The students at MDC’s acclaimed Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) are attracting notice from entertainment industry heavyweights. This year Nickelodeon will broadcast two animation shorts created by MDC students, with worldwide release scheduled for 2018. Levitate by Sofia Raffo and Dine & Dash by Laquisha Campos were mentored by Nickelodeon, while a third film, New World Order by Jonathan Fernandez, was produced in partnership with 20th Century Fox Animation. The three students were handpicked by studio executives and professionals based on the story originality of their projects, production feasibility and potential for commercial success. Both Nickelodeon and Fox mentored their chosen projects from start to finish and supervised the production and development of the animated shorts. MAGIC incorporates the animation and gaming industry into its cutting- edge curriculum, encouraging students to cater content to real-world audiences. “The students set their goals for a higher level because the curriculum is asking and expecting them to create and produce a product, not a school project,” said MAGIC Chair Mauricio Ferrazza. Discovery Communications also descended upon MAGIC in its search for young talent. The company awarded scholarships and summer internships to game development students William Tang and Richard Bailey, who worked at the studio’s Miami office. Students from among the class of 2017, MAGIC’s first graduating class, have earned internships and jobs at major companies that include Univision Communications, SkyRise Miami and Spinteractive. ![Students Kristen Molina, Sofia Raffo, Laquisha Campos and Jonathan Fernandez (front row) with MAGIC chair Mauricio Ferrazza (second from left, back row) and executives from Viacom.]
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