(ST. LOUIS, MO - January 5, 2006) wondertouch™, a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced that Full Sail Real World Education (Full Sail) has adopted particleIllusion™, its award-winning professional particle effects software application, into the curriculum of its expanded Digital Media program.
As of January 2006, Full Sail, considered one of the premiere schools in the U.S. for preparing students for careers in the entertainment media industry, will incorporate wondertouch software into its new Digital Arts & Design Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
The new degree program at Full Sail is designed to offer a complete digital education and features additional courses, training labs and a new digital arts studio. Students are trained on a wide variety of industry standard software packages by professional instructors with experience in the field. particleIllusion will be used to train students in 3D art and animation, digital video production, digital publishing, web design, motion graphics and art creation for games.
"We are excited about the launch of our new B.S. program and consider the addition of wondertouch particleIllusion fundamental to the curriculum's future success," said Bill Galbreath, Full Sail Digital Arts and Design program director. "It is important that all our courses tie together and access to this standalone software application will allow students to add a professional polish that will help them create stunning effects such as smoke, fire, explosions and sparks to projects throughout the Digital Arts and Design Program."
"wondertouch is committed to education and thrilled that particleIllusion will play an integral role in the launch of the first Full Sail B.S. program in Digital Arts and Design," said Alan Lorence, wondertouch president. "Full Sail's reputation for providing comprehensive, `hands on' educational experiences and resources from industry professionals will help students acquire the range and skills necessary to bridge a successful transition into the workplace where there is always demand for skilled animation and effects artists."
particleIllusion is a standalone particle effects application designed as an easy-to-use, low-cost, high performance tool to quickly and simply add particle effects to any image, animation, or video footage. particleIllusion features an ever-growing collection of over 1400 preset effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colorful artistic effects, and many others. particleIllusion features OpenGL hardware acceleration to provide real-time (or near real-time) previews of most effects and ultra-fast rendering of final output.
About Full Sail Real World Education
Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. With over 20,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour five out of the last five years. Full Sail's 91-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from all 50 states and 35 countries worldwide. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Design, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring.
Students experience a "real world" education, with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day, and a 24-hour round the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the "Most Innovative Program" Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Full Sail has also been named one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 1) and New York University (No. 2); Electronic Gaming Monthly named Full Sail one of the Top Five Game Design Schools in the world; Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Full Sail one of the "Best Music Programs" in the country, in addition to one of the "Best Music Business Departments" in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, and Unleashed Magazine has just named Full Sail one of the Best Film Programs in the country. For more information, please visit www.fullsail.com.
wondertouch, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects for the visual effects industry. The company's flagship product particleIllusion, a sprite-based particle effects application, is designed to provide the most comprehensive effects creation tool and efficient workflow. Considered one of the most popular solutions for effects creation, particleIllusion is now used worldwide by creative professionals working in film post-production and pre-visualization, standard and HD video, commercial broadcast, motion graphics and game content creation.
A spectrum of recent entertainment projects shaped by the software include feature films "North Country," "Stealth," "Wedding Crashers," "H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds," "Sin City," "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D," "Fantastic Four," and "Constantine;" the hit soap opera, "Passions;" syndicated entertainment news program "Access Hollywood;" interactive game title "MX vs. ATV Unleashed;" episodic television series' "JAG" and "Navy/NCIS," various sports programs including: "NBA on TNT", "NASCAR on TNT;" national commercials including Cadillac/Saab (GM); music video projects for Dave Matthews Band, and many others.
wondertouch software products are available directly from wondertouch. Additional information on wondertouch can be obtained on the Web at http://www.wondertouch.com