"Behind the Scenes" Saturday Alumni Roundtable Series
June 23, 2018
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. ET
Career Development Department • Building 110, 2nd Floor
Career Development Presents –
A Conversation with Grant Shonkwiler, Leslie Brathwaite, Colin Leonard & Jack Geckler
2008 Game Development
Grant Shonkwiler landed his first position in the video game industry immediately after graduation when he joined up with AMI Entertainment/MegaTouch Games as a game programmer. Soon after his start he moved up to lead designer; after three years with the company, he had shipped well over 50 titles. In 2011, Grant joined id Software, first as a technical producer on the multiplayer team for Rage, and then as a producer on the AI, combat, character and narrative teams for the Doom franchise. He next went on to Epic Games, contributing to the Fortnite and Battle Breakers projects. Today, Grant has his own production consulting company, Shonkventures, and has founded the Game Developers Foundation, helping those interested in getting into the video game industry.
1992 Recording Arts
With nearly two decades of experience and multiple GRAMMY awards under his belt, mix engineer Leslie Brathwaite has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in music, including Jay Z, TLC, Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Outkast, and more. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.
1998 Recording Arts
Colin Leonard is Cheif Mastering Engineer at SING Mastering. His credits include: Alessia Cara, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Migos, Bryson Tiller, Echosmith, Kygo, Leona Lewis, Mastodon, Kimbra and Gucci Mane to name a few. Sales of albums and singles sold in the US with Colin Leonard listed in the credits as a mastering engineer total over 100 million.
Crowd TD / Previs Artist / Animator
2000 Computer Animation
From feature films, to advertising, to video games, Jack Geckler’s talents have played a role in some of the entertainment world’s most striking visuals. Currently at Lightstorm Entertainment, he has worked at other notable studios such as Luma Pictures and Digital Domain. His animation talents can be seen on films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, How to Train Your Dragon, Power Rangers, and upcoming releases like Thor: Ragnarok and Ready Player One. Jack has also worked on video games including Madden NFL 17, WWE Smackdown vs. RAW, 50 Cent Bulletproof, and Fight Club, and commercial spots for Toyota, Lexus, Dodge, Propel, Nintendo, and Corona.