The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School 2500 Universal Studios PlazaSound Stage 25 Orlando, Florida 32819(407) 224-DAVE
Jeff Scheetz Founder and Director The DAVE School
Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you for taking time to consider making The DAVE School the start of your career in animation and visual effects. On this web site, you will find a lot of detailed information about the school. You should read it carefully. But before you do, I would like to explain a little bit about the program and why it exists.
Prior to opening this school, I was an Animator and Visual Effects Supervisor at Foundation Imaging, one of the top visual effects houses in Hollywood. There, I also handled artist recruitment. In 1999, I personally hired over 60 animators to work on an all computer animated version of Starship Troopers. For each artist I was able to hire, I would screen dozens of unacceptable demo reels. Even the worst of them showed a great deal of effort, but a terrible lack of direction, coupled with an unrefined skill set. Even the tapes I got from animation school graduates usually failed to demonstrate any of the qualifications most facilities need. I tried, but I could not find a school that consistently produces qualified entry level animators with practical skills in the creation of visual effects.
So I started one that does.
The DAVE School offers complete immersion in the art and science of computer animated special effects, with extensive practice under qualified supervision. In my experience as an animator, producer, and recruiter, I have a unique appreciation for what it takes to succeed in this field. Working with industry colleagues from several LA based effects houses, I have created lessons and exercises based on actual work assignments, designed to give you a powerful command of the current tools used in effects production. In addition, the program will strengthen your aesthetic senses and artistic development.
Although this is a relatively new field, the learning curve is getting very steep. The days of self taught animators breaking into the business without any formal training are nearly over. Most animation jobs start at about $1000 a week and go up from there. Way up! For this reason, employers expect you to perform with skill and confidence on day one, and on-the-job training is extremely rare. Practical training is now more important than ever.
This is the twelfth year for The DAVE School, and our students are writing a new chapter in entertainment history. They are the most skilled, and best-prepared graduating class to ever enter the workforce. We are very excited about this program and I would like to invite you to be a part of it! To schedule an admissions interview or school tour, please call our business office at (407) 224-DAVE. If you want to talk about the school with me, just ask for Jeff.