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Full Sail University Lauds FOH Engineer, Other Inductees to 11th Annual Hall of Fame

FOH Staff • News • April 1, 2020

WINTER PARK, FL – Full Sail University’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Week took place from March 8-13, 2020. Six graduates were recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, technology, media, and the arts, including FOH engineer Fela Davis, who has worked for House of Blues and Clair Global and now serves as FOH engineer for Grammy-winning jazz bassist, composer and arranger Christian McBride.

More details from Full Sail University (www.fullsail.edu):

Full Sail’s Hall of Fame Week included guest lectures, panels, workshops, and hands-on technology demonstrations from leading industry influencers, experts, and companies; career networking events focused on employment and mentoring for students and graduates; a Technology Expo showcasing the latest in tech trends and interactive experiences; and live musical performances featuring a variety of artists and genres, along with interactive creative challenges for students and alumni gaming tournaments, film screenings and more. In addition, several events were made available to the public via online streaming.

The latest class of inductees, first announced last fall, included:

Michael Cardwell

  • Current Title: Founder/Creative Director, Digital Brew
  • Industry Credits: Michael Cardwell is the Founder and Creative Director of Orlando based video production, animation and design agency Digital Brew.
  • During his 14+ year career Michael has established himself as a talented, award-winning cinematographer and producer. He has parlayed his film and business education into a successful company and is proud of his staff comprised of many Full Sail University graduates.
  • His company’s client list includes: Amazon, AdventHealth, GameFly, Cisco, Draft Kings, Ray-Ban, Cash Money Records, Walgreens, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • In 2019, Digital Brew was listed #1683 on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list of fastest growing privately held companies in America.
  • Digital Brew as a whole has won 16 Emmy awards as a company.
  • Michael has personally won 11 Emmy awards, 9 Telly awards, and 3 ADDY awards.
  • 2004 & 2005 Graduate (Film & Entertainment Business)

Fela Davis

  • Current Title: Front of House Engineer & Content Creator
  • Industry Credits Fela’s earlier experiences include working for industry powerhouses Clair Global and House of Blues.
  • She is currently front of house engineer for 6-time Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, mixing sold out shows across Asia, Europe, Canada and America. She has also mixed for the likes of Ron Carter, Jose Feliciano, Bilal and more.
  • Fela serves as a mentor for young women in audio with Soundgirls.org, and when not on the road, she’s recording and creating new projects for her own businesses 23dB Productions & One of One Productions Studio. 23dB specializes in live recording, producing original music, podcasts, creating video and social media content for businesses (Focusrite, OWC, Lewitt Microphones, etc).
  • Fela has mobile multitrack recorded at Live Nation NYC venues (Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom), SiriusXM’s Real Jazz, The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian McBride, live broadcasts from The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and Atlantic Records.
  • The studio also specializes in podcast recording that is also home to The Art of Music Tech Podcast that Fela hosts with her 23dB business partner, Denis.
  • 2002 Graduate (Recording Arts)

Erin Eberhardt

  • Current Title: Lead Project Manager at Blizzard Entertainment
  • Industry Credits: After graduating from Full Sail’s Game Design Master’s program, Erin got her start in indie game development as an Associate Producer at ZeeGee Games in Orlando. She later moved across the country to Anaheim, California to work on online products at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online before moving to Sony PlayStation as a Senior Program Manager where she helped to launch PlayStation Now.
  • Currently, Erin works as the Lead Project Manager on Esports for Blizzard Entertainment, where she manages the team behind global esports event and program planning for Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft II.
  • Erin was her class valedictorian and the first woman to graduate from Full Sail’s Game Design Master’s program in 2010.
  • Erin has been a contributor to Full Sail University’s esports program, guest lectured to current students on campus, and consistently supports the careers of graduates in the gaming industry.
  • 2010 Graduate (Game Design Master’s)

Chris Kelley

  • Current Title: Staff UX Designer at Google
  • Industry Credits: Chris Kelley is a UX design lead at Google, working on Augmented Reality.
  • Previously at Google, Chris led a prototyping doing interaction research for immersive computing (AR/VR) and worked on wearable hardware experiences such as Google Glass.
  • In 2018, he presented findings on behalf of his research and development team at the Google I/O developers conference, and his team’s work was featured as a Google Design “Best of.”
  • Prior to Google, Chris logged more than 15 years experience on commercial, broadcast, motion and interactive design.
  • Chris has worked with King and Country, Blur Studios, EVB, Nathaniel Howe Studios, and many more.
  • His work has been honored with awards including: Cannes Cyber Lion, London International Award, FWA, Clio, ADDY, Horizon, and is a past Emmy Award Nominee.
  • 2002 Graduate (Digital Media)

Mark Kilborn

  • Current Title: Sound Designer
  • Industry Credits: Mark Kilborn is an award‐winning sound designer, mixer, and implementer with 15 years of experience in the video games industry. He has worked on various game franchises, including Forza Motorsport, Brothers in Arms, Tony Hawk and Project Gotham Racing.
  • He spent nine years as one of the audio directors for the Call of Duty franchise, contributing to projects including Modern Warfare 3, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 1-3, Exo Zombies, Modern Warfare Remastered, Call of Duty Online and Call of Duty: WWII.
  • His projects have won MPSE Golden Reel and GANG Awards for sound, and they’ve been nominated for BAFTA and DICE Outstanding Achievement in Sound Awards.
  • 2004 Graduate (Recording Arts)

Shaun McCabe

  • Current Title: Head of Technology at Insomniac Games
  • Industry Credits: Shaun McCabe is the Head of Technology at Insomniac Games, the award-winning developer of Marvel’s Spider-Man.
  • Shaun leverages over 18 years’ experience in engineering, creative and production leadership to drive the creation of world-class player experiences.
  • Shaun joined Insomniac Games in 2003 as an audio programmer, developing audio technology for Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004), Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005) and the PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man (2006).
  • In 2009, Shaun joined Chad Dezern in opening a new Insomniac studio in Durham, North Carolina. With the Durham studio, he co-directed multiple Ratchet & Clank titles and served as executive producer for Edge of Nowhere (2016), Feral Rights (2016), The Unspoken (2016) and Stormland (2019), for Oculus Rift; and Seedling (2018) for Magic Leap One.
  • Shaun serves as a guest speaker and panelist discussing technology within the gaming industry. Most recently he appeared as the featured keynote speaker at Synapse Orlando.
  • 2001 Graduate (Game Design)

 

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