With over 20 years of experience in media production, Jeff Scheetz has amassed a thorough knowledge of visual story telling through film, video, and animation. Jeff and his wife Anne founded The DAVE School in 2000, offering a program of complete immersion in the art and science of computer animation with extensive practice under industry level supervision. Many of the school’s animation and visual effects shorts are award winners. Before The DAVE School, Jeff worked for the pioneering visual effects company Foundation Imaging where he supervised visual effects projects for Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles. In addition, he also worked for Nickelodeon Studios, Universal Studios Florida, Walt Disney Imagineering, and The Disney MGM Studios, where he met Anne.
Brad Murphy was the second employee hired by The DAVE School’s founders Anne and Jeff Scheetz in 2000. Prior to that, his freelance production career found him on the sets of such television shows as Animal Planet’s Petsburgh USA and Good Dog U in positions ranging from Researcher to Office Manager. Having been a Production Coordinator for Walt Disney World’s Christmas Paradefor ABC, Brad was more than ready to handle a Coordinator position at Haxan Films, the creators of The Blair Witch Project. It was there that he assisted in their resurrection of the great television classic, In Search Of... . Brad’s passion for film, coupled with his family’s strong background in education, eventually led him to The DAVE School where he is often referred to as the glue that holds it all together.Originally from Pennsylvania, Brad earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Film & Video Production from Point Park University in 1994. His award-winning photographs are the pride of his family, and his short 16mm film, reflection, which he wrote, directed, shot, edited, and conformed, screened at the Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s Melwood Avenue Grand Opening. Brad’s old school pride in, and love for, The DAVE School, is apparent in all he does.
William Vaughan, an industry veteran, celebrated author, and acclaimed artist, is no stranger to The DAVE School. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as an instructor and as the school's Director of Industry Relations. He was one of the school's key faculty members and assisted in the development of the school's curriculum. William has been published by probably every major CG magazine, contributed to 17 books, and played a major role in the marketing and development of LightWave 3D. While working for NewTek as the company's LightWave 3D Evangelist, he authored more than 300 tutorials on topics ranging from modeling and animation to dynamics and simulation. A recipient of several New Media Addy Awards for clients including Compaq, New Line Cinema, and Haliburton, William's focus is on continuously improving the quality of education at The DAVE School, while further establishing the school's presence as the leader in the industry.
Originally from Texas, William earned his Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communication Degree fro the Art Institute of Houston. He is excited to be back at The DAVE School which he believes offers a unique blend of education and community that he's yet to experience anywhere else. William recently completed work on this latest book, Digital Modeling, for New Riders Press. We are thrilled and honored to have him teaching again at The DAVE School.
Saham Ali, Director of Information Technology for The DAVE School, has been a key player in the field of VFX and Animation since 1999. A Florida native and admitted technophile since the age of 8 when he dismantled his cousin’s IBM 8086, Saham realized early on that a computer could do so much more than play games. His first 3D experience was at the age of 10 when he acquired an Amiga 2000 and he hasn’t stopped since. As the Chief Technology Officer for Red Earth VFX, his work can be seen on many TV productions including Outsourced, Hawaii 5-0, Undercovers, Gerry Anderson's The New Adventures of Captain Scarlet, The Return of Pink 5, Star Trek: New Voyages, A Christmas Village, and Red Tailsfor Lucasfilm. Eventually given the opportunity by the Economic Development Department of New Mexico to provide digital media services by experimenting with their HPC, Encanto, Saham prides himself on knowing the inner workings of the technology behind CG. A proud DAVE School grad, Saham Ioves the creative environment the school fosters, allowing students to explore and create what they want without being hampered by technology.
Saham graduated from The DAVE School in 2003 and is currently completing an Associate’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Valencia College.·His goal is to continue to make DAVE a “technological Garden of Eden” by leveraging up-and-coming technologies to achieve things that were not possible before. His in depth knowledge of IT systems, Animation and VFX is indispensible to The DAVE School.
