Full Sail University Announces Graduates Who Worked on 2009 Oscar-Nominated Projects

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Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) is proud to announce that a total of 34 graduates are credited on 15 Oscar-nominated motion pictures this year, with one graduate eligible for an Oscar of his own in the Best Achievement in Sound Mixing category. The Academy Awards will air live on February 22, 2009.

Gary Rizzo, Full Sail Graduate and Oscar Nominee

This is always a very exciting time for Full Sail University

Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu)] is proud to announce that a total of 34 graduates are credited on 15 Oscar-nominated motion pictures this year, with one graduate eligible for an Oscar of his own in the Best Achievement in Sound Mixing category. The Academy Awards will air live on February 22, 2009.

Full Sail graduates are credited in categories including: Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Animated Feature, Visual Effects and more. Motion pictures that our graduates have worked on include: The Dark Knight (Full Sail graduate personal nominee on this project), Wall-E, Frost/Nixon, Changeling, Iron Man, The Wrestler, Defiance, Wanted, and more.

Gary Rizzo, 1993 Recording Arts Graduate and Valedictorian, has personally been nominated in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for the film, The Dark Knight. This is Rizzo's second nomination to achieve an Oscar of his own with his first in 2005 in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on The Incredibles. Currently, Rizzo serves in the position of Re-Recording Mixer, and has a long history of working on blockbuster films at the famed audio post-production facility Skywalker Sound on George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, CA.

"This is always a very exciting time for Full Sail University," said Dave Franko, Program Director for the Film Degree Program. "With our graduates being recognized for their work throughout the award season on Oscar-nominated, as well as GRAMMY-nominated projects, we are humbled by their success and are honored to celebrate their incredible moment."

On February 22, Full Sail University will also be holding an on-campus Academy Award viewing event for key students, staff and faculty.

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 31,000 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 190-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 6,500 students from 50 states and 65 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of seventeen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Internet Marketing (online), Music Business and Web Design & Development; and Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology (online), Game Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus) and Internet Marketing (online); and a Master of Fine Art in Media Design (online).

Full Sail was most recently was named 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.

Contact:    
Kristin Weissman
Director of Public Relations
407-679-0100, ext. 5908
407-252-1179 (cell)

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