David Stripinis joins our Instructor Spotlight series to talk about animation and visual effects, his work on Avatar, and teaching Houdini at Gnomon!

We are excited to welcome David Stripinis to our "Instructor Spotlight" series - a bi-weekly livestream event where you'll meet some of our amazing instructors and get a glimpse into their lives as artists and educators.

Gnomon's instructors are working professionals who bring unique experiences and perspectives into the classroom, and David is no exception! A veteran 3D Generalist, David has over 22 years of experience in game and movie production, with a focus on animation, VFX, motion capture, and visual storytelling. As a Gnomon instructor, David teaches his students how to create mind-bending visual effects in a variety of industry-standard software.

During this interview, we will talk with David about his journey as an artist, what it is like to create top-tier visual effects for blockbuster films (including Avatar, Iron Man 2, and Man of Steel), and what you can expect when learning from him at Gnomon. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask your questions in the chat!

Immediately following the interview, our host Adam Hartel will share a brief informational session about the Gnomon student experience and the various careers for artists within the Visual Effects, Animation, and Games industries.

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Gnomon's full-time programs 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

David StripinisHead of Lighting & Rendering, EncoreVFX

For over 25 years, David Stripinis has been a contributor on the front lines of VFX innovation. From his early days working in the video game industry with the Rogue Squadron series to lauded feature film VFX such as Man of Steel, Ant-Man, and Interstellar. From helping to create and innovate the new world of Virtual Production on Avatar to episodic works like Westworld, The Mandalorian, and The Orville, he considers himself fortunate to have worked with so many smart, talented people over the years. In addition to heading up the Lighting Department at EncoreVFX, he now teaches Houdini and Fluid Dynamics at Gnomon.

Adam HartelGnomon Host

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 degree in Theology from LIFE Pacific University.

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