Six Full Sail University Graduates Work on James Cameron's Blockbuster Film, AVATAR

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Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) would like to congratulate a total of six graduates who worked on the critically acclaimed James Cameron film, AVATAR. This film was written and developed by Cameron himself over a decade ago, but was told the technology was not available to make this film. Now in 2009, with the help of Full Sail University's graduates, the film has been completed.

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I chose Full Sail over many other schools mainly for its reputation, track record and amazing facility

Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) would like to congratulate a total of six graduates who worked on the critically acclaimed James Cameron film, AVATAR. This film was written and developed by Cameron himself over a decade ago, but was told the technology was not available to make this film. Now in 2009, with the help of Full Sail University's graduates, the film has been completed.

The graduates worked on the production from the beginning of November 2006, through to November 2009. The six graduates are: Malcolm Thomas Gustave (Computer Animation - Creatures Technical Director); Devin Fairbairn (Computer Animation - Tracking Supervisor); Joe Harkins (Computer Animation - Character Supervisor); Jeff Unay (Computer Animation - Facial Lead); Jason Stellwag (Computer Animation - Digital Artist); Ronnie Menahem (Computer Animation - Shots Pipeline Technical Director, FX Technical Director); and Juan Peralta (Recording Arts - Sound Re-Recording Mixer).

"I chose Full Sail over many other schools mainly for its reputation, track record and amazing facility," said Jeff Unay, Full Sail graduate and Facial Lead for AVATAR. Pete Bandstra, Program Director for Computer Animation and Game Art further added, "Having a total of six graduates play key positions in an epic motion picture such as AVATAR is truly a testament to Full Sail's commitment to teaching our students to go beyond industry standards. It is the best possible way for them to achieve their dreams."

About Full Sail University:

Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 33,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 191-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 8,000 students from 50 states and 57 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of 26 degree programs including: Associate of Science Degree in Graphic Design; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Music Business, Recording Arts, Show Production, and Web Design & Development; Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology, Game Design, Entertainment Business, and Internet Marketing; and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Creative Writing and Media Design.

Full Sail was most recently named "Best Company" in the 2009 Orlando Business Journal's Reader's Choice Awards, as well as the 2008 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been previously named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

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