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Giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity: Gnomon School’s events cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists ev­ery­where to grow their skillsets – for free!

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Giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity: Gnomon School’s events cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists ev­ery­where to grow their skillsets – for free

When we hear the word ‘Gnomon’, we will most likely im­me­di­ately think: ‘Ed­u­ca­tion’. Whether this as­so­ci­a­tion comes to us from the in­ter­na­tion­ally famed, award-win­ning school in Hol­ly­wood, or from our trust of the on­line train­ing plat­form from Gnomon School’s sis­ter com­pany, The Gnomon Work­shop, the com­mon fac­tor is in­dus­trylead­ing in­struc­tion.

Serv­ing Hol­ly­wood and beyond

Hailed as “the MIT of vis­ual ef­fects” by

Fast Com­pany mag­a­zine, Gnomon School of Vis­ual Ef­fects of­fers an un­ri­valled ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents look­ing to work in films and games, and boasts a 2016 em­ploy­ment rate of 100% and 93% for its vo­ca­tional pro­grammes. Add to this a new BFA de­gree in Dig­i­tal Pro­duc­tion that launched this year, and it’s clear to see that Gnomon School is step­ping up its game and tak­ing im­pres­sive strides to ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of dig­i­tal artists with even greater op­por­tu­ni­ties than ever before.

While study­ing in Hol­ly­wood may not be fea­si­ble for ev­ery­one, one of the things that makes Gnomon School dif­fer­ent is its ef­forts to build and main­tain a global com­mu­nity through an ex­cep­tional pro­gramme of Gnomon events that are avail­able to ev­ery­one – for free! For those lo­cal to the school’s cam­pus, they can meet su­per­stars from stu­dios like Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion, Riot Games, In­dus­trial Light and Magic, as well as art leg­ends like Star Wars’ Iain Mc­caig, Stranger Things’ Aaron Sims, and ILM’S Paul Gi­a­coppo. What’s more: al­most all Gnomon events are streamed live through Gnomon’s Livestream chan­nel, and archived for fu­ture en­joy­ment. Again: this is free. Head to livestream.com/gnomon to check out the full col­lec­tion of past events and see what’s com­ing up next.

Power in num­bers

From mak­ing-of fea­tures show­cas­ing the lat­est VFX tech­niques of block­buster films and video games, to in­spir­ing panel dis­cus­sions with award-win­ning artists, Gnomon events have grown over the last cou­ple of years to a rate of at least two free pub­lic events per month – and some­times four or more. In 2016, Gnomon’s senior edi­tor and cre­ative con­tent man­ager, Lynette Clee, pro­duced – lead­ing a fear­less events team – more than 30 events through­out the year, with around 2,460 at­ten­dees vis­it­ing the Gnomon cam­pus within 12 months to watch the free events in per­son. Ad­di­tion­ally, Gnomon logged that events were viewed by over 183,500 unique view­ers on Livestream last year, with on­line watch­ers tun­ing in from all cor­ners of the globe. This im­pres­sive feat was the hand­i­work of Lynette, who before work­ing at Gnomon School spent nine years serv­ing

the dig­i­tal art com­mu­nity through her roles for 3dto­tal.com, 3dto­tal Pub­lish­ing, and 3D Artist mag­a­zine.

Lynette told us: “We’ve built a fan­tas­tic fol­low­ing through our events; we’ve worked with artists from many of the big­gest stu­dios in LA and beyond, and we’ve been hon­oured to host sev­eral os­car and Emmy Award win­ners at the Gnomon stage this year alone. We love meet­ing new artists from the lo­cal com­mu­nity every month – and by stream­ing our events on Livestream, we can also com­mu­ni­cate with view­ers all around the world, even while we’re pro­duc­ing the events live. Be­ing able to ex­tend our stage – which ac­com­mo­dates around 250 at­ten­dees – to lit­er­ally thou­sands of peo­ple across the globe, adds to the ex­cite­ment and en­ergy for the au­di­ence and speak­ers alike.”

The Livestream team have been im­pressed by Gnomon’s ef­forts, too: “From in-depth pan­els to artist work­shops, Gnomon [pro­vides] ex­clu­sive, high-qual­ity con­tent to their stu­dents, fac­ulty, and view­ers around the world,” said Carly Walsh, con­tent and so­cial me­dia man­ager at Livestream. “Gnomon makes it pos­si­ble for any­one in­ter­ested in com­puter graph­ics to learn from their favourite artists on their phone, com­puter, tablet, or smart TV apps.”