Michael Keith was born in California and has lived all over the United States as well as in Germany and Central America. As an engineering technician at TriQuint Semiconductor in Orlando, Michael developed a strong interest in independent filmmaking, producing several short films, one of which won an award in a local film festival. In 2008 Michael’s love of film led him to The DAVE School where he completed the program, and immediately after graduation accepted a position with Worldwide FX. There Michael worked as a visual effects compositor on Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables.
Michael holds an Electronics Engineering Associates in Science with honors from ITT Technical Institute, and a diploma in Digital Animation & Visual Effects from The DAVE School, where he now helps other grads find industry jobs.
Lauren Dottley grew up in Alabama before making the move to Orlando. She has been pursuing a lifelong career in dancing and gymnastics since she was two years old, and she plans to ultimately instruct. In the meantime Lauren has joined The DAVE School team and is excited about helping students reach their dreams in the animation and visual effects industry
Lauren is studying towards a degree in Business Administration and prior to DAVE School, she was an Admissions Representative at Full Sail University. Lauren appreciates the passion and goals prospective students have and she works tirelessly to ensure they get the support and guidance they deserve.
Trevor O'Hare was born in New Jersey and relocated to South Florida in 2003. After completing high school, he went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Communication at the University of Central Florida. After completing his education, he started working at Full Sail University in their Admissions department. Recently, he made the switch to the DAVE School, and he is now helping students pursue their passion for animation and visual effects.
For fun, Trevor like to play guitar and sing. He has been a musician for over twelve years now, and continues to write and record songs while also playing shows all over the country. This passion for music is what helps Trevor relate to students of the DAVE School as they begin pursuing their own creative endeavors.
Joshua Santana was born in Queens, New York but grew up in the heart of Orlando. Creativity and Art has always been a strong passion of his since birth. He attended Seminole State College for Architecture and Graphic Design here in Orlando. He has had a passion for art and has worked as a freelance Graphic Artist for over 5 years, designing everything from flyers, to cover art for Recording Artist such as Beenie Man. While Joshua has been freelancing on the side, he has made time to develop a strong 5 year background in customer service. He believes that drive and determination are what you need to make your dreams come true. Before the DAVE School he was working in the enrollment department at Full Sail University and has worked in higher education for over 4 years. He has a passion for helping student pursue their dreams in the VFX Industry and is dedicated to helping students throughout the duration program and even after they graduate.
Bethany Lockard brings to The DAVE School not only her strong background in Art Education, but her amazingly genuine personality as well. Starting as “the voice of the school” with a smile for everyone who came in the door, Beth brought a dedication and warmth to the role of Receptionist seldom seen.· Her love of tirelessly helping students, visitors, co-workers, and faculty soon led her to a promotion to Administrative Assistant where she was able to use her skill set to have an even greater positive impact on everyone around her. Moving up again, to the role of School Administrator, Beth is excited to be an integral part of a school she loves and sees growing on a daily basis.
A true Floridian, Beth was born on Eglin Air Force Base and was raised in an Air Force family that travelled all over the world. She earned an Associate of Arts in Graphic Design from Valencia College in 2007, before earning her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Florida State University. After an internship in Florida State School’s Elementary Program, she is enjoying the DAVE School’s advanced artistic environment and has even helped coordinate The DAVE School’s Figure Drawing Workshops.
Jodie Primus is the first person you will hear or see at The DAVE School, and we couldn’t be more proud. As a Receptionist Extraordinaire, Jodie’s many hidden talents include a gift for Hair and Makeup Artistry. A fan of Star Trek, Tron, and Avatar, Jodie’s goal is to eventually get in front of The DAVE School’s massive 60 by 25 foot green screen as either an actor or a Hair and Makeup Artist. Right at home in the school’s creative atmosphere, Jodie looks forward to learning more about the visual effects industry.
Born and raised in Surrey, England, Jodie came to the United States when she was 11. She graduated from Westside Tech in Winter Garden, Florida, with certification in Professional Cosmetology.