According to Maximilian Uriate, “As an artist, I felt an intense need to experience the world in order to give a kind of legitimacy to my art. It might sound strange, but ultimately I joined for the sake of my art.”
The war veteran / artist believes the ticket to a good job is a strong portfolio and a personable attitude. He already had the latter when he enrolled at CCA, but he acquired the skills while here that helped build his portfolio.
He says, "I value the skills I learned at CCA more than the degree itself. As a practitioner of the arts, having the tools I need to create is more important to me than any job.
"CCA gave me the tools I needed to succeed in the form of learned skills, which I practice every day in my professional work."
- Military consultant on Fox's Enlisted at the request of the show's creator, Kevin Beigel. (He also threw jokes at the script writers in the writers’ room.)
- Worked as a storyboard artist with director David Ayer to visualize the live action film Sabotage from its screenplay.
- Created the military's largest modern comic strip, Terminal Lance, which focuses a keen eye on the daily life of an average Marine infantryman.
- Terminal Lance opened the door for open social discourse on the military lifestyle, amassing over 250,000 fans on Facebook with roughly 100,000 daily page views on the site.
- Authored The White Donkey, a 200-page graphic novel project under the Terminal Lance name that addresses PTSD and suicide rates amongst war veterans as well as explores the existential crisis of going to war. (More than $150,000 was raised on KickStarter to produce and print the book.)
Maximilian credits CCA Animation faculty member (and Oscar winner!) Mark Andrews (Pixar) -- his storyboarding class in particular -- for teaching him "more about cinema listening to his rants than I did in any other class I can think of."
He credits Andrews's notes on story arcs, character development, and conflict and resolution as resonating with everything he does today.