A scene from Disney's Frozen.

3D Animation Careers: Working as an Animator

Posted by on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Without a doubt, animators account for some of the most high-profile work in the visual effects industry. While special effects and other tricky editing techniques are meant to be invisible in traditional films, in animated features such as Frozen, Toy Story, and Tangled, it is the 3D animation that takes center stage. Working as a [...]


A still from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

3D Animation Software: Sharpening Your Skills

Posted by on Monday, July 28th, 2014

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Your career in visual effects depends heavily on your understanding of 3D animation software. The exact application isn’t necessarily important — some studios use Maya and some studios use 3DS Max — but what is important is your ability to efficiently navigate your platform of choice [...]


A clip from Autodesk's Maya.

Tips for VFX Artists: Back to the Basics

Posted by on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Working as a professional VFX artist requires that you develop a deep understanding of the technologies that power 3D design and animation. Proficiency in Autodesk’s Maya or 3DS Max is mandatory, and knowing your way around popular plug-ins or compositing tools is a good way to sharpen your job prospects and advance your career. You [...]


A scene from HBO's Game of Thrones.

VFX Production in Television: An Overlooked Specialty

Posted by on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

When it comes to high-end visual effects, movies get all the glory. Everyone knows that Marvel’s The Avengers, for example, is packed to the gills with high-tech movie magic. When someone watches Godzilla destroy a city, they are well aware that it was the work of dozens or hundreds of VFX artists that made that [...]


A scene from The Matrix: Reloaded. You VFX career can start anywhere.

Going Global with VFX Careers

Posted by on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

  It’s been established that the bulk of moviemaking occurs in Hollywood, California. While international films continue to grow in budget, distribution, and prestige, Hollywood has been and will continue to be the center of the global film industry for years to come. Big-budget blockbusters with the most famous stars on Earth begin their lives [...]


A scene from Marvel's Thor.

Visual Effects Artists: Don’t Forget the Social Skills!

Posted by on Monday, July 21st, 2014

Working in a technical field like visual effects means long hours in front of the computer. While many studios do operate with a team environment, it’s not uncommon for a texturer or character rigger to spend most of his or her time working completely alone. A good pair of headphones is a necessity for those [...]


A still from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy visual effects

Growth as a Visual Effects Professional: Preparing for Promotion

Posted by on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Once you’ve established yourself as a competent VFX professional and are working in a studio you love, the next step for your career is seeking out and earning promotions. If you’re hoping to step into the shoes of a VFX Supervisor or to take a leadership role on one of your studio’s VFX teams, you’ll [...]


vidual effects in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Visual Effects Showcase: Five Must-Watch Films for Aspiring VFX Artists

Posted by on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Since the birth of film as an entertainment medium, there has been a need for visual effects. The human imagination has always out-paced reality (some of what we imagine is better left to the imaginary world as it is) and the stories we like to tell often need a bit of behind-the-scenes magic to appear [...]


A screencap of World of Warcraft: Warlord of Draenor.

Gnomon Alumni Interview: Animator Casey McDermott Talks Blizzard, Sony, and Video Game Design

Posted by on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Many 3D artists aspire to someday become an animator on games from landmark companies like Ubisoft, Nintendo, or Rockstar. Video game design takes a team of specialized talents and animators are an important element of polishing a game and ensuring it looks and feels perfect for the player. Casey McDermott is a Gnomon School alumni [...]


A CGI ape from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Visual Effects Studios at Work: Weta Digital Blazes a Trail

Posted by on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

One of the unfortunate truths about the visual effects industry is that the studios behind the incredible effects you see in blockbuster films are often unknown to the general public. Moviegoers recognize their favorite stars and directors in action, but aren’t necessarily as familiar with names like Industrial Light and Magic, Digital Domain, or Rhythm [...]