Join us on Thursday, May 5th, at 7:30 PM, for the making of RISE, the latest short sci-fi film by Filmmaker, Director and Visual Effects Artist, David Karlak. The evening will kick off with a screening of the highly polished short, followed by an insight into David’s creation process, including how he worked with nearly 100 artists from around the world to portray a dystopian future. The five-minute short was first unveiled to the masses in March 2016, painting the vision of a near-future where the arrival of artificial humans resets humanity’s moral compass. Mixing high-end VFX with documentary and news-style footage, the striking film stands as essential viewing for those interested in the evolution of the sci-fi form, and the intersection of technology and entertainment. A labor of love for David, he’s been working on RISE since 2013 as a proof of concept. He comments: “The team’s vision for RISE was to combine the very best new techniques in visual effects and CG while blending them into an incredible live-action sci-fi short. The world we've created and the narrative around it is truly immersive, full of intrigue, and – we hope – uniquely thought-provoking."

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet David Karlak at the Gnomon campus. RSVP for this exclusive event for free. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. The event is open to the public and will also be available on Gnomon’s Livestream channel.


7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: The Making of RISE with David Karlak
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Audience Questions

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David KarlakFilmmaker, Los Angeles

David Karlak is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. In 2010, he directed the short film The Candidate, which generated a huge buzz in Hollywood after making the prestigious Viewfinder List in 2011. Following the success of The Candidate, David sold an original sci-fi pitch to Warner Brothers, titled RISE, with Roy Lee producing. He then sold a second original pitch titled Outliers to 20th Century Fox with Peter Chernin producing. David is attached to direct both films. In recent years, he has also been exploring the use of virtual reality for storytelling and even directed a virtual reality experience set in the world of RISE which premiered at the Storyscapes series at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. For more information visit

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