Full Sail University, a worldwide educational leader in entertainment, media, technology, and the arts, and Maker Studios, the global leader in short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube, recently announced a unique collaboration to produce premium programming at the new digital entertainment studio “REBL HQ” located on the Full Sail University campus in Winter Park, Florida, as well as develop and launch an online video creator curriculum.
Located in a brand-new facility that houses state-of-the-art video sound stages, REBL HQ will create content across genres such as comedy, gaming, beauty, travel, and more; will provide students with real-world opportunities to participate on professional productions, as well as study development, production and distribution for online short-form video; and will serve as an innovation hub for the evolving world of online video delivery systems, production techniques and storytelling.
“Full Sail consistently works alongside entertainment industry leaders to create, mold and evolve pioneering curriculum and opportunities for our students. In addition to the exciting productions that will occur within REBL HQ, we know we have aligned with the industry leader in short-form content and look forward to the collaboration and educational opportunities that result with Maker,” said Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University.
Full Sail University and Maker will develop and collaboratively offer innovative coursework in online video to a global student base through Full Sail’s award-winning online learning platform. The curriculum will provide instruction on best practices in content creation and optimizing online video creators’ ability to attract audiences.
“Maker is always looking for new ways to help creative people develop their skills and grow audiences to their full potential. We want to empower students with the proper skills to become a successful part of the digital content ecosystem. We’re excited to produce programming with REBL HQ as well as share our expertise with Full Sail students,” said Erin McPherson, chief content officer of Maker Studios.
While production activities commenced earlier this year at REBL HQ, the official ribbon cutting ceremony coincided with Full Sail’s annual Hall of Fame celebration, which recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of graduates who have excelled in their career field.
Full Sail and Maker are working collaboratively on original content initiatives as part of REBL HQ, such as the launch of actress Gianna Simone’s YouTube channel featuring the original series “Love, Gianna.” Another example is a five-episode series documenting student game developer teams and Maker talent, such as Keyori, challenged with creating a video game in just 48 hours. “Full Sail Game Maker Challenge” premieres March 28th at www.FullSail.edu/GameMakerChallenge.