Explore the Benefits of Virtual Working and Networking with Gnomon

This Thursday, May 27th, you are invited to a special Gnomon alumni panel discussion on the benefits of remote learning and how that experience can provide valuable skills for artists as the industry embraces remote studio work.

This past year was labelled many things, but “unprecedented” was probably the most common description. Everyone heard about the new challenges faced with lockdown-inspired pivots, but it’s important to also explore the positive effects of taking both work and study remote. Gnomon rounded up four industry artists to talk about their experience shifting to a work from home paradigm, how studios have adapted to virtual workflows, and, for some, what it was like to graduate and begin their careers during a global pandemic.

Gnomon Education Lead Beau Janzen will moderate the panel discussion and share his own stories of teaching students in the virtual classroom and tackling remote studio work prior to the lockdown. With a variety of backgrounds and experience, including VR, games, film, modeling, texturing, animation and real-time VFX, the panelists will help students realize that studying remotely doesn’t put them at a disadvantage but actually makes them uniquely prepared for this moment.

The panel will include the following Gnomon alumni: Brandon Zhao (Halon Entertainment), Michelle Sharp (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Marco Amador, and Jenna Ruth (Insomniac Games). They will discuss the unexpected work-life benefits that emerged last year and how those lessons will not only remain but enhance the future of our industry.

Watch the stream on the Gnomon Twitch Channel, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Live on Thursday, May 27th at 7:30 p.m. PDT.


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