Full Sail’s December Behind the Scenes Tour Features Panel of Distinguished Alumni

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 December 3, 2017. Visit us online to reserve your spot today.

We are excited to welcome the following panelists to this month’s event:

Troy DeVolld (Film, 1996)
Producer (Co-EP, Supervising)
Hall of Fame Inductee

Launching his career on MTV’s Fear and The Osbournes, Troy went on to work on reality TV staples like The Surreal Life and Basketball Wives. Recently, he worked as supervising/co-executive producer on YouTube Red’s breakout hit, Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88 and its 2017 follow-up, Fight of the Living Dead: Paradise Calls. He’s currently developing the first project under his Story T Media banner, a documentary on reality TV production entitled Remember, We’re Not Here. Troy is also a bestselling author – his book Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market is considered by many to be the definitive text on storytelling for the reality genre.

Jameson Durall  (Game Development 2001)
Chief Creative Officer at Invenio
Hall of Fame Inductee

Jameson got his start at Oddworld Inhabitants after graduating from Full Sail’s Game Development program in 2001. There, he worked on the studio’s critically acclaimed finale, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, before moving to Electronic Arts’ Redwood Shores studio and working as a level designer on The Godfather: The Game and The Simpsons: The Game.

Tim Naylor (Digital Media, 1997)
Creative Technology Consultant 
Hall of Fame Inductee

Tim has held a variety of senior roles in rigging and technical direction at both Digital Domain and Industrial Light & Magic (the visual effects arm of Lucasfilm). He’s made Megatron move in Transformers, buzzed droids open and closed in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and gave Davy Jones’s tentacles the ability to play the piano in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – a film that won Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards in 2007. Tim also co-founded Creature Art & Mechanics, where he and his team worked to develop next-generation digital creature technology for the entertainment industry. The studio went on to merge with Pulse Evolution, a company specializing in hyper-realistic holograms used in live performances – leading to Tim’s work on the groundbreaking Michael Jackson Hologram.

Elbert Perez (Game Design 2004, Game Development 2005)
Co-Founder and CTO, Doghead Simulations
Hall of Fame Inductee

Elbert has used his passion for both the technical and creative sides of gaming as a driving force in his career. Currently the co-founder and chief technical officer of Doghead Simulations, Elbert had previously served as Senior VR Developer with HTC Creative Labs – contributing to the cutting-edge of virtual reality through his work on the HTC Vive. Before HTC, he was a technical producer at Microsoft, working on games such as Halo 4, Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Ascend: Hand of Kul, plus development on products like Xbox One, SmartGlass, XNA, and Windows Vista.

Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato (Recording Arts, 1989)
Front of House Engineer, Mr. Big
Hall of Fame Inductee

After starting her touring career mixing the band Spin Doctors in the early ‘90s, Michelle joined numerous world tours for some of the most recognizable names in music, including Styx, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls, Ke$ha, Thievery Corporation, Christina Aguilera, Fastball, Adam Lambert, and more. She has written numerous articles and spoken on topics ranging from career development to live sound techniques, and has contributed to professional journals such as Live Sound International, Load In International, and various industry websites. In 2013, Michelle co-founded SoundGirls.Org to create a supportive community for women working in professional audio, while also inspiring and empowering the next generation.

Ric Viers (Film, 1991)
Owner, SoundEffects.com
Hall of Fame Inductee

In his nearly two-decade career, Ric has been credited with location sound work that’s been used in hundreds of productions. His company, Blastwave FX, is the world’s largest producer of sound effects libraries for film, TV, and video games. Ric is also the owner of SoundEffects.com, which features sound effects content from publishers and independent producers around the world, the host of several video series, and the author of two books – The Sound Effects Bible and The Location Sound Bible.