Sandeep Bedadala likes newness. The 23-year-old MA in DAS student gets inspiration from new sounds, new visuals, new color palettes, new stories. And the list goes on. Bedadala joined Digital Worlds with an interest in production jobs, like animation and videography, but after his first year here, he realized he has a passion for applied research. The Sri Krishnadevaraya University alumna previously studied electrical engineering and now hopes to work for a non-profit or media organization that leverages technology to tell impactful stories. When he’s not working on using data to analyze and visualize storytelling, the self-proclaimed travel and music nerd is planning his next trip, spending time in Plaza of the Americas and curating a travel playlist.
You Mo finds inspiration everywhere -- from movies, cartoons and the culture of her home country. The 23-year-old received her bachelor's degree in digital media technology from Northeastern University in Shenyang, China. At Digital Worlds, she is pursuing her MA in DAS degree because it offers a promising prospect in a new media era. Mo believes Digital Worlds students have the opportunity to put their skills into practice through real-world projects. After she graduates, Mo hopes to work in front-end development, UI design and 3D technics. She also likes traveling, and her favorite place is Magic Kingdom at Disney World. In Gainesville, she's a fan of Yummy House.
Santosh Vemula draws inspiration from people who bring viewers into a world of imagination through storytelling. The MA in DAS student hopes to pursue a career in the video game industry, while still maintaining his passion for making films. His goal is to express his thoughts visually, which is why he joined the Digital Worlds team. When Vemula, who graduated with a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering from MVSR Engineering College in Hyderabad, India. When Vemula isn’t working, he’s writing stories for his short movies. And he’s always in search of the best French fries.
Shan Yan is obsessed with films and beautiful graphic design. She thinks digital arts is useful and applicable to multiple fields. The 24-year-old MA in DAS student hopes to apply her passion for compelling design in the workplace at a game-design company, or to relevant and interesting research. Yan has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and television journalism from Liaoning University in Shenyang, China, and she is currently conducting research related to game design and game-based learning at UF. When she’s not working at Digital Worlds, Yan is traveling, taking photos, exercising and eating at her favorite Gainesville restaurant, Yummy House.
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.