DAVE School's Saham Ali Inducted as a Member of the Visual Effects Society

Feb 01, 2016, 07:00 ET from The DAVE School

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Saham Ali, IT Director of the Digital Arts and Visual Effects (DAVE) School, was recently inducted as a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), the entertainment industry's premier organization representing visual effects practitioners worldwide. This includes artists, technologists, model makers, educators and studio executives.

Ali's career spans over a decade and includes credits as a visual effects artist in TV series like "Hawaii Five-0" and "Captain Scarlett", a British show that took him to London for a year. He is a 2002 graduate of the DAVE School, located on the backlot of Universal Studios. His work can also be seen in "Undercovers", "The Return of Pink 5", "Star Trek: New Voyages", "A Christmas Village" and "Red Tails" for Lucasfilm. Most recently, Ali completed work on Kevin Smith's "Tusk". He also collaborated on the first 20-minute, 3D building projection for "Mickey's Spooktacular Celebration" at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Ali has worked at his alma mater for more than 10 years. He is responsible for directing the inner workings of technology behind CG. Additionally, he is a regular lecturer on 3-D printing/3-D IO Technologies and its many applications on film production.

"It is an honor to have been selected as a member of VES," Ali said. "It is a great way to mingle with industry peers from all over the world while having an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the hard work of my colleagues."

DAVE School Executive Director, David Penn, said Ali's accomplishments are a testament to the caliber of professionals the school develops and nurtures.

"We have trained entertainment industry 3D artists for 15 years," Penn said. "Our programs are designed to get you into the entertainment industry quickly with the skills you need to launch your career. Mr. Ali is a clear example of the quality of professionals we develop and nurture. His in-depth knowledge of IT systems, animation and VFX is indispensable in this demanding industry."

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the VES hosts an annual gala that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. The society's 3,000 members in 33 countries worldwide review works in multiple categories and vote to select winners.

"We strive to recognize artistry and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world who are telling amazing stories," Ali said.  "The VES Awards is the only forum where this remarkable work is showcased and honored."

Registration for the DAVE School is now open for classes starting in January and February of 2016. For information visit www.daveschool.com or call 1-855-328-3839.

About The DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects): The DAVE School, located on the backlot of Universal Studios Florida in Sound Stage 25, includes a 35,000-square-foot facility that offers three labs, a shooting stage with a 65' x 25' green screen and a motion capture system. The DAVE School, which offers comprehensive training in 3D modeling and animation, motion graphics creation and stereoscopic 3D visual effects production, places graduates in the visual effects and gaming industries. The DAVE School is a division of Florida Technical College, an EduK Group institution. For more information, go to www.daveschool.com.

Contact: Jodie Beckstine