As fur­ther tes­ta­ment to Gnomon School’s event suc­cess of late, tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Lenovo joined forces with Gnomon this year as an event spon­sor. Lynette ex­plains: “In 2016, we helped com­pa­nies like Al­le­gorith­mic, NVIDIA, Foundry, Chaos Group, Form­labs, and Pixo­logic host cut­ting-edge events at Gnomon, and so we were thrilled when Lenovo came on board as an of­fi­cial spon­sor this year; we have such a tal­ented and tech­nol­ogy-hun­gry au­di­ence, which makes the part­ner­ship a great fit, and it’s ob­vi­ously a huge hon­our and com­pli­ment for us to have the sup­port of such a well­re­spected com­pany.”

Keep­ing it real

one of the keys be­hind Gnomon’s event suc­cess is the eclec­tic mix of artists and top­ics that Lynette cu­rates to reach artists of all gen­res, in­ter­ests, and skill lev­els. In fact, Gnomon’s event ar­chive reads like a who’s who of the film, game, and TV in­dus­tries! From Game of Thrones’ five-time Emmy Award VFX Producer, Steve Kull­back, to Blur Stu­dio owner and

Dead­pool di­rec­tor, Tim Miller, and dozens of game artists from the award-win­ning

“be­ing able to ex­tend our stage… to lit­er­ally thou­sands of peo­ple across the Globe adds to the ex­cite­ment” Lynette Clee, senior edi­tor and cre­ative con­tent man­ager, Gnomon School

naughty Dog stu­dio, events have spanned the mak­ing of Un­charted 4 and Zootopia, as well as live demos by artists that worked on

Won­der Woman and Star Trek Beyond, and dis­cus­sions with Spi­der-man video game leads and Kubo and the Two Strings’ VES Award win­ners.

A high­light of the Gnomon event cal­en­dar has to be the Anatomy Lab se­ries. This year’s Anatomy Lab: Styl­ized Crea­ture Design Work­shop event brought five tal­ented il­lus­tra­tors and 3D artists to the stage for an assem­bly of live sketch­ing, Pho­to­shop, and Zbrush demon­stra­tions, and of­fered at­ten­dees the chance to meet and sketch Boxer the ser­val be­tween ses­sions. What’s ex­tra spe­cial about these anatomy events is that they al­ways sur­prise by think­ing out­side of the box, bring­ing to­gether ex­perts in taxi­dermy and specialists from the nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum along­side pro­fes­sional an­i­mal han­dlers and dig­i­tal artists to help at­ten­dees truly grasp the im­por­tance of anatomy in their art. We can’t think of any other sim­i­lar free com­mu­nity events that com­pare to this.

a Lit­tle ex­tra

While Gnomon School pro­duces these events for the com­mu­nity at large, it’s the stu­dents at the cam­pus in Hol­ly­wood that ben­e­fit the great­est. Lynette says: “When­ever pos­si­ble, if we get the chance to bring rock stars from the likes of Dis­ney, ILM, Blur Stu­dio, and Bliz­zard En­ter­tain­ment, we al­ways, al­ways try our best to co­or­di­nate one-on-one time with our up­com­ing grad­u­ates and the vis­it­ing artists; this gives stu­dents a chance to get in­dus­try in­sights beyond those given at the event – and more im­por­tantly the chance to get port­fo­lio re­views by in­dus­try leg­ends!”

While study­ing at Gnomon may re­main a dream for most of us, we’re go­ing to con­tinue tun­ing in to the Livestream events; Gnomon School has very grace­fully al­lowed us all to be a part of its com­mu­nity, and we can’t wait to see what’s com­ing next.

Lynette Clee, senior edi­tor & cre­ative con­tent man­ager at Gnomon School of VFX, is pic­tured in­tro­duc­ing Joy Lea, one of the many tal­ented artists that have talked at Gnomon’s events.

op­po­site top: with Gnomon School based in the heart of Hol­ly­wood, stu­dios like aaron Sims Cre­ative – who worked on the net­flix se­ries, Stranger things – are close by for awe-in­spir­ing mak­ing-of events. op­po­site bot­tom left: where else can you find live an­i­mals, live sketch­ing, a live au­di­ence, and live stream­ing? Gnomon events brings ex­perts from a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries to talk along­side artists. op­po­site bot­tom right: as well as bring­ing top stu­dios to talk at the events, Gnomon School founder, alex al­varez, and other Gnomon in­struc­tors reg­u­larly take to the stage to of­fer free, in-depth work­shops. be­low: on top of work­shops and makingof events, reg­u­lar dis­cus­sion pan­els with award-win­ning artists make for great in­dus­try in­sights that you’ll rarely find else­where of the same qual­ity.

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