The Career Development department wants Computer Animation, Game Development, and Game Art students to know that there are job options for them right here in Full Sail’s backyard. Yes, big-name blockbuster companies like Pixar need animators, but local military, medical, and design companies outside of the popular film and gaming realm need the skills of animators as well.
Yesterday’s panel kicked off an “Animation Industry Spotlight” series that will bring several local employers in need of talent to campus. On yesterday’s panel: employers from two local companies – Digimation and Kaleidoscope – who discussed how they use animators and answered questions from students.
Orlando-based Digimation uses interactive 3D and graphics for defense training and simulation programs, while Cincinnati-based (with offices in Central Florida) company Kaleidoscope uses animation to create strategically-developed product designs for companies like Ford, Swiffer, Motorola, and more.
“We opened our office in Orlando simply to recruit and find talent from Full Sail,” said Rob Cheezum, Kaleidoscope’s Director of Visual Communications.
Digimation president David Avgikos – who’s hired Full Sail students (and even faculty in the past) – is looking for students with both talent and personality. “We want to make sure they have the skill set, and that’s kind of easy to do from their portfolio,” said David. “And if they have that skill set then we want to make sure that they match well with the personalities that we have.”
Career Development plans to host similar Industry Spotlight panels every other month. Be on the look out for details about the next panel in July.