Brazil has a busy few years ahead: The country’s second largest city, Rio de Janiero, is set to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. These two events – alongside the rapid growth of the country’s middle class – are helping to cement Brazil’s reputation as a global hub for media and entertainment.
Historically, opportunities for media-related education in the country have been scarce. But three years ago, a school named Grupo Seven began to fill that void. Growing from one location in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 to 12 campuses across Brazil’s Federal District and southeast region, Grupo Seven currently has more than 20,000 students enrolled in its graphics and game design programs.
Grupo Seven offers one-to-two-year curriculum in graphic design, 3D design, web development, and post production, and its gaming school covers studies in both game art and game development.
“Our goal is to educate Brazilian students whose interests lie in media and entertainment,” says Marcelo Crivella, President of Grupo Seven. “Brazil has everything needed to become a huge entertainment producer in the next five years, and we want to provide the best individuals inspired to create content for the world.”
As part of an evolving strategic partnership with the school, Full Sail is co-hosting the upcoming CG Extreme Conference, a multimedia and entertainment event that will be held on April 27 and 28, 2013 in Rio de Janiero. It is designed to immerse guests in a celebration of entertainment and computer graphics and their application in movies, video games, and more.
Six Full Sail alumni (many of whom are Hall of Fame inductees) will be the keynote speakers during the weekend gathering. These grads have played key roles on a number of major film, television, and video game releases, and have also worked on GRAMMY-winning music projects. The six alumni scheduled to speak are:
- Laurie Brugger (2000 Computer Animation graduate; 2011 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee) Laurie is a senior rigger at Framestore in London, England, where her credits have included Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Where the Wild Things Are.
- Chance Glasco (2001 Computer Animation graduate; 2012 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee) Chance is a senior animator at Infinity Ward, and has worked on Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
- Nathaniel Howe (2002 Computer Animation graduate) Nathaniel is creative director and partner at Nathaniel James, and has helped produce music videos, commercials, and films for clients like Pepsi, Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Ford, ABC, and Universal Pictures.
- Sebastian Krys (1991 Recording Arts graduate; 2009 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee) Sebastian is a multiple GRAMMY¨ and Latin GRAMMY¨-winning producer and engineer. He has worked on acclaimed projects alongside artists like Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Vives, Ricky Martin, and Luis Fonsi.
- Cordy Rierson (1993 Film graduate; 2009 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee) Cordy has worked in both film and gaming, and is currently an executive producer at Microsoft Studios. Her credits include movies like Independence Day, and the games Silent Hill: Homecoming and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
- Jayson Whitmore (1997 Recording Arts graduate, 1998 Film graduate, 1999 Digital Media graduate; 2009 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee) Jayson is the creative director/founder of Royale, and has done work for clients like Nike, Apple, Madonna, Diesel, VH1, McDonalds, Nickelodeon, and Kodak.
“Full Sail University is proud to serve as the co-host for CG Extreme alongside Grupo Seven,” said Full Sail University President, Garry Jones. “In recent years, the interest in all forms of entertainment and media has grown dramatically in Brazil and is further evident as the country prepares to serve as the host location for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic world games. We are honored that Grupo Seven and the country of Brazil would look to our institution to partner in this important event and afford our graduates the opportunity to share their life’s work and experiences.”
CG Extreme will be held at Citibank Hall in Rio de Janeiro next April, with tickets expected to go on sale in early 2013. We’ll be providing more information as the event draws closer.
–Amy Cassell & James Gregory