Join us on Saturday, July 9th, at 2:00 pm for an afternoon with Art Director and Matte Painter, Nick Hiatt whose recent credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Nick will take to the Gnomon stage to share a collection of matte paintings created for Episode VII while working as Art Director for Bad Robot Productions/Kelvin Optical. He will discuss his painting process and talk about his experiences working on feature films. Following his opening presentation there will be an in-depth Q&A session, with opportunities for both the live and online audiences to contribute their own questions to the mix*. A meet-and-greet with the artist will conclude the event.

Be sure to visit the Gnomon campus to meet the artist and experience the free event in Hollywood. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. The event will also be available on Livestream for those who can’t attend in person**.

*Nick Hiatt will not be able to answer questions or show materials that conflict with his NDA for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
**You do not need to RSVP if you intend to watch the Livestream only.


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Matte Painting and Art Directing for feature films
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Q&A with Nick Hiatt plus Audience Questions
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Post-event meet and greet

Guest Speakers

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Nick HiattArt Director, Matte Painter

Nick Hiatt is an Art Director, Matte Painter and Production Illustrator working in the film industry. His credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek: Beyond, Mission: Impossible ? Rogue Nation, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Thor: The Dark World, Oblivion, Oz the Great and Powerful, 300: Rise of an Empire, and many more. See his portfolio at

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