Alex is the Founder and President of Gnomon. After attending the Art Center College of Design and the University of Pennsylvania, Alex worked as an Applications Engineer for Alias|Wavefront, the creators of Maya. The mid 90's marked a paradigm shift as computer graphics burst on the scene and forever changed how visual effects and video games would be created. While working onsite at scores of studios around southern California, Alex was in the midst of a rapidly growing demand for a new breed of artist.
In 1997 Alex founded Gnomon, a vocational art school that would find itself at the crossroads of art and technology. In the years that followed to today, Alex has guided Gnomon's evolution through his passion for the entertainment industry and collaboration with the professional community.
An accomplished artist and teacher, Alex has taught thousands of students on campus, online and at events around the world. He has been published and interviewed by industry magazines, websites, podcasts and books, as an authority on vocational education, creature development and environment art. His credits include Star Trek, Prometheus, Super 8, Green Lantern and Avatar.
Darrin has worked as the Chief Administrative Officer of Gnomon since 1997. He is an alumnus of the Art Center College of Design, where he studied transportation and industrial design. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Product Design, Darrin was employed as an applications engineer for Alias|Wavefront, where he received numerous awards, including Outstanding Technical Support.
Darrin began his teaching career at the Art Center College of Design while simultaneously working as an independent artist and consultant with entertainment companies such as Warner Bros., Honda, Sega, and MCA/Universal.
Josh comes to Gnomon with a decade of experience in film, television, and games. As an alumnus of Gnomon’s Certificate in Digital Production Program he has worked as a Creative Director, Art Director, and Character Designer for prestigious studios such as Marvel Studios, Naughty Dog, Legacy Effects and Cloud Imperium Games. Josh loves to “pay it forward” by teaching classes and workshops where he can help continue the education of others so they can find their passions like he did, at Gnomon. Josh is a graduate of Westwood College and has a Bachelor of Science in Animation.
Josh continues to work on personal projects exploring ideas for films, graphic novels, and tabletop games. Some of his professional projects include The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception, and Star Citizen.
Brian provides executive leadership, budgetary oversight, and strategic direction for the development and implementation of student enrollment functions and recruitment strategies consistent with the school’s mission and strategic plan. Brian began his career in education administration at Gnomon in 2005. He holds a Baccalaureate in Business Management from Western Governors University. Brian oversees the daily collaboration of departmental leadership in the areas of admissions, recruitment, enrollment services, and marketing communications with the goal of attracting and enrolling the most qualified students possible.
As Director of Admissions, Hannah specializes in working with students to help them identify and pursue pathways to further their education and, ultimately, their career goals. She is a practicing illustrator and graphic designer, showing in galleries across California and working with a wide range of clients on a variety of freelance projects, from developing characters and logos to textiles and products. Hannah graduated from Laguna College of Art + Design in 2010 with a Bachelor of Art in Illustration.
Adrienne supports prospective students and applicants in her role as Admissions Advisor, ensuring those interested in careers in the entertainment industry are aligned for success. She is a practicing illustrator working in a wide range of media, from watercolor to digital paintings, with many of her pieces shown in numerous galleries. Adrienne believes in the importance of practice, thus she continuously studies new skills and techniques, giving her special insight into Gnomon students' desire for knowledge within their chosen craft. Adrienne graduated from Laguna College of Art + Design in 2009 with a BFA in Illustration.
As Admissions Advisor, Xander provides support to prospective students as they develop their artistic skill - set and pursue their goals in the entertainment industry. His previous experience in video game development, game journalism, and elementary education, as well as his continuous efforts in freelance illustration and writing, affords him a holistic capacity that uniquely supports students. Xander graduated from the University of California, San Diego , with a double major in Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts , and Communication.
As an admissions advisor, Zach provides guidance to prospective students who wish to develop their portfolios and skills in pursuit of their educational and career objectives. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with honors in 2015 and has since worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and painter with a growing exhibition history throughout California. His work has been featured in National Publications including Creative Quarterly and New American Paintings.
As Admissions Coordinator, Raven maintains internal efficiency reports, provides administrative support for applicants, and processes incoming materials to ensure the integrity of prospective student records. She has several years of customer service experience working as a Day Camp Director, Tech Associate, and Student Outreach Worker. Raven earned her BFA in Cinema from Columbia College Hollywood in 2020, and is actively involved in the production of film projects.
