Earlier this year, Full Sail launched a brand new Behind the Scenes tour offering visitors an in-depth look at our campus and curriculum. The monthly tour now includes more interactive programming, such as degree-specific workshops and info sessions on everything from financial aid to housing. It’s also a great way to explore our facilities from top to bottom, with campus tours running throughout the day.
One of the highlights of the new tour is the Hall of Fame Alumni Panel, presented by Full Sail’s Career Development department. During the hour-long presentation, accomplished alumni speakers share personal insights and expertise gleaned from experience in their industries. Topics covered include how to make the most out of your time as a student, advice for breaking into the industry, and how to get (and keep) a job. The panel culminates with a Q&A session designed to give attendees a chance to steer the conversation based on their unique interests.
Our next Behind the Scenes tour is November 5, 2017. Visit us online to reserve your spot today.
We are excited to welcome the following panelists to this month’s event:
Joe Lambert (Recording Arts, 1992)
Owner, Joe Lambert Mastering
Joe Lambert is a GRAMMY-nominated mastering engineer whose client list includes Moby, Animal Collective, Deerhunter, City and Colour, Thievery Corporation, The Dirty Projectors, and many more. After many years working as a mastering engineer for indie artists in Brooklyn, he relocated to Jersey City where he maintains a full roster of clients. Lambert previously worked his way up in iconic establishments like Classic Sound and Trutone Mastering in New York City, where he learned the art of vinyl cutting. Today, he is known as one of the top mastering engineers in the industry.
Marcella Araica (Recording Arts, 2002)
Hall of Fame Inductee
After graduating from Full Sail’s Recording Arts program in 2002, Marcella Araica secured a position as a general assistant at Miami’s famous Hit Factory. This was the launching point for a career that has led to credits for Marcella on recordings by Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, and more. She has earned two ASCAP awards for her work with pop vocalists Pink and Keri Hilson. In 2009, she teamed up with record producer Danja to launch the independent music label New Age Rock Stars (N.A.R.S.), which is home to artists such as Kevin Cossom, Wyld, and Luke James.
Jack Geckler (Computer Animation, 2000)
Hall of Fame Inductee
From feature films, to advertising, to video games, Jack Geckler’s talents have played a role in some of the entertainment world’s most striking visuals. He has worked at other notable studios such as Lightstorm Entertainment, Luma Pictures, and Digital Domain. His animation talents can be seen on films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, How to Train Your Dragon, Power Rangers, and upcoming releases like Thor: Ragnarok and Ready Player One. Jack has also worked on video games including Madden NFL 17, WWE Smackdown vs. RAW, 50 Cent Bulletproof, and Fight Club, and commercial spots for Toyota, Lexus, Dodge, Propel, Nintendo, and Corona.
Larry Katz (Film, 2000)
Second Assistant Director
Hall of Fame Inductee
While many of his classmates in Full Sail’s Film program dreamt of being the next Spielberg or writing an Oscar-winning screenplay, Larry Katz had a more direct goal in mind – to be an assistant director. Larry was drawn to the role of AD because of the level of involvement assistant directors have – in every shot of a movie. After graduating from in 2000, Larry moved to Los Angeles and set his sights on the Director’s Guild of America Training Program. He didn’t get in the first year, but remained encouraged and landed the coveted internship in 2002. His experience in the program proved rewarding. Every 50 days he was rotated to a new TV show or feature film, meeting a whole new group of ADs on each set. These relationships became the foundation of Larry’s professional network, leading to incredible opportunities. His credits range from blockbusters like War for the Planet of the Apes and Captain America: The First Avenger, to television shows such as Californication, Desperate Housewives, and Seventh Heaven.