Alumni Stories

Who Says Learning Is Boring?

Certainly not Rafael Brochado or Guillaume Bailey, two recent graduates from Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA). But more importantly, the kids who are playing their game, Tablecraft, agree with them. Born from a video game prototype assignment, Tablecraft transforms middle-school chemistry from a tedious exercise in studying periodic tables into a thoroughly immersive adventure. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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,” [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]