Each of Full Sail's degree programs is developed and shaped in conjunction with an advisory board of industry professionals. By working closely with leaders and creative minds within a given industry, we are able to constantly adapt and revise our curriculum to make sure we're giving students the optimal educational experience to help propel them into their careers.
Steve Bayes has been in the post production side of the film and video industry for 28 years. Since January 2006 Bayes has been the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Apple's Final Cut Pro. He is currently also managing Color, Soundtrack Pro, Cinema Tools, and ProRes. In 2004, he was Director of Product Marketing for Media 100, eventually moving to Boris FX when Media 100 was acquired. He has also been a consultant, writer, and instructor specializing in Avid, Boris FX, and Apple products. Steve worked for Avid Technology for 10 years, spending the last eight as a Principal Product Designer for Media Composer, Symphony, and Nitris. He is the author of The Avid Handbook, first published in 1998 and currently in the fifth edition. Steve was the first certified Avid instructor teaching for Avid and then spent two years as Senior Instructor for Avid Educational Services.
Michael Murray is a seven-time Emmy-nominated director of photography, cinematographer, adventurer, and businessman. He has an exceptional talent of acquiring imagery under extreme conditions. He brought this creative influence to the premiere season of Mark Burnett’s Survivor franchise in 1999, where it continues to be emulated as the signature style into the 22nd season.
In 1991, with the desire to collaborate and build a team of passionate craftsmen, Michael founded the production company, Adrenaline Film Productions. Today Adrenaline Films enjoys an excellent reputation and leads the Central Florida production community with a team of 25 full-time staff and hundreds of contracted freelancers. As the owner and president of the company, Michael has entrepreneurial and business experience that give him a unique perspective on producing financially and artistically successful projects. Adrenaline's short list of clients include: ABC, NBC, CBS, Universal Studios, Mark Burnett Productions, BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and HBO.
In addition to Broadcast programming, Murray and Adrenaline have been producing national and regional television commercials, including the 2011 National Television campaign for Universal Studios Florida and the 2010 and 2011 Halloween Horror Nights TVC campaign for Universal Orlando Resorts.
Chris Nelson's career has been long and varied, having been producer, director, or film editor on a variety of cable and network movies and series. Chris began his career as a film editor on the miniseries The Captains and the Kings in the late '70s, and soon after began editing pilots for Stephen Cannell. The Greatest American Hero pilot provided the first chance to move away from editing, giving Chris the opportunity for producing and directing to become a reality. Most recently, Chris was a producer on the CBS series, The Education of Max Bickford, with Richard Dreyfus. Chris has received Best Editing Emmy nominations for Lost, Six Feet Under, China Beach, and The Greatest American Hero pilots. He also received an American Cinema Editors nomination for editing the West Wing pilot, Lost, and Mad Men.
Oliver Peters has worked in the television, film, and entertainment industry since 1970, and has accrued a diverse range of experience in all facets of production, post-production, and project management. In addition to "hands-on" positions, Oliver has constructed various film and video facilities and served as project manager for many different entertainment venues. His credits include national and international TV and film projects, which have won such awards as the NATPE Iris, Telly, ITS Monitor, a national Addy and others. AVVMM Producer magazine named Oliver one of the Top 100 producers in 2001. He is currently freelancing as a project manager, editor and designer, as well as consulting on facility design. Peters is also a contributing editor to Videography magazine and the Creative Planet web sites, writing about editing and post-production topics and products.
Dave DeBorde is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at over 60 film festivals, domestically and internationally, and has garnered over 27 major awards. His film experience is long and varied, including a film project called Potluck, which consisted of three short films now in distribution for the Christian media market. One of the films, Success Story, Part I, was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. DeBorde initially learned his producing skills while working on a feature film as a co-producer with legendary Hollywood producer William S. Gilmore (Jaws, A Few Good Men). The lessons learned on that film put him in a position to earn his stripes in 2001 as one of the producers of The Least of These, which won numerous awards, including a Crystal Heart from the Heartland Film Festival and a CINE Special Jury Award.
Eric Breitenbach has been a still photographer for over 30 years and a filmmaker for more than 15. His still photographs have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Details, Doubletake, Information Week, and Essence. He has had over 20 solo exhibitions of his photographs throughout the U.S. and is represented in the permanent collections of the Duke University Center For Documentary Studies, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ogden Museum of Art, and several other museums and collections. Eric has also produced documentaries for National Geographic Television, Sundance Channel, Lifetime Television, America’s Health Network, and PBS. Eric continues to work in still photography, film, and video. In 2007, the Southeast Museum of Photography mounted a mid-career retrospective entitled Eric Breitenbach: Life Stories - Photographs and Films 1981-2007. In 2012 he exhibited his still photographs at the Third Eye Gallery in Varanasi, India.
Jerry Abercrombie is a senior level event producer and creative director with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment/theme park industry. His credits include production designer for Mickey’s World Tour – Japan, The Sundance Film Festival 2001, The State Fair of Texas, the Town of Celebration’s Christmas Holiday Celebration, as well as the grand openings of the Marriott Orlando World Center, Sun Bank Tower, Barnett Plaza, and Olympia Place. As Manager of Art and Design for Universal Orlando, Jerry spearheaded the creative development for numerous Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras celebrations, and the grand openings of Islands of Adventure, City Walk, and Portofino Bay Hotel.
Stephen Campbell has worked as a Cinematographer and Director of Photography on hundreds of productions, including commercials, feature films, music videos, television series, and documentaries. In 1987, Stephen worked with Michael Jackson on the documentary for his Bad tour. His credits also include feature films such as Passenger 57, Doc Hollywood, Rosewood, and The Waterboy. In 2003, he worked as the “A” Camera Operator and Additional Director of Photography on the Academy Award-winning Monster, and Second Unit on The Punisher. In 2004 he completed The Yellow Balloon, The Brooke Ellison Story, and was the Director and Director of Photography on Disney’s "Nemo on Ice" commercial.
John D. Maatta is the Chief Operating Officer of the CW, overseeing the network's business operations, including sales, business affairs, network distribution, legal, finance, and human resources. The CW represents the second network Maatta has been involved with from the early stages. He earned the distinction of being the WB's very first employee, and made many of its initial distribution deals. He also sits on the board of the Trader Vic's Restaurant Corporation, and is the former Chairman of the Board of that enterprise. Maatta also serves on the board of Rochester Television Ventures, LLC, and has been published in respected scholarly law journals on subjects of Hollywood and entertainment.
Wayne Morris is a producer of such films as Rush Hour, Exorcist: The Beginning, Miami Vice, Two For the Money, and Sydney White. Morris lives in Central Florida and enjoys working to bring more feature film projects to the area; more than 95 percent of the crew members who worked on Sydney White were Central Floridians.
Lee Nersesian has been involved with the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Filmmakers Lab for 25 years. The Filmmakers Lab is one of the Institute’s principle programs, and is designed to foster innovation in independent cinema. Over the past 20 years, Nersesian has worked with top-level creative talent like Sigourney Weaver, Quentin Tarantino, Denzel Washington, Sally Field, Ed Harris, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robert Redford. Currently, Nersesian is the Sundance Festival’s Digital Center Manager and Feature Film Program’s Director of Production.
Paul Sirmons is a career DGA assistant director, having worked on The Waltons, Flamingo Road, Falcon Crest, The New Leave it to Beaver, Superboy, Quantum Leap, SeaQuest DSV, and others. After co-founding SHO Entertainment, he became an indie producer / director. He directed and produced The First of May, then went on to produce several other independent productions such as Florida City, Dunsmore, and The Way Back Home. In 2005 he was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as the Florida State Film Commissioner. He resigned the post in early 2008 to re-focus on filmmaking.
Craig W. Richards spent his formative years in Toronto, Canada and was educated at the exclusive Photo/Electric Arts Program at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Mr. Richards’ first business, The Art Department, provided production design and art direction for the burgeoning Toronto independent film industry. He also founded Pi Production, a technical production company that provided services for over 23 feature films, and BigDiesel Films, a production company. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Richards was a producer for the Florida Film Festival, during which time the FFF was rated as a top-ten worldwide film festival. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for Enzian Theater and for Woman in Film and TV Florida. In 2002, Mr. Richards received a grant from Workforce Florida/MOEDC to produce the Orlando Technology Forums and in 2008, he received a Professional Development grant from United Arts of Central Florida.