As Director of Recruitment, Lissa creates avenues of engagement for prospective students looking to learn about the educational opportunities at Gnomon. Lissa brings 20 years of experience overseeing arts and education initiatives and has developed a wide range of programming, organizations, and creative events for artists of all ages. Within higher education, she has worked for Ex’pression College for Digital Arts and Columbia College Hollywood-School of Film and Television. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from California Institute of the Arts.
As Recruiter, Adam travels to high schools, community colleges, and trade shows to educate prospective students about Gnomon’s academic options and provide information about careers in the entertainment industry. With over two decades of experience working in nonprofit, Adam has used his skills in visual art, photography, and design to create socially conscious initiatives in collaboration with art students and professionals. He has lived and worked abroad in Norway and the Netherlands while traveling Europe as a community developer and public speaker. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from LIFE Pacific University.
As Recruiter, Dan speaks to prospective students about Gnomon’s academic options while sharing insight into the potential career paths within the entertainment industry. Dan is a practicing concept artist and Previs artist, with experience in feature film. He has studied entertainment design at Gnomon, Art Center, and several other art schools and workshops, including private mentorships with industry professionals.
Jacob Kellar provides administrative support to the Recruitment Department including organization for on and off campus events for prospective students at Gnomon. Prior to Gnomon, Jacob contributed to the organizational support to the Outreach department at Columbia College Hollywood including event support for the New Optics Film Festival. Jacob is currently studying Film at Columbia College Hollywood where he will receive his BFA in Directing in May 2020.
As Manager of Industry Outreach and Development, Lily cultivates relationships with entertainment industry studios and professionals, driving opportunities for utilization of Gnomon’s expansive training and influence.
With over a decade as a Producer and Creative Development Director, Lily has served the animation, film, and education sectors in many key creative and leadership roles within a range of companies that include Gnomon entities, Sketch Theatre and Gnomon Workshop. Lily has established a portfolio of resources that promote collaborative and successful strategic partnerships in service to the school’s mission. She studied Film at San Francisco State University and UCLA.
As a Designer, Arthur Ontman creates digital and print assets to support the marketing vision of Gnomon. For over ten years, Art has worked as a graphic and web designer for Marcus & Millichap, Extima, Eastdil Secured and Space Maintainers Lab. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Humboldt State University.
As a Graphic Designer, Cody is responsible for fulfilling the visual and creative needs for Gnomon. His decade-long career has given him a breadth of experience in a diverse array of industries including fashion, sports marketing, consumer packaged goods, and health and wellness. He has worked with such brands as Original Penguin, Sharper Image, Showtime, and Nicole Miller. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Montclair State University.
As Social Media Manager, Miranda is responsible for providing essential support to the marketing department by managing Gnomon social media channels, helping guide the creation of new and creative content, creating and implementing content new strategies. Along with her knowledge of social media, Miranda has considerable experience in marketing and experiential events. Miranda has previously worked with companies such as Google, PlayStation, Spotify, and Progressive Insurance.
As Marketing Coordinator, Melissa is responsible for ensuring the high-quality and timely execution of Gnomon's marketing campaigns by acting as the point of contact for various departmental needs and external vendors. She has several years of experience in project management and event coordination working with Luckie & Company and the Sidewalk Film Festival. Along with her project management experience, Melissa is a writer, editor and social media marketer. Her work has been featured in AdWeek and Is It Funny or Offensive? She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from Samford University and continues to take extension courses in television writing in Los Angeles.
Tina joins Gnomon with 20 years of post-secondary educational experience, having upheld the mission, vision, and values of the Office of Registrar for over a decade.
As Registrar, Tina provides leadership to plan, organize, and manage all activities related to records and registration including serving as the official, authorized keeper of Gnomon’s student records. She is responsible for the compilation and maintenance of student records in compliance with federal law, state law, and standards of accreditation.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management and a Master of Business Administration from Argosy University.
As the Director of Education: Vocational, Max is responsible for the development of internal training processes and procedures in support of initiatives affecting the Education Department, as well as mentoring students in all emphases of study. He also identifies and procures top industry professionals as qualified instructors for Gnomon, based on his multiple years of professional industry experience.
