On Thursday, August 6, join industry veteran and Gnomon alum Tefft Smith for a look at the importance and future of Visualization and how he began his journey into the visual effects industry.

During this event, Tefft Smith, whose credits include The Mandalorian, Midway, KONG: Skull Island, Tomorrowland, The Fountain and Life Aquatic, will talk in detail about how his education at Gnomon has been an intricate part in his artistic and career journey. Tefft will discuss how filmmakers are utilizing all the different aspects of visualization to take filmmaking to the next level. During the presentation, he will cover the differences and benefits of previsualization, post visualization, tech visualization and how virtual production is changing how films can be made.

This online-only livestream event will be an interactive discussion, featuring a live Q&A throughout the session. Watch the livestream presentation on the Gnomon Twitch Channel, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Live.


Gnomon's Bachelor of Fine Arts, Certificate in Digital Production, and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.


Guest Speakers

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Tefft Smith IICo-Founder | Supervisor - OPSIS

Tefft Smith II is a Visualization, VFX and Animation Supervisor working mostly in films, television, commercials and themed entertainment. His work experience has included working for various studios including Pixomondo, Halon Entertainment, A52, Look Effects Inc., Zoic Studios, and Gradient Effects LLC. Tefft has recently founder his own studio - OPSIS - in collaboration with 2 other longtime, fellow VFX professionals.

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. Over the years he has taught at USC and at Gnomon, where he served as the Director of Education in 2008.


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