Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Gnomon Workshop Live

Just got back from an exciting weekend in LA where myself and several other working professionals spoke to both students and professionals alike in a series of demos and lectures. Mine specifically focused on the topic of making sure your design, whatever it may be, services the story, and is believable within that context. I also stressed the importance of thinking through your design from all angles and creating orthographic views and creating reference and material sheets to pass on with the design to the next phase of production artists.
It seemed to go well, and I believe that this is something that is lacking in many of today's film designs. Everything is getting too "hey look at me!" for the sake of design, and not believable within the context of the story. I hope those that were there were able to take away a bit of knowledge about this topic and will implement the points I discussed in there future projects.
It was also nice to meet many of the people there, some were still students, some were working professionals there to glean a bit more insight into how others work. I even met a few CCS alumni and local Bay Area folks as well.
I enjoyed seeing the talks by the other speakers and got to see how talented they are as well. It was an honor to get to meet them and put some faces to the names. If you were one of the people who were able to be there, thanks for coming and listening to me, I hope you were able to learn a bit more as to what makes good design and how you can apply it in your own job or project! And special thanks to Travis and Alex and all the Gnomon crew!
Think above and beyond!


wcoastsands said...
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wcoastsands said...

I attended the workshop this past weekend. I also had the chance to speak with you for a bit. I'm the student from UCSD. I wanted to thank you for sharing your know-how and experiences with us. I walked away with quite a bit of insight into the work flow and demands of an artist in the entertainment industry. There were a number of different techniques presented that showed how to improve efficiency and enhance creativity in one's work. I am absolutely amazed and feel very inspired by the entire event. It's something else to be able to see, to speak with, and learn from creators of some of the most iconic pieces in popular culture today. Very exciting. I've already started acting on this new surge of inspiration. I'll have to send you a link later to some of my work and my portfolio.

Thanks again,

Nikkolai Davenport

Jeff Z said...

Hey Alex, belated thanks for sharing your work and thoughts with us all at Gnomon, and expecially thanks for taking the time to take a look thru my quick portfolio (I'm the guy with the MacBook) and giving me your input and encouragement!

I'm starting to apply for some new jobs, wish me luck...


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