Recently, we’ve heard some great news from two of our own who now are using their talents at Epic Games, one of the world’s leading interactive entertainment companies and provider of 3D engine technology. You might have also heard of their the hugely popular game Fortnite! Bodé and Jarrett are both thrilled to work on this amazing title. Bodé Alaka Bodé, one of our alumni, recently began full-time employment at Epic as a Character Designer / Concept Artist. Bodé’s portfolio is on ArtStation and it depicts one of his Fortnite concepts, “Stitch.” Jarrett McGill Jarrett recently began as an Animation Continue Reading
At the 2022 Senior Showcase, Ashley Thomas frames up a lofty achievement with Professor Todd Emma. At the 2022 Senior Showcase, Visual Effects students and their favorite actors pose with Associate Professor James Livingston. At the 2022 Senior Showcase, students from the NSAC team pose with Professor Jonathan Hounshell. Senior Showcase Demo Reel
ETSU’s National Student Advertising team placed in the top eight of the National Student Advertising Competition semi-finals after winning first place in the district 7 competition. This is the third time in five years that ETSU students have competed at the finals. Students on the NSAC team represent the ETSU Departments of Media and Communication and Digital Media. This semester, they collaborated to create an advertising solution for the 2022 competition client Meta and its VR device, the Quest 2. At the district level, the team competed against seven other universities, including second place winner Lee University and third place Continue Reading
Sullivan Perry (class of 2021) directed, filmed and edited his first music video. The track is “Let Them Eat Cake” by the artist Fleurie who has 3,498,816 monthly listeners. Sullivan poses with the Fleurie and the crew in a series of outtakes that play during the music video’s rolling credits. Let Them Eat Cake by Fleurie Sullivan Perry’s Portfolio Sullivan’s B.S. in Digital Media was a concentration in Visual Effects. You can see more of Sullivan’s student work as well as professional work in his portolio here.
ETSU’s Department of Digital Media was a spotlight participant at the 2022 East Coast Game Conference. Students and faculty participated in several ECGC sessions including a panel discussion regarding their partnership with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. This partnership created multiple training scenarios from crash cart simulations to cutting-edge VR de-escalation training for the hospital staff. Megan Smith, Stephen Overton, Grayson Wiles, and Todd Emma discussed working with non-gamers as stakeholders and the pipeline for asset creation and deployment. FACUTLY AND STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH Is grad school for you? Professor Todd Emma and Assistant Professor Jacy Richardson Lessons Learned in Continue Reading
The Department of Digital Media has received accolades from the online resource Animation Career Review which has ranked ETSU among the top animation and game design schools in the South in their 2021 review. No. 1 in Tennessee for Game Design No. 1 in Tennessee for Animation Top 20 in the South East Tennessee State University has been ranked No. 1 in Tennessee as the top school for game design, as well as animation. It is also positioned among the Top 20 Game Design and Animation Colleges in the South, ranking No. 12 for its animation program and No. 17 Continue Reading
Six Different Shows to Watch The Overmountain Animation Festival had its live streaming event August 12th, 13th and 14th. You can watch each of the shows again at overmountainanimation.com/schedule. All in all, the six shows represent a total of more than 60 animation shorts. This collection truly has something for every walk of life, both young and old. Tune in on the Overmountain Animation website to find the stream, get a full list of the films, or learn about our judges and past winners. Since 2005, ETSU’s Department of Digital Media has hosted this annual, curated showcase of animation shorts. Continue Reading
May 20, 2021. East Tennessee State University and the Digital Media Department are excited to announce the approval by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission of a new Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media.
Meet Digital Media alum Jeb Johnson who was the Director of Photography for the film “One Night In January: Counting the Cost of Homelessness,” which is a feature length documentary film that examines the causes of homelessness and its cultural, social, and financial impact on society. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the film is available FREE for viewing online. You can read more about Jeb and learn more about the film at One Night In January. “We met Jeb while we were interviewing ETSU students about their awareness of homelessness. When he found out that we were filming a documentary, Continue Reading
Digital Media Alum Ryan Brown has been featured on the Quaver Ed website to celebrate Black Music Month. Ryan currently is the Supervising Animator at Quaver Ed which has it’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. You can read the full interview about Ryan, his work and his perspective on Black Music Month here on the Overmountain Animation Festival. Since 2005, the Department of ETSU Digital Media host this celebration of animation talent from all over the world. This year, the festival is available in an online streaming event. For more more information on the schedule, see the
“Hearing the stories of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd these past few weeks and months has torn my heart apart. I’ve had trouble sleeping the past few nights as I reflect on the part that racism has played in my life. I’ve realized I’ve stayed silent for too long on these issues. From the moment I was born I was aware of how different I was. As a mixed child raised by a white family I questioned why I looked different from everyone around me. I would ask my Mom constantly if I was adopted. Fortunately, my family Continue Reading
ETSU’s National Student Advertising team placed in the top nine of the National Student Advertising Competition semi-finals after winning first place in the district 7 competition. This is the second time in three years that ETSU students have competed at the finals. Students on the NSAC team represent the ETSU Departments of Media and Communication, Art and Design and Digital Media. This semester, they collaborated to create an advertising solution for the 2020 competition client, Adobe. At the district level, the team competed against eight other universities, including second place winner the University of Alabama and third place winner Lee Continue Reading
In March of 2020, one of our Digital Media Alumni had an illustration and poster design published on Star Wars’ Instagram for The Mandalorian series during the recent Disney+ debut in the UK. We asked her a few questions. How did you get this opportunity to work on a poster for The Mandalorian? A little over a year ago I was invited to join an agency called the Poster Posse. They have about 50 or so artists on their roster. One of the main types of projects we do are these digital and social media campaigns where a group Continue Reading