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Student Portfolio Review with Nickelodeon & First Contact Entertainment Games

October 28, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What is a portfolio review

Having a portfolio review means getting a professional’s opinion on your work. You get your chance to have talented industry professionals look at your portfolios or projects and give invaluable feedback on where you might improve, and advice on what to look at next. Featuring industry professionals across a variety of different roles, the one-to-one portfolio reviews will last approximately 15 minutes, giving you an opportunity to speak with artists, programmers, recruiters and more to discuss your career path and future aspirations. Nickelodeon and First Contact Entertainment will join us as our guests for portfolio review on Friday, October 28th at MAGIC.

Our industry guests

Bill Buckley / Character Director – Oversees all Animation, Character Art and Weapon Art Development at First Contact Entertainment

Bill Buckley has been working as a developer in the video game industry since 2005. His roles have included Senior Animator, Story Artist, Writer, Digital Cinematographer, Concept Artist and currently, Animation Director with First Contact Entertainment. He has worked on popular titles for companies such as THQ, Disney Interactive, Limbic, SCEA, Activision (Neversoft and Infinity Ward) and StarBreeze. His resume includes major titles such as Tony Hawk Proving Ground, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw, NBA 2007, Disney’s Club Penguin, eight Guitar Hero titles, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, John Wick The Impossible Task in VR, ROM Extraction, Firewall Zero Hour and most currently SOLARIS OFFWORLD COMBAT. Bill is also a lecturer, mentor and teacher of animation and game development both domestic and abroad.

Conrad Montgomery / Vice President, Current Animation, Nickelodeon

Due to last minute engagements in Los Angeles, CA; Mr. Montgomery will be unable to attend portfolio review on Friday, Oct. 28th at MAGIC. He will participate as an industry guest juror at the Miami Halloween Hackathon on Saturday, Oct. 29th as scheduled.

Experienced senior executive with a wide creative network and a demonstrated history of success working in the entertainment industry. Strong creative professional skilled in animation development and production for series, various content formats across new media platforms, complemented by a background founded in live-action television and feature film. Conrad sets the tone for all creative content and is responsible for production content for current series at Nickelodeon. He serves as liaison between teams spanning the country and oversees entire productions, from idea to delivery, pushing through digital, linear television, social media, and public relations. Conrad was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and always wanted to be behind the scenes of the entertainment industry. He received a BA in Cinema and Television Arts and Business Administration from CSU, Northridge, and began his career as a freelance associate segment producer for Good Morning America. He became Creative Executive with Lions Gate Films on “Monster’s Ball.” His work has won both Oscar and Emmy awards. His success can be attributed to passion, drive, education, faith, and goal-setting. Conrad volunteers with the City Light Church in Los Angeles and is a supporter of Women in Animation.

How to attend and prepare

To attend this event, you must be a student currently enrolled in the MAGIC program, just come in-person on Friday, October 28th from 1pm – 5pm and make sure to sign in to get in the queue. This is a first come first serve event. Make sure to bring a link to your work along so it can be reviewed digitally. We will be offering a Digital Portfolio Workshop at MAGIC on September 9th at 11 am, if you’d like to learn how to crate your digital portfolio.

Times for the event may change, please check back to confirm the event, place and times prior to attending. This event is for MAGIC students only.



October 28, 2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Miami, FL 33132 United States
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