We have heard from a few ETC alumni letting us know of their recent ventures. Here are a few notes we had in the past few weeks:
From Chaithanya Kamath (CK), class of 2010
The company I work for http://www.wooga.com/ has released it's second game on iOS called Bubble Island.
Download it on your iPhone4/5, iPads: https://itunes.apple.com/app/bubble-island/id531354582?mt=8
I had the pleasure of leading this project so do try it out and leave a great review if you enjoyed playing it :)
From Andrew Hosmer, class of 2006
I wanted to let you all know about a new company I have started named Gold Spike Studio.
I have been doing freelance special effects, props, and various other projects since 1997. I first became involved with the ETC when I was included in the first Interbots project Quasi 1. A year later I built Quasi 2 (in the lobby at the ETC) with an amazing group of ETCers.
I currently teach Entertainment Design and Industrial Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Medical Simulation at the University of Pittsburgh, am part owner at Interbots, and my wife and I create boutique baby accessories for parents and the kiddies (coconut robot)
SO, what is Gold Spike Studio? First of all, the name was inspired by our late mentor Randy Pausch. Randy would refer to our project deadlines as a "Gold Spike". Basically, a marker defining the project as a success and then remaining time to address bugs a tweaks. Randy was such an inspiration to me and I wanted to pay a small homage to his memory.
I have found that my past projects and experiences have now grown into more collaborative endeavors. Through my contacts here at the ETC as well as many other industries I have been able to connect different groups together to create projects larger than the sum of their parts. It is my joy to be able to join these efforts!
Historically,The Gold Spike was used as a symbol of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Gold Spike marked the union of Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. I see my role at Gold Spike Studio as the same.
What will Gold Spike Studio be doing? This is where you all come in. Over the years I have had the pleasure to be a fellow student and now alumni with you all. We all have gone to different ends of the earth and are creating amazing projects. I am hoping to extend my services to each and every one of you all in bringing your designs to life. My experience in fabrication and Digital modeling might be just what you or your company my need for your work space, trade show, ...living room? you get the idea!
I will be formalizing the Gold Spike Studio website asap. Please let me know in this thread if you think I could help out in any way. Maybe run it by your coworker or bosses at your respective studios. I will be sure to assist in any way possible even if it means connecting you with others.
Thank all. You are are the BEST!
Ok, so Andrew Gardner didn't send a message informing us of this information, but worth mentioning none-the-less. As of November 6, 2012, Wreck-It Ralph has grossed $56,750,657 in North America, and $12,000,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $63,750,657 Isn't it fitting that the 3D computer-animated comedy film about video game characters was worked on by an ETC Alum? Andrew Gartner ('11) is in the film credits. So if you haven't yet seen the film, make sure you stay to the end, not only to see a final shot of the Disney title card, that"glitches" and you're able to see the 8-bit versions of Ralph, Calhoun, and others walking around, but Andrew's name!