art student at FIEA, Tazi won honorable mention in a LOL art contest that had more [...]

By |2018-10-30T14:54:54+00:00December 2nd, 2014|Alumni Stories|0 Comments