Gnomon School of Visual Effects Shares the Art of Star Wars Episode 7

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New series of public art talks provides exclusive insight into the art, animation, and visual effects of movies and video games, including Star Wars Episode 7, Zootopia, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

The artists behind of some of the world's best-known movies and video games, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, will reveal the secrets of their work in a series of exclusive talks at Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation in Hollywood this month.

The presentations at Gnomon, which are held weekly on Thursdays or Saturdays, are open to the public, and many are broadcast worldwide on the school's Livestream channel at

Highlights include Designing Star Wars: The Force Awakens: an in-depth look at the making of J.J. Abrams' sci-fi blockbuster, hosted by Industrial Light & Magic art director James Clyne and veteran concept artist Iain McCaig. All of the available seats for the event, which takes place on Saturday, May 14th, were snapped up within hours of the ticket announcement.

Attendees will gain an insiders' perspective on one of the most beloved franchises in movie history, including a unique opportunity to explore the personal sketchbook that McCaig kept during meetings throughout the production of Star Wars Episode 7. McCaig will also be hosting an exclusive workshop for students studying at Gnomon, intended to help develop the next generation of concept artists.

Other sessions cover the making of Zootopia, Disney's hit animated comedy adventure, hosted by a panel of artists from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the art of creating environments for video games, with speakers including Naughty Dog's Martin Teichmann, whose credits include Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the critically acclaimed video game from Naughty Dog, published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4.

These exclusive insights into the entertainment industry's biggest franchises are made possible by Gnomon's relationship with the CG artists who create them. Described by Fast Company magazine as “the MIT of visual effects”, Gnomon alumni have also gone on to work for the world-leading feature animation studios and video game developers. Some of the speakers at this month’s events are former students or instructors at the school.

“Since its foundation in 1997, Gnomon has helped launch the careers of the artists who make today's movies and video games the visual spectacle that they are,” said Chris Spohn, Chief Executive Officer of Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. “It's a testament to the school that so many of them are willing to give up their time to share their experiences with the next generation of entertainment professionals and members of the public.”

Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation's speaker events take place almost weekly throughout the summer on Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons. The sessions are held at the school's Hollywood campus at 1015 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, and are open to the public. Most sessions are also broadcast worldwide on Gnomon's Livestream channel. A list of upcoming presentations, along with archived recordings of past events, can be found on the school's website at

Journalists interested in interviewing speakers at upcoming events can contact Lynette Clee, Gnomon's Senior Editor & Creative Content Manager, at lynette.clee(at)gnomon(dot)edu.

Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation specializes in computer graphics education for careers in the entertainment industry. 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%, in accordance with national accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Gnomon was awarded School of the Year by the CG Student Awards in 2014 and 2015 and was honored with the 2015 School of Excellence Award at the 9th Annual ACCSC Professional Development Conference. For further information, visit

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