Max has been teaching at Gnomon since 2010. His background ensures that the high standards of Gnomon’s curricula and instruction are upheld via the identification and implementation of new technologies. Max is a graduate of Gnomon’s vocational program and studied at Ivy Tech and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
As the Director of Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Bruce Ford is responsible for the on-campus oversight, expansion, supervision, compliance and administration affecting the Education Office, as well as leading the school’s baccalaureate efforts. He also identifies and procures top industry professionals as qualified instructors for Gnomon, based on his multiple years of professional academic and industry experience.
Bruce has over five years of experience as Academic Program Chair for Media Arts & Animation, a decade as a college instructor, and over twenty years in the creative arts’ fields that range from Senior Graphics Illustrator, Creative Director, and Project Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Art from California Polytechnic University, a Master of Fine Arts in Animation and Visual Effects from the Academy of Art University, and is completing a doctoral degree of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Argosy University.
As Education Lead, Anton is responsible for developing curriculum for Gnomon’s games courses. Anton integrates VR and game engine software, tools, and techniques into existing and projected courses. He encourages students to expand their specific area of games study to a broader context through exposure to successful industry professionals. Anton also provides mentorship to students and works with faculty to foster communication across all programs. He has an extensive background as a Maya artist and instructor, with clientele including Sony, Disney, and Mattel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State.
As Education Lead, Beau is responsible for developing curriculum for Gnomon’s VFX courses. Beau makes a continuous assessment of the visual effects industry and ensures that Gnomon’s scholastic pursuits are meeting these technical and artistic standards. Through exposure to industry professionals as well as a decade creating curriculum for postsecondary technological art-making institutions, Beau helps foster high-level specialty skills-sets, while still providing a broad view of the production pipeline so students understand their own integration into a visual effects team.
Beau also provides mentorship to students and works with Gnomon’s faculty to foster communication across all programs. He has over twenty-five years of experience as a CG Supervisor, artist and instructor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Ball State University, and a master's degree from the University of Kentucky in Instructional Systems Design.
As Education Lead, Gil is responsible for developing curriculum for Gnomon’s foundational, 2D and Design courses. Gil combines his knowledge of concept illustration, fine art and design with the digital techniques currently being used to develop entertainment concepts. He has created concept art for animation studios such as Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros Animation, Hanna Barbara Cartoons, New World Entertainment, Marvel and Universal Cartoons, among others. He has completed Live action concept art for multiple studios including Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and RCA Columbia Pictures. Gil has also created artwork for both commercial advertising and book illustration.
Gil has 16 years of experience teaching art to a diverse range of students, and has been a mentor to hundreds of students, helping them to improve their skillset and portfolios. He holds a BFA degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design, as well as a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Chris brings twenty years of operations, finance and creative management experience to Gnomon from work across an array of different industries including, film, music, apparel, technology and digital marketing. As Executive Director of Operations, Chris provides organizational and strategic oversight and structure, operational efficiency, workflow optimization and accounting controls. Before coming to Gnomon, he served as Vice President of Operations and Business development for a successful digital marketing agency in Los Angeles. Chris has raised money for educational charities through lecturing and touring and is an associate board member for the Exceptional Children's Foundation, based in Culver City.
Chris is a graduate of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and has worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Activision, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Crest National and Digital Studios Group. Chicago-born, Mississippi-raised, and educated in Ohio and New York.
As Director of Financial Aid, Chris Freeman brings 20 years’ experience in both federal and state financial aid as well as two years as a Compliance Auditor, reviewing policies and procedures for over 40 schools around the country. As a member of Gnomon’s Title IX committee, he provides assistance with coordinating and implementing the school’s Title IX compliance efforts. Chris has an extensive background in the entertainment business, gleaned from both his educational pursuits as well as his lifelong practice as a musician. Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia College-Hollywood, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film/TV editing.
As Gnomon’s Director of Student Accounts, Mark works closely with the controllers, Financial Aid and Records Offices to refine Gnomon's billing procedures, oversee the student store, and contribute to the maintenance of the financial side of student billing. He worked as an Accounting Assistant and Accounts Coordinator at various businesses for seven years before arriving at Gnomon. Mark holds a Bachelor of Art in computing in the arts from University of California, San Diego.
As Student Accounts Coordinator, Crystal manages the billing accounts for all Individual Course and Foundation students, collects tuition and fee payments, processes refunds, maintains Financial Aid documents in the Radix database, and provides assistance to the Director of Student Accounts. She brings with her several years of experience assisting staff and students during her tenure as the Program Director and Administrator of Notes for Notes, then later as the Student Store Associate at Gnomon. Crystal earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Norfolk State University.
