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.
The evolution of the Call of Duty® series into one of the most popular entertainment releases of all time has been fascinating to watch – especially for Chance Glasco. Chance is a 2001 graduate of our Computer Animation program, and shortly after starting his career in the industry, became a founding member of Infinity Ward, the video game studio behind the franchise.
Chance’s specialty from the beginning has been as an animator, specifically for the arsenal of weapons players use. Those realistic animations are among the highlights of the Call of Duty experience, and some of the best examples of Chance’s work can be seen in such hits as Call of Duty® (2003), Call of Duty® 2 (2005), Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare® (2007), Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 (2009), and Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 (2011).
The innovations set forth by these games has seen each new entry greeted like a major media event. Just one example – in only 24 hours of release Modern Warfare 3 sold over 6.5 million copies in the United States and United Kingdom alone. As someone just happy to be doing what he loves for a living, those statistics are still sinking in for Chance after a decade.
“When you work on it you don’t realize how well known your game is,” he says. “You hear these numbers – like millions of people bought it – but you can’t really visualize that. It really set in when we started breaking records. Like when we beat out Avatar for the fastest-selling entertainment product. That’s when you’re like ‘Whoa.’”