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Two MICA Alumni Contribute to Emmy Award-Winning Projects

Alumni Credit MICA for Providing Them with Imperative Skills and Foundation

Posted 11.01.12 by mica communications

Carlos Florez '07 (graphic design) moments after unwrapping his Emmy Award.

I. Javier Ameijeiras '05 (illustration) and Carlos Florez '06 (graphic design) both contributed to projects that were winners at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Ameijeiras said he was taken back when he found out a project he worked on as assistant art director, the opening titles of HBO's Bored to Death, won an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Main Title Design.

Watch the opening credits of Bored to Death:

"I did not find out until almost a year later when I was congratulated by a designer," he said. "I was caught off guard and had to go online to confirm it."

Like Ameijeiras, Florez was pleasantly surprised when he learned the series he'd been collaborating on as a production  designer, NBC's Sunday Night Football, had won an Emmy in the category of Production Design/Art Direction.

"It was my first Emmy," Florez said. "I'm extremely grateful for that experience and to have been able to work with such a highly talented group of artists."

Since studying at MICA, Ameijeiras has worked on 19 films and 11 television shows. In that time, he has contributed to two Emmy-winning art departments and three Oscar-nominated films. Florez owns his own studio, REZLAB, where he has been writing, directing, and producing short films that have won awards at several film festivals around the world.

"MICA gave me time and a foundation to better my skills, and the Student Activities and Admissions Offices taught me the business skills I need to thrive as an entrepreneur," Ameijeiras said.

Florez said MICA provided him with tools that assisted him in starting his career, and he credits faculty members such as former co-chair of design, Bernard Canniffe, and his typography professor, Jennifer Cole Phillips, as inspiration.

Watch Carlos Florez Talk about how MICA prepared him to be a director:

"MICA taught us to free our minds and gave us the technical skills to help us realize those ideas, but the biggest teaching was to encourage us to keep learning. Problem solving is the most invaluable thing I've learned from MICA," he said. "This is the best teaching a university can give a student, and I think this is what separates MICA from the hundreds of colleges in the country."