Full Sail’s Hall of Fame ceremony is an annual event that honors the career achievements of a select group of Full Sail alumni. As we get closer to the 4th Annual Hall of Fame celebrations in mid-February, we’re going to showcase each of the grads chosen to be inducted this year. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 15, capping off a week of school-wide Hall of Fame-related events, so stay tuned to the blog to learn more about these exceptional grads and get info on the events that will be taking place during the Hall of Fame celebrations.
“In school I always had teachers that would be like ‘Stop doodling all over everything,’ and I’m so glad I didn’t listen to them,” Jeremy Vickery says.
Let that be a lesson to all budding artists, as Jeremy’s quiet rebellion laid the foundation for what’s become a successful 15-year run in the professional animation industry.
Following his graduation from our Digital Media program in 1997, Jeremy started his career on inspired projects like the Veggie Tales TV series and the animated feature Delgo. After many applications, the strength of his demo reel eventually landed him an interview with industry pioneers Pixar Animation Studios. He was hired as lighting technical director for the superhero hit The Incredibles, and continued to craft the lighting for other studio classics like Cars, Ratatouille, and WALL•E.
In 2007, Jeremy took a break from feature development to work as a freelance artist, where he built a client list that included LEGO, Disney, Sony, and video game developers Ubisoft. It was an impressive run for a one-man team, but after four years he started missing the collaboration of a studio environment, and was able to rejoin Pixar in 2011.
Jeremy has since completed work on Pixar’s Oscar-nominated feature Brave and the short film The Blue Umbrella (as master lighting lead), and continues to work on future projects at the company that first inspired him to pursue a life in motion picture animation.
“Toy Story came out in 1995, and I remember sitting in the theater just in awe,” he says. “I was like ‘This is what I want to do – I want to find this Pixar company and go work for them.’ So I set my goal, and that’s something that I’m really proud of. Every day I wake up and it’s just amazing that I get to do this.”