Full Sail Grads on Award-Winning Hollywood Hits
Published on Mar 25, 2022 by Abby Stassen
Full Sail's Film & Television degrees give students the tools to land roles on award-worthy Hollywood productions
Full Sail graduates are no stranger to film and television awards season: The red-carpet shows seem to always have grads from Full Sail's Film & Television degree programs credited on their nominated projects. For decades, Full Sail's hands-on education model, state-of-the-art facilities, and experienced course directors have prepared students to work on a wide range of productions, so it's no surprise that the school's grads frequently show up in the credits of Hollywood's award-worthy hits.
The 94th Annual Academy Awards
More than 115 Full Sail graduates were credited on 29 Oscar-nominated projects across 18 categories at the 2022 Academy Awards. A number of grads were credited on Best Picture nominees like Don't Look Up, Dune, West Side Story, and King Richard for their work in production, sound, visual effects, and props; when the Oscar-winners were announced out on March 27, 37 graduates were credited on eight Oscar-winning projects in 16 categories, including Best Picture winner CODA.
73rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Two hundred and fourteen grads were credited on 201 projects nominated at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Of those nominees, four graduates took home their own Emmy statuettes.
Grads Working on Nominated & Winning Projects
Full Sail grads played integral roles on a number of 2022's Oscar-nominated films. For instance, Film alumnus Paola Serrano was credited on Best Costume Design-nominee Cruella for their work as a Costume Production Assistant.
For the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Recording Arts graduate Anthony Zeller was credited for their work as a Foley Editor and Foley Mixer on HBO's Mare of Easttown, and Film grad Lee Perez-Gonzalez was credited on The Mandalorian for their role as an Assistant Production Coordinator.
A Full Sail Education
Full Sail is designed to produce graduates who are ready to work as high-performing professionals as soon as they graduate. The school's seasoned faculty, industry-aligned course content, and expansive production facilities combine to make a Full Sail education a unique proposition among film schools.
"If one thing can be said about Full Sail's faculty, it's 'They have done it,'" says Rick Ramsey, Full Sail's Visual Arts Education Director. "Full Sail faculty have worked on Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and have even trained NASA astronauts how to shoot video in space. That level of experience is priceless."
Some of Full Sail's standout Film and Television program instructors include Film Department Chair TJ Doctor, who brings students and grads with him to the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Directors Workshop; Film and Digital Cinematography Lab Specialist Larry Katz, who worked with students and graduates on Disney+ series The Right Stuff; and Digital Cinematography Course Director Michael Hanly, who uses his years of eclectic experience as a day player and editor to show students the power of film.
Film students create a movie from the ground up. They put their ideas together in Scriptwriting Techniques, learn to tell visual stories in Composition & Visual Design, decide what role they'd like to play in the production process in Film Positions I & II, form a film crew in Advanced Production I, and assemble their final portfolio reel in Project & Portfolio VII, among other courses.
The Film Production master's program builds on core filmmaking skills to help students produce a higher-level portfolio project. They take a deep dive into dramatic narratives in the Script Production & Analysis course, examine non-traditional visual storytelling in the Experimental Filmmaking class, edit the visual and audio elements of their completed movie in Film Production Thesis IV: Film Assembly, and master the practical side of the film industry in Business of Film, among additional classes.
Students in the Digital Cinematography program learn how to become entrepreneurs in the film industry by developing "jack of all trades" skills. They explore the art and business of filmmaking in History of Motion Picture Arts, complete a film shoot in Fundamentals of Production I, consider the camera's visual needs in Art Design & Location Shooting, get a bird's eye view of filmmaking in the Directing course, and create a branded website for their production company in Project & Portfolio VII, among other courses.
Full Sail's campus gives students the tools they need for every step of the film and television creation process. Students get a feel for audio and visual equipment in Full Sail's Camera Lab, then they build the set of their dreams on the indoor Film Soundstage or take advantage of pre-built sets on the campus Backlot. The Backlot has facades of a gas station, a suburban home, New York City-inspired brownstones, and a stretch of European-style buildings nicknamed "Amsterdam," among other options. Once shooting is complete, Film & Television students tackle post-production in one of several purpose-built lab facilities.
In 2022, Full Sail also opened the doors to a brand new facility focused on the future of filmmaking. Studio V1: Virtual Production is one of the largest and most technologically advanced virtual production studios on any college campus in the US. The studio combines live event production, traditional filmmaking techniques, and Unreal Engine (a real-time 3D creation tool) to help students and clients create movies, commercials, and more.