An Evening with ZERO VFX: The Art of Invisible Visual Effects

Join us on Wednesday, April 6th, at 7:30 PM, for an evening with ZERO VFX, the Boston- and Los Angeles-based company that prides itself on delivering visual effects that have the power to trick even highly trained eyes. Though the extravagant beasts and impressive spacecraft of blockbuster movies may regularly steal the spotlight, there is an inspiring – and often overlooked – art to crafting visual effects that no one is ever meant to notice. In this presentation at Gnomon by ZERO’s VFX supervisor,Rob Nederhorst, you will take a leap into the hidden world of unseen visual effects. From set extensions to changing entire seasons, he’ll talk you through the incredibly complex and meticulous work required for creating “invisible” VFX. With notable examples from Black Mass, Southpaw, The Equalizer andHardcore Henry, you’ll learn the methodologies and challenges involved.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP today. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you can’t make it to Hollywood, be sure to follow Gnomon on Livestream to tune in online. Questions can be pitched to the speakers on Twitter during the live event using #gnomon.


7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: The Art of Invisible Visual Effects by Rob Nederhorst
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Audience Questions


Guest Speakers

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Rob Nederhorst
VFX Supervisor, ZERO VFX

Robert Nederhorst has over 18 years of experience with live-action visual effects. He has worked on over 20 feature films and dozens of commercial projects. Before helping to open the doors to Zero VFX in Venice, he helped multiple studios set up in Los Angeles. Rob has a passion for the art and the science of visual effects, having not only supervised large and small shows but also developed pipelines along the way to ensure consistency and high quality. His favorite drink is a Caipirinha.

Filmmaking and Directing: A Discussion with Loic Zimmermann & Louie Tucci

Filmmaking and Directing: A Discussion with Loic Zimmermann & Louie Tucci

Join us on Thursday, March 24th, for a screening of and discussion about Granular, a short film directed by Loic Zimmermann. Granular is an intense noir picture, based on a poem by the film’s protagonist,Louie Tucci, which documents a lucid dream experience shared between several characters. Created as a personal project around the demands of a full-time job in VFX production, everything from scheduling talent, the script, the shoot, editing, handling the voiceover, working with new cameras and lenses, had to be tackled skillfully and efficiently. The conversation will go into the details of filming and directing independent movies and discuss the importance of taking a leap of faith to create work that is personally fulfilling, as well as how to organize life in a way that allows time to dedicate to personal work. Loic’s extensive background in 3D, concept art, photography, art direction, and VFX supervision, plays an essential part in the creation of his beautiful films. The event will also include a preview of a new film that Loic is working on in his free time.

The screening is free and open to the public. RSVP today. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Loic will be available for book and print signings at the end of the event. If you can’t make it to Hollywood, be sure to follow Gnomon on Livestream to tune in online. Questions can be pitched to the speakers on Twitter during the live event using #gnomon.


8:00 PM – 9:00 PM:Granular Screening Plus Conversation With Loic Zimmermann and Louie Tucci
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Audience Questions


Guest Speakers:

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Loic Zimmermann
Filmmaker, Director, and Visual Artist

Loic Zimmermann is a French filmmaker and visual artist working and living in Los Angeles. He’s spent the last eight years working as a VFX Supervisor for Luma Pictures for blockbusters including Ant-Man, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as films such as True Grit, A Serious Man, and Prisoners. Loic recently directed two 40-minute documentaries, Gamma Wray, and A Solitary Mann, and has directed several music videos and short films. He is currently in the pre-production stage of several new projects.


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Louie Tucci
Artist and Teacher

Louie Tucci is a Canadian-born artist and teacher based in Los Angeles. His teaching engagements have included positions at Gnomon, the Art Directors Guild, and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Louie has worked professionally with 3D Systems and spent several years as the face of ZBrush in his role as Brand Manager for Pixologic Inc. Louie was Technical Editor for Introducing ZBrush 3rd Edition by author Eric Keller and delivers keynote presentations and digital sculpting workshops at industry-leading events.

An Evening with Grzegorz Jonkajtys: Combining CG Animation & Miniature Sets


Join us for an evening with the award-winning Filmmaker, Animator and VFX Artist, Grzegorz Jonkajtys. As well as working as a Senior Artist at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), where he’s contributed to The Revenant and Warcraft, Grzegorz is developing The Fourth Horseman with Intrepid Pictures, plus a feature film based on the stop-motion 70s Polish TV series, Teddy Floppy Ear.

An Evening with Grzegorz Jonkajtys is an opportunity to learn a host of techniques from an esteemed artist and director with over 15 years of experience. The presentation will focus on how he created a four-minute test short for Teddy Floppy Ear using a combination of live-action, miniature backgrounds, and CG characters. The same technique was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and won the prestigious SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater Best of Show Award in the same year for Grzegorz’s short film, ARK. The event will include behind-the-scenes insights, techniques, video material from live-action shoots, plus more. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions – both live in the Gnomon stage and on Twitter.

For a fascinating insight into how a mixed media film project comes to life, and to meet the artist in person, RSVP now. The event is free and open to the public. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. If you can’t make it to Hollywood, be sure to follow Gnomon on Livestream to watch the full event around the world.


