Gnomon Studios Announces New Animated Project “Exoids” To Be Released At Comic-Con 2012

“Battle for Terra” Director Collaborates with Students to Create Micro-World Showdown in Post-Apocalyptic Los Angeles
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July 9, 2012 - PRLog -- LOS ANGELES - July 9, 2012 - Gnomon Studios (, the creative destination for authentic animation and visual effects training, today announced that its latest project “Exoids” will be premiered at Comic-Con, San Diego. Comic-Con attendees can view the short live at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects Booth #5563. “Exoids” is directed by Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas, who is best known for the acclaimed animated film “Battle for Terra”, as well as his work as a digital artist on films such as “Hellboy” and the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “Titanic”. Tsirbas worked through the entire “Exoids” production pipeline and process in collaboration with top students from Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, creating a singularly unique learning environment.

“Exoids” takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where two races of highly evolved insects reign as the only survivors: one bionic, endoskeletal and nomadic; the other robotic, exoskeletal and territorial. The story follows the octane-fueled adventures of the nomadic desert slug, Gus Nitrous, on his search for precious water. The story takes a dangerous turn as Gus ventures into the Exoids-occupied city of Los Angeles, culminating in a high-speed desert car chase that ends with an epic showdown.

“From concept through production, the ‘Exoids’ project has been a truly creative and insightful experience for myself as both an instructor and professional in the industry,” said Tsirbas. “Being able to collaborate with these talented up-and-coming artists, while observing their individual creative processes, has been an unforgettable experience. The film has wrapped up nicely and  will hopefully bring viewers a visually stunning experience upon it's release.”

An innovative training experience from Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the industry leader in professional training for artists in the entertainment and design field, Gnomon Studios prepares advanced Gnomon students for their professional careers by giving them the opportunity to work on projects in a studio environment under the guidance of actual production professionals. Through projects like “Exoids,” Gnomon students are able to take on various roles of a production team in a studio environment, thus coming away with an advanced form of training and experience to leverage when pursuing opportunities in the entertainment art and visual effects industries. As a result of it's industry connections and rigorous yet rewarding instruