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May 18, 2010
13 Graduates Work on Anticipated Western Gaming Sequel, Red Dead Redemption

Full Sail University (www.fullsail.edu) would like to congratulate 13 graduates who worked on the highly anticipated sequel, Red Dead Redemption. This is an action-adventure western video game developed by Rockstar San Diego, and is a follow up to the 2004 hit, Red Dead Revolver.

The graduates who worked on the game are: Game Development graduates Chris Bourassa (Multiplayer Designer), Danny Bulla (Senior Mission Designer), John Diaz (Mission Designer), Donald Jones (Mission Designer), Jason Jurecka (Tools Programmer), Jason Knobler (Programmer), Ryan Paradis (Ambient Designer), and Nicholas Zippman (Game Designer); Computer Animation graduates David Finlay (Terrain Artist), Peter Jackson (Facial Animator), Scott Schoennagel (Terrain Artist), and Grant Werner (Terrain Artist); and Recording Arts and Game Development graduate, Cory Shay (Senior Audio Programmer).

“It’s actually pretty surreal because one of the top three companies I wanted to work for when I was in Full Sail was Rockstar, so I’m very thankful to be working here every day,” said Diaz. Rob Catto, Director of Game Studies at Full Sail University further added, “Having graduates on a project such as Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption is simply amazing. This truly emulates the hard work and dedication our graduates, as well as current students, are willing to endure to reach the level of success they have always dreamed of achieving.”

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate campus and online degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.


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