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Combining CG Characters, Miniatures & Live Action
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Audience Questions

Guest Speakers

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Grzegorz JonkajtysFilmmaker, Animator, and VFX Artist

Grzegorz Jonkajtys’ career has spanned Poland (Platige Image) and the United States (Digital Kitchen, CafeFX, Syndicate, Industrial Light & Magic). He has worked as a VFX Artist and Lead Animator on such films as Sin City, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Mist,Rango, Pacific Rim, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Warcraft, and The Revenant, among many others. Grzegorz is most noted for writing and directing his second short film,ARK. In 2010, Grzegorz completed work on The 3rd Letter, a live-action dystopian drama starring Rodrigo Lopresti. The 3rd Letter received the Best Director prize at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2010, the Best of Show Jury Award at Nevada City Film Festival, and the Best Short Award at Los Angeles New Wave Film Festival in 2011.

Women in Digital Production: Careers & Industry Insights


Join us on International Women’s Day – Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 – for an inspiring event hosted in collaboration with the Women in Animation Group. The event brings together a panel of successful women working in the digital production industry in Los Angeles, and will be moderated by the award-winning journalist Carolyn Giardina, Contributing Editor at The Hollywood Reporter. The evening’s discussions will celebrate achievements, foster connections, and support women considering a career in digital production for entertainment. The panel will include speakers from Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Duncan Studio, Naughty Dog, Nickelodeon, and The Mill.

The event is free and open to the public. Join us, and help to inspire more women to consider careers in the industry. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. If you can’t make it to Hollywood, be sure to follow Gnomon on Livestream to watch the full event for free from anywhere in the world.


7:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Women in Animation Presentation plus Q&A
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Panel Discussion Hosted by Carolyn Giardina
9:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Audience Questions

Guest Speakers

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Melissa Altobello
Environment Texture and Shader Artist at Naughty Dog

For more than seven years Melissa has been working at Naughty Dog on award-winning games including Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Last of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan in 2005 before completing the full-time program at Gnomon in 2008. When she’s not plugging away at the next big thing from Naughty Dog, you’ll find her getting bruised-up playing roller derby or competitive dodgeball.

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Leticia Kao
Texture Artist at Nickelodeon

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Leticia Jones (Kao) is currently working as a Texture Artist for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. She began her studies at the Melies School of Cinema and Animation in Brazil in 2008, and continued at Gnomon in 2010. She has won multiple awards for her outstanding work, including the People’s Choice CG Student Awards of 2014.

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Lorin Pillai
Lead Texture Artist at DreamWorks Animation

After five years of running a successful interior design and mural business, Lorin decided to switch careers and went back to school, at Gnomon. Her focus was on real-time environments and cinematics for games. After completing studies at Gnomon she worked on films, commercials, and several games as an Environment Artist. She then made a move to animation, and is now Lead Texture Artist on Dinotrux.

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Krystal Sae Eua
Modeling and Texture Lead at The Mill

Krystal has been working in the visual effects industry for more than nine years. She has worked on almost 30 films, including Avatar, The Avengers, 2012, Fast and Furious, andBreaking Dawn: Part 2. She is a graduate from Gnomon’s full-time program, and she currently works at The Mill in Los Angeles as a Modeling and Texturing Lead on high-end commercials and video game cinematics.

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Brooke Shay
Animator at Duncan Studio

Brooke has animated on feature films at studios such as Reel FX, Duncan Studio, and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Prior to focusing on films, Brooke worked on several commercial projects at Psyop. In 2012, she founded the L.A. Character Animator Social Critiques group, which is focused on providing peer-to-peer feedback to animators. She is currently working at Duncan Studio on The Nut Job 2.

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Diana J. Zeng
Lighting and Compositing Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios

Diana is currently working as a Lighting Supervisor on Walt Disney Animation Studio’sZootopia. Over the past five years, she has contributed to four feature films at Disney as a Lighting, Compositing and Look Development Artist. In addition to working in CG, she also has a diverse background in theater, live action film, and television. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and rock climbing.

Developing Mythical Character Concepts in ZBrush – Demo and Q&A

Join us on Thursday, March 3rd, at 7:30 pm for an evening with Jared Krichevsky, Character and Creature Artist from The Aaron Sims Company. Six years of experience working at the Los Angeles-based design and visual effects studio have offered Jared the opportunity to craft all manner of creatures and characters to satisfy a range of challenging briefs. His credits include Wonder Woman,Underworld 5, Pete’s Dragon, Independence Day: Resurgence, and many more films currently in production. Jared will share insight into a selection of his personal and professional works, including concepts recently designed for Gods of Egypt. As well as discussing his role in the design process for films and revealing how he utilizes ZBrush to craft movie-quality concepts, he will also give a live demo to display his techniques in action. His showpiece will be a unique interpretation of a mythological god. “I always look forward to talking with students and ZBrush fanatics alike, but I’m most excited to be up on the Gnomon stage; it’s a great honor,” Jared says.

The event is free and open to the public. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. To watch the full event online, follow Gnomon on Livestream. Online viewers can pitch questions to Jared live on Twitter using #gnomon.


7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Designing Characters and Creatures for Gods of Egypt
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Live ZBrush Demo: How to Design a Mythological God
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Audience Questions

Guest Speakers

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Jared Krichevsky
Character and Creature Artist at The Aaron Sims Company

Jared Krichevsky is a Gnomon Alumnus of the full-time certificate program, who graduated in 2010. Before studying at Gnomon, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Fine Arts at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Upon completing the Gnomon program, Jared started a position at The Aaron Sims Company as a Character and Creature Artist, where he continues to work today. His film credits include Noah, I, Frankenstein, Maleficent, The Wolverine, Jupiter Ascending, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and more recently, Krampus. Jared is a ZBrush instructor at Gnomon, teaching creature modeling and sculpting. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs.