The Art of Entertainment
Gnomon Live Australia presented artists from Hollywood’s Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne for a weekend of live demos and masterclasses. The weekend also offered outdoor cinema screenings, insights from leading Australian studios, and the chance to meet up with local and international artists at the Shadow Electric Bar.
Gnomon Live Australia presented a first-class lineup of California-based artists who shared the strategic thinking and practices developed in some of the industry’s most highly regarded studios. Providing an international perspective the program offered the opportunity to learn new skills from artists who have contributed to Academy Award winning films, video games, commercials, television productions. Credits included Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo III, Call of Duty, Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain America, and Frozen, amongst many others. Encouraging participation, they shared their techniques, workflows and experiences working in teams of advanced practitioners and award-winning directors.
Demonstrating how they bring stories, characters, creatures and environments to life through a range of computer graphics programs, each explained how they achieve such an impressive level of detail in the ever-tight timelines demanded of artists in the industry. Covering a breadth of production areas such as matte painting, compositing, lighting, 3D modelling, texturing, character design, in-game cinematics and art direction. This was a unique opportunity to hone skills, and meet fellow artists from Australia and beyond. It was also a chance to hear from Australian studios about current projects, their studio culture, who they are employing and issues relevant to the Australian industry.
Inside the Australian Industry
Entertainment Artists in the Australian Screen Industry are creating internationally award winning work for major feature films, commercials, television, console and mobile games and new immersive multimedia experiences. Gnomon Live Australia also presented an opportunity to look inside some of Australia’s leading studio’s across these different industry sectors. It was a chance to see what they are up to, gain insight into how they work and discuss issues facing the Australian industry.
Giselle Rosman Leader of Melbourne’s Chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA), a passionate advocate for emerging developers joined Joy Lea, a serial gamer and 3D artist on The Battlefield series. Together they discussed how Joy has forged her career path and explored some of the challenges and opportunities for a young artist emerging in the industry.
What is now historically recognised as one the most important institutional complexes constructed in Victoria in the 19th Century, the Abbotsford Convent became a community art and cultural centre at the turn of the 21st century. Now a unique place with a rare fusion of old and new, the Abbotsford Convent’s 19th century landscape is filled with artists’ studios, cafes and bars, galleries, and markets.
From intimate to grand, industrial to opulent, the Convent’s spaces are historically fascinating, with views of the river, heritage gardens and only 4km from Melbourne’s CBD.
The Convent is the home of the Shadow Electric music venue, bar and outdoor cinema, which will host the opening of Gnomon Live Australia.
Called “the MIT of visual effects” by Fast Company magazine, Gnomon offers an unrivaled experience for students and boasts a 2015 placement rate of 94%.* For over 15 years, Gnomon has educated many of the world’s best digital artists. Graduates are professionals working on the latest blockbuster films and games, and have positions at film and video game studios around the world. Gnomon offers a variety of educational options to help students reach their goals in the entertainment industry, with full-time two- and three-year programs, specialized courses for high school students and over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment. The curriculum is distinguished by Gnomon’s innovative philosophical approach to technology. Though there may be ever more powerful software available to visual effects artists, the emphasis remains on the creative process instead of mere technical proficiency. Gnomon has been awarded School of the Year for two years in a row at the prestigious CG Student Awards, a significant annual event in the media and entertainment industry that aims to reward the students and recent graduates that are proving themselves to have what it takes.
Furthermore, Gnomon received the 2015 School of Excellence Award, a high honor bestowed upon ACCSC-accredited institutions recognized for delivering and maintaining high levels of achievement among their students. Gnomon’s campus is based in Hollywood, California, located in what was originally the Technicolor building built in the 1920s. Classrooms at Gnomon have been designed to cultivate creativity and learning by mimicking the environments of real production studios. The 30,000 square foot facility has seven state-of-the-art computer labs, a green screen stage, two cycloramas, dedicated sculpture labs, a drawing studio, lecture spaces, student lounges, a student store, and the Gnomon Gallery. Alongside Gnomon, sister company The Gnomon Workshop develops online workshops and digital resources for continuing education.