An Evening with David Karlak: The Making of RISE

Gnomon School of Visual Effects has announced The Making of RISE, a free event hosted by Filmmaker, Director and Visual Effects Artist, David Karlak presenting his short sci-fi film in Los Angeles on May 5th at the Gnomon Campus.

The evening will kick off with a screening of the highly polished short, followed by an insight into David’s creation process, including how he worked with nearly 100 artists from around the world to portray a dystopian future. The five-minute short was first unveiled to the masses in March 2016, painting the vision of a near-future where the arrival of artificial humans resets humanity’s moral compass. Mixing high-end VFX with documentary and news-style footage, the striking film stands as essential viewing for those interested in the evolution of the sci-fi form, and the intersection of technology and entertainment. A labor of love for David, he’s been working on RISE since 2013 as a proof of concept. He comments: “The team’s vision for RISE was to combine the very best new techniques in visual effects and CG while blending them into an incredible live-action sci-fi short. The world we’ve created and the narrative around it is truly immersive, full of intrigue, and – we hope – uniquely thought-provoking.”

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP today. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you can’t make it to Hollywood, be sure to follow Gnomon on Livestream to tune in online.



7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: The Making of RISE with David Karlak
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Audience Questions

Guest Speakers

thumb-1461797070-headshotDavid Karlak—Filmmaker, Los Angeles

David Karlak is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. In 2010, he directed the short film The Candidate, which generated a huge buzz in Hollywood after making the prestigious Viewfinder List in 2011. Following the success of The Candidate, David sold an original sci-fi pitch to Warner Brothers, titled RISE, with Roy Lee producing. He then sold a second original pitch titled Outliers to 20th Century Fox with Peter Chernin producing. David is attached to direct both films. In recent years, he has also been exploring the use of virtual reality for storytelling and even directed a virtual reality experience set in the world of RISE which premiered at the Storyscapes series at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. For more information visit

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