Full Sail finished the year strong by featuring some great events last month. From movie premiers to concerts; live chats and guest speakers, the weeks leading up to winter break were packed with opportunities for both campus and online students to connect with industry leaders. Here are a few highlights from the month of December.
- The documentary Conquering Kilimanjaro premiered at the Full Sail Live venue. The movie is the first feature length documentary from the Emmy-Award winning team at Boulder Broadcasting. The film follows 16 cancer survivors and advocates as they attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain. The filmmakers also offered an exclusive screening of the film to students, complete with a Q&A afterwards.
- Full Sail’s Game Development and Simulation and Visualization programs hosted a booth at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando. One of the world’s largest modeling, training, and simulation conferences, the three day event featured demonstrations and speakers from all of the world. student volunteers gave demonstrations of Simulation and Visualization Program Director Rob Catto’s Virtual Foot Flyer, an Occulus Rift powered paragliding simulator.
- Full Sail hosted the “Digital Orlando’ Tech Event featuring technology leaders, entrepreneurs, economic development professionals, students, and investors from across the spectrum of Orlando’s $14 billion tech sector. The event featured keynote speaker Chris Valentine the Creator and Producer of the SXSW Startup Village.
- The Game Awards 2014 celebrated the best offerings from the world of video games, and Full Sail threw a live viewing party on campus in support of the 35 grads that worked on nominated projects. Of those, 18 alumni were affiliated with winning games.
- Full Sail participated in a live Google Hangout with 10 time GRAMMY award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan. The event was sponsored by GRAMMY U, a national community of college students interested in careers in the recording industry.
- The Entertainment Business and Music Business departments presented a guest lecture from EMMY Award-winning TV composer and guitarist Brian Tarquin, who’s work has appeared on Friends, Good Morning America, Sex and the City, South Park, and more.
- December’s Show Production final project concert featured a performance from The Groove Orient, an experimental, rock, and jazz group from Orlando.
- The Music Business program welcomed producer and artist Junior Reid to campus to discuss his career and what it’s like to work with music industry legends such as Wu-Tang Clan, The Game, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, and more. The event was live streamed for both campus and online students.