PLUG: World Premiere & Gallery Show


Join us for a special event celebrating the world premiere of concept artist David Levy’s new short film, PLUG. Catch the premiere of the film starting at 7:00 pm, followed by a special presentation covering the making of the film with David Levy (Director, PLUG), Ben Procter (Production Designer, Ender’s Game, Avatar), Dylan Cole (Production Designer, Maleficent, Avatar) and Fausto de Martini (Blizzard Cinematics, Robocop, Transformers).

After the presentation visit the Gnomon Gallery for a sneak-peek at a variety of production artwork from PLUG, including concept art, props and more.

Visit the PLUG website for more details and to RSVP.

Post-Apocalyptic Costume Contest

Show up in your best post-apocalyptic outfit for a chance to win prizes, including t-shirts, hoodies, original artwork and autographed prints!

The Making of Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Making of Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Making of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sat. Oct. 11th

Join Gnomon and Industrial Light & Magic’s Sheldon Serrao for a special behind-the-scenes presentation ofTransformers: Age of Extinction. Serrao, the Special Effects Technical Director on Transformers, will cover a variety of disciplines including concept design, previsualization, motion capture, animation, effects, destruction, among others. Not only will audiences experience an in-depth examination of the technical implementation ofTransformers’ effects and destruction sequences, they will get the inside scoop on efficient tips and tricks. The presentation will finish with career advice for students entering the visual effects industry.

Seating is first-come, first-served, so please arrive early for the best seats!

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Presentation
Gnomon School of Visual Effects
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
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Special Guests


Sheldon Serrao
FX Technical Director at Industrial Light & MagicSheldon Serrao has been working in the visual effects industry for the past six years. He started as an intern at Pixar and Disney and is currently working at Industrial Light and Magic as an FX technical director. His past experiences also include working at PDI/Dreamworks, Weta and Sony as an FX technical director.Sheldon has worked in both animated and live action feature productions including Madagascar 2, How to Train your Dragon, Megamind, The Adventures of Tin Tin, The Avengers and recently Pacific Rim, Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Sheldon has a strong programming background and is fluent in C++ and Python. He also knows various 3D applications including Maya and Houdini. Given these strong fundamentals, Sheldon plays a vital role as an FX TD in delivering effects elements including fire, smoke, and explosions to supplement background plates, be them live action or completely 3D. Sheldon also has experience in running destruction and rigid body dynamics for shots. Sheldon has been a key contributor to the FX department at ILM by mentoring new hires and by providing educational media covering various FX/destruction topics. He is also involved in writing and developing new tools and scripts that help fellow FX TDs be productive in their work.

Autodesk User Group Meeting

Autodesk User Group Meeting, Thursday, September 11th

Autodesk User Group Meeting, Thursday, September 11th

Please join RFX, Autodesk and Gnomon on Thursday, September 11th for the Fall 2014 Autodesk User Group Meeting!

Autodesk: 2015 Releases & Extensions

Autodesk will be detailing a slew of product updates, including extension releases, new products, and a glimpse into future tech. Product specialists Marcel de Jong will be on hand to answer all your questions and demonstrate the latest developments in Maya, such as Bifrost, new/updated modeling tools, bullet simulation and XGen. ReCap, Sketchbook and more will also be featured.


ZEUS Virtual Production

The folks from Zoic have created a set of iOS Apps to assist in virtual production. ZEUS:Track can generate and track live action camera moves in real-time and export the associated point cloud and camera orientation to a Collada file. ZEUS:Scout assists in planning via enabling filmmakers to travel through a “virtual set”.


Paul Ozzimo, Concept Artist

Paul Ozzimo will be dropping by to explain his 3ds Max workflow for creating concept illustrations for feature films.

Autodesk User Group Meeting, Thursday, September 11th


Food & drink will be served, so plan to come early & stay late to get your fill of networking & refreshments!


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Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:30 – 7:30: Meet & Greet
7:30 – 9:30: Presentations
9:30 – 10:00: Discussion


Gnomon School of Visual Effects – Stage
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038
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Gnomon Workshop Live, Sept. 27th–28th

Announcing Gnomon Workshop Live, Sept. 27th–28th




September 27th–28th, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10 Artists, 2 Days, Unlimited Inspiration. Join us for a Weekend of Demos and Talks from Some of the Top Artists of the Entertainment Industry.

Gnomon Workshop Live is a special two-day event showcasing some of the top professionals and emerging talent in the entertainment industry. See presentations and demos by highly accomplished artists who will take you inside their own personal projects and processes. This event provides a rare opportunity to meet the artists, learn from their experiences and discuss issues important to the entertainment industry.

These artists have worked on some of the biggest movies and games, including Guardians of the GalaxyThe Avengers: Age of UltronCaptain America: The Winter SoldierThe Last of UsUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception,Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndThor: The Dark WorldGears of War: JudgementThe Amazing Spider-ManAlice in Wonderland, and Iron Man 3.

Check out the official site for more details!

The Making of Maleficent


Join Gnomon, Director Robert Stromberg and Concept Artist Dylan Cole for a special behind-the-scenes look at the visual effects for Disney’s recent live-action blockbuster Maleficent. Robert and Dylan will share their experience re-imagining Sleeping Beauty for contemporary audiences, and their process for developing the look of the film, from their earliest pitches to final matte paintings.

Seating is first-come, first-served, so please arrive early for the best seats!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Meet and Greet
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Presentation
Gnomon School of Visual Effects
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038
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Artwork by Dylan Cole:





Special Guests

Robert StrombergRobert Stromberg 
DirectorAs a visual effects artist and production designer, Stromberg has worked with Hollywood’s top directors including Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, Peter Weir, James Mangold, Rob Marshall, Tim Burton, James Cameron and Sam Raimi. Stromberg won back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Art Direction for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland and Emmy Awards for his visual effects supervision on Boardwalk EmpireJohn Adams and the Star Trek television series. He recently completed his directorial debut,Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, for Disney.





Dylan Cole

Dylan Cole 
Production Designer, Concept Artist and Matte PainterProduction designer, concept artist and matte painter, Cole has contributed art to over fifty films including AvatarAlice in WonderlandLord of the Rings: Return of the KingTron: LegacyTransformers: Dark of the MoonJourney 2: The Mysterious Island and Oz: The Great and Powerful. Dylan also wrote and illustrated the children’s book, The Otherworldy Adventures of Tyler Washburn, which is being developed for screen by Hydra Entertainment. He was recently the Co-Production Designer for Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, and is currently the Co-Production Designer for Avatar 2Avatar 3 andAvatar 4.