Matt Ebling was a Florida State Seminole. Now he’s a Gator. The MA in DAS student started UF this year. After graduating from FSU with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Ebling moved to New York City. He started off working as a voice actor and transitioned to working for a small video-game startup. Ebling has always been interested in illustration and design, and he wants to develop those skills in the digital setting. It’s an up-and-coming field, which he finds exciting. In today’s digital, information age, Ebling thinks there are more varied opportunities for self expression than what would have been traditionally taught. While at Digital Worlds, Ebling hopes to understand how to give some kind of composition to an interactive, artistic medium, like a videogame. Whereas statues and paintings are seen from one angle, gaming users are able to manipulate scenes and shift their perspective. When he’s not at Digital Worlds, you can find Ebling kickboxing, reading and spending time at the beach.
The ability to create, express and inspire fuels Thomas Flad’s desire to pursue a digital arts degree. The 24-year-old Saint Petersburg native hopes to focus his degree on the production and potential of video games and music as effective storytelling mediums. He loves that Digital Worlds is multidisciplinary and has a supportive community of students and staff. Flad is a UF advertising alumnus. After he graduates with his master’s degree, he hopes to produce and perform music and other art either as self-sustaining works, or as distinct components within larger multimedia productions. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing video games, reading comics, watching movies and making music. He also likes to spend time in downtown Gainesville at Barcade and The Midnight, and enjoys visiting Devil’s Millhopper and the bat houses on campus.