Dane Allan Smith joins our Instructor Spotlight series to talk about virtual production and his work on The Mandalorian, Loki, WandaVision, and more!

We are excited to welcome Dane 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 that bring unique experiences and perspectives into the classroom, and Dane is no exception! He has successfully delivered hundreds of studio and independent projects ranging from live-action and animated features to television series and innovative media techniques and platforms. As a Gnomon instructor, Dane teaches students about incorporating the virtual reality toolset for previsualization, virtual cameras, and real-time lighting integration.

During this interview, we will talk with Dane about his journey as an artist, what it is like to innovate in the world of visual effects, 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

Dane Allan SmithVice President - The Third Floor

Dane Smith has built a career as a producer and innovator in visual effects and digital entertainment production. Smith has successfully delivered hundreds of studio and independent projects ranging from live-action and animated features to television series and innovative media techniques and platforms.

An early adopter of emerging technology, Dane has a proven track record for monetizing new technology. He currently serves as Vice President at THE THIRD FLOOR, and oversees the development of projects where previs, virtual production and real-time rendering are making significant in-roads. He manages the deployment of technology that can render high-quality visuals in real-time and works really well with real-world input devices such as mocap and cameras.

His hybrid Maya/Unreal approach offers a lot of great advantages and allows his team to more easily provide tools like a virtual camera (Vcam), VR scouting and AR on-set apps. In addition, he educates and inspires the next generation of digital artists as a faculty member at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Dane serves on the VES, TElevision Academy, BAFTA, and the Producers Guild of America boards.

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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