‘Coin Operated’ is the award-winning animated short by first-time director, Nicholas Arioli. On Monday, November 20th, Nicholas will recall the five important lessons he learned during the journey of developing an idea into an acclaimed independent short film. Joining Nicholas at the Gnomon Stage will be Rex Grignon, CEO and Co-Founder of Nimble Collective, and previously Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks Animation with credits including Antz, Shrek, Toy Story, Kung Fu Panda, and many more.

The one-hour presentation will inspire and educate artists of all levels, and offer priceless insights for those looking to create their own animated short films. You can watch the short below, and find the entire talk above, or on our Livestream channel.


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Five Important Lessons: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning ‘Coin Operated’ Short

Gnomon School of VFX offers a Character and Creature Animation Track with the full-time Certificate in Digital Production program that trains students to capture believable and appealing performances in their characters and creatures through the application of fundamental animation concepts, software, techniques and acting skills.

Guest Speakers

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Nicholas Arioli Director, ‘Coin Operated’

Nicholas Arioli is a first-time filmmaker. An engineer by training but an artist at heart, Nicholas spent years in the technology industry before making the jump into filmmaking. He was born and raised in New York City, now lives in San Francisco, and is red-green colorblind.

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Rex GrignonCo-Founder & CEO, Nimble Collective

Rex Grignon is an animation and computer graphics pioneer. Rex has animated on some of the top films of all time, including Toy Story, Shrek, and the Madagascar movies. Before co-founding Nimble Collective, Rex was Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks Animation.

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