As the Human Resource Manager, Misty is responsible for performing HR-related duties on a professional level and works closely with senior management and Controller in supporting Gnomon’s mission as well as advocating for and managing risk on Gnomon’s campus. She carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: employee relations, training/professional development, performance management, onboarding/offboarding, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, affirmative action and employment law compliance. Misty has been working in an administrative capacity for Gnomon since 2010.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and she holds a PHR Certification.
As the Human Resource Assistant, Yolanda is responsible for performing administrative tasks and services to support effective and efficient operations of Gnomon's Human Resource Department. She also provides administrative support to the human resource functions in the areas of new hire employee onboarding, background and credentialing, recruiting, payroll and benefits, employee file maintenance and compliance, and HRIS/LMS entry and reporting.
Yolanda comes to Gnomon from Otis College of Art and Design where she worked in the Human Resource & Development department for several years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Spelman College. She will be obtaining a SHRM certification in 2021.
Carmen brings over 16 years of postsecondary educational experience to Gnomon. She has served on senior leadership teams, where she managed a variety of initiatives and special projects intended to improve enrollment growth, international student advising, and student retention.
As Student Affairs Manager and Title IX Coordinator, Carmen is committed to providing transformational and enriching experiences for students to enhance their learning and development.
Carmen graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a major in Film Production.
As Gnomon’s counselor, Dr. Jason provides individual counseling and support services for the student population. He utilizes a collaborative environment to educate students on how to adopt healthy lifestyle and coping skills, providing students with the tools and motivation necessary to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Dr. Jason draws from various psychological approaches and uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral and humanistic therapies to approach treatment issues. Dr. Jason holds a doctorate in Psychology and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He also maintains a private practice in Pasadena, CA.
As Facilities Coordinator, Phil ensures the quality, upkeep, and integrity of the campus and its facilities. He works directly with property management to coordinate building maintenance, and corresponds with the various internal departments to organize the logistical implementation of student and community events. Phil graduated from Westwood College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Game Art and Design.
As Gnomon’s Executive Director of Placement and Alumni Relations, Shannon is responsible for the cultivation and expansion of Gnomon’s industry and alumni network, and works closely with employers to facilitate employment for Gnomon graduates and alumni. Additionally, Shannon serves as an advisor to students, lending her industry experience to a variety of student service activities in support of Gnomon’s core mission. With 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including a decade working as a visual effects artist on more than 30 feature films, Shannon is an experienced team leader, having supervised departments at multiple companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Denver.
As Associate Director of Placement and Alumni Relations, Den works very closely with studios, art directors and hiring managers to facilitate employment for Gnomon’s alumni. He's also responsible for the cultivation and expansion of Gnomon’s industry and alumni network. As a professionally credited CG Artist for games and film, Den’s list of industry contacts spans over 18 years. He has recruited and managed large Outsource development teams and individual contributors both domestically and internationally, and has negotiated high level contracts in interactive entertainment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Central University and has taken courses in 3D modeling, lighting, and animation for credit toward a graduate degree.
As Community Relations Coordinator, Tim Weber is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Gnomon alumni, instructors and students. His career has given him a wide variety of experience in a diverse array of industries including Entertainment Design, School Administration, Healthcare and Food Service. Tim is currently studying Character Design and Voice Acting for video games and animation in his free time, and holds an Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Chippewa Valley Tech.
As Chief Technology Officer, Eric is responsible for the strategic design and management of Gnomon’s technology infrastructure, support, and standards. His responsibilities as Director of Distance Education are focused on the oversight of curricula, academic practices, and technology development within Gnomon’s distance education model. Eric’s years of experience in the information technology field, both in the corporate and entertainment arenas, combined with his artistic background and industry experience, ensures that Gnomon’s distance education model and the technology division remain innovative and aligned with Gnomon’s Mission. Eric earned an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Art from Diablo Valley College and holds a certificate from Gnomon.
As Director of Library and Learning Resources, Lucy’s objective is to develop library services and resources that respond to the information and research needs of Gnomon’s students, faculty and education staff. Lucy is committed to supporting Gnomon faculty in the classroom, as well as each student working to achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals. Before joining Gnomon, Lucy was an Education Services Librarian for a private design college in Los Angeles. Her experience working with student communities pursuing careers in art and design has ensured a keen understanding of the unique information needs of Gnomon’s student community. Lucy earned her MA in Library and Information Science in 2007, and currently holds the prestigious position as an ACRL Delegate to the California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL) Executive Board.
As the Director of Systems Administration, Anthony is responsible for overseeing the administration, maintenance, and support of Gnomon’s network, hardware, software, and IT infrastructure. A former software engineer, Anthony has over ten years of experience with electronics, programming, and engineering and has applied this knowledge to become a valuable member and contributor to Gnomon’s success. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
As a Systems Administrator, Ricardo’s responsibilities encompass maintenance, and support of Gnomon’s network, hardware, software, and IT infrastructure. With 15 years of experience in computer repair, troubleshooting and maintenance as a IT freelancer and IT consultant, Ricardo brings his vast skill-set to Gnomon's technology team. Ricardo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from California Polytechnic University of Pomona in 2016, and also holds a CompTIA certification.
John’s responsibilities as Supervising System Engineer include the maintenance of student attendance records, delivery of instructional materials, and troubleshooting instructor or student software and hardware concerns. His years of experience in technology, both in academia and entertainment, ensures both students and instructors alike are well-served. John earned a Bachelor of Art in Art from California State Los Angeles before completing Gnomon’s certificate program in 2008.
Charley’s responsibilities as System Engineer include the maintenance of student attendance records, delivery of instructional materials, and troubleshooting instructor or student software and hardware concerns. He has over a decade of experience building computers and troubleshooting hardware, as well as a creative background, including extensive skills with image compositing. After completing a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art and Computer Science from Washington State University, Charley continued his education at Gnomon, earning a certificate in 2005.
Jose’s responsibilities as System Engineer include the maintenance of student attendance records, delivery of instructional materials, and troubleshooting instructor or student software and hardware concerns, while dedicating himself to staying abreast of new technologies and understanding the student experience. Jose graduated from California State University in Los Angeles for a B.A. degree in Animation at 2004.
Marcos' responsibilities as Systems Engineer include the maintenance of student attendance records, delivery of instructional materials, and troubleshooting instructor or student software and hardware concerns. He has over a decade of experience building computers and troubleshooting hardware, as well as a creative background, including extensive skills with image compositing. After completing a Bachelor of Art in Art from California State University, Northridge, in 2015.
Jack Fulmer has amassed an impressive list of credits and awards, including an Academy Award for his team’s work on Big Hero 6. He’s worked on films such as Frozen 2, Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Moana, Frozen Fever (short film), The Golden Compass (Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects); Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters; Red Dawn; Hop; Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked; Night at the Museum; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Elektra; Garfield; Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. His broadcast credits include CSI, CSI: Miami, Crossing Jordan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Angel and The Dead Zone. He also has done commercial work for Cox Broadcasting. Jack is a graduate of UCLA and Gnomon.
Jonathan Berube is a Senior VFX Concept Designer at Lightstorm Entertainment, currently working on the Avatar sequels. Previously he worked as a VFX Art Director in Blizzard’s cinematics division. His work includes the original World of Warcraft cinematic, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, StarCraft: Ghost, Diablo III and Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.
Born in Quebec, Jonathan started his creative path with a degree in classical animation filmmaking from Sheridan College in Ontario and a certificate in computer animation from Cyclone Art and Technologies in Quebec. After working on feature films at Hybride Technologies in Montreal, Jonathan joined Blizzard’s cinematic team where he assembled and founded the Matte Painting Department, which he continues to supervise.
Cecil Kim has been working as a concept artist in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design. Upon completion, he started his career at Square USA, where he got the chance to work on Parasite Eve and Final Fantasy IX. In 2000, Cecil joined Sony Santa Monica where he worked on several hit games including the God of War series, moving up to become a visual development lead on God of War 3. In addition to creative work, he also teaches at Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design. In early 2010, Cecil was awarded the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Artistic Achievement Award. Cecil founded Section Studios with Justin Yun and they are now working on their own IP projects.
Ross Blocher currently serves as Training Project Manager for Walt Disney Animation Studios where he and his team are responsible for providing a variety of training content, including content ranging from guest speakers and subject matter experts to software trainers and online resources. Responsibilities also include the scheduling of training sessions for Disney Animation Studio employees as well as ensuring the availability of the collection of recorded materials. He has been in his current position for more than 3 years. Ross is a graduate of Woodbury University where he earned a BFA in Animation in 2004. After graduating, he served as an assistant to the Animation Department at Woodbury University until 2006. Before moving into his current position, Ross worked as a Compositor and Technical Director on various movies including The Simpsons Movie, The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh.
Beth was educated at University of Arizona and UC Santa Barbara, a secondary teaching credential, an educational administration credential and a Masters of Education. She has been teaching at the secondary level since 1996, currently at Pilgrim School in Los Angeles. During her career, she has designed a variety of curricula and assessment plans, and has contributed to the English/language arts lesson plan for Los Angeles Unified School District. She also has substantial experience designing and delivering professional development for faculty and administration and has contributed her efforts to a variety of organizations that emphasize equality and fairness in education.
A Los Angeles native, Kirk Shintani earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA prior to completing Gnomon’s Generalist program in 2004. Over the last 12 years, he has worked on hundreds of commercials for clients such as Nike, Lexus, and Coca Cola, and numerous title sequences including the award winning “Game of Thrones” for HBO. Kirk is currently Head of 3D at A52, a boutique visual effects studio, and assists the company balance growth, find efficiencies through new technologies and innovative pipelines, and works with multiple artists to maintain a collaborative and supportive environment.
Michael Lane currently oversees the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he also advises students enrolled in the school's Minors in Comedy and Screenwriting. Following stints as a development executive and a literary manager, he produced the award-winning feature documentary Rock Paper Scissors: A Geek Tragedy about the World Championships of the children's game Rock Paper Scissors. Prior to studying film, Michael's focus was outdoor and environmental education.
Tefft Smith II, is a Visualization, VFX and Animation Supervisor working mostly in films, television, commercials and themed entertainment. His work experience includes working for various studios including Pixomondo, Halon Entertainment, A52, Look Effects Inc., Zoic Studios, and Gradient Effects LLC. Tefft has several credits to his name, including: Mandalorian, Star Trek: Short Treks, Midway, Orville: Season 2, The OA, Goosebumps; Slappy's Halloween, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, A Dogs Way Home, KONG: Skull Island, and Tomorrowland . As a producer, he has released Carolina Parakeet and The Smiling Man both with Multiple Festival Awards, and as a director, Tefft created several animated shorts, bumpers of the 50 greatest VFX Films and a Tribute to Steven Spielberg for the Visual Effects Society. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he majored in animation and received a double minor in design and photography. Over the years he has taught at USC and at Gnomon, where he served as the Director of Education in 2008.
Alex Nice is an Art Director, Senior Illustrator ADG IATSE 800 and Visual Effects industry veteran with over 15 years of experience creating high end content for Film, Television, and Virtual Reality. Originally trained in fine art and Illustration, his skill set includes Visual Development, Illustration, Art Team Management, Shot Design and Matte Painting used to create film-quality visuals with a strong focus on storytelling.
With an industry background as 2D artist and 3D generalist, Alex is able to deliver art from concept to final, while maintaining a global focus on quality. His versatility in software and broad artistic style has allowed him to create some of the fantastically epic designs for Hollywood's biggest features. Alex thrives in high-stress environments and particularly enjoys interactively working with storytellers to bring their ideas to life.
Past films include Underwater, John Wick Parabellum, Masters Of the Universe, Venom 2, Jungle Book, Hunger Games, Beasts of No Nation, Sin City, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, Elysium, Tron Legacy, Amazing Spider-man, Hugo and more. Alex is currently working in the Art Department at Warner Brothers Entertainment creating visual development for the upcoming film Black Adam.
With his Certificate in Digital Production from Gnomon, Devon has focused on all things environment art in both games and cinematics for 10 years. Contributing to such projects as Diablo: III, Star Craft II, World of Warcraft, and Call of Duty, he has brought his passion for video games, environment design, and team building to all his roles which include: Lead Matte Painter at Blizzard Entertainment, Senior Environment Artist at Infinity Ward and currently Lead Artist for R&D at Riot Games.
Over the years Devon has shared his passion and experience by speaking at conferences around the world, writing articles for magazines both print and online, and regularly providing portfolio and artist feedback to anyone who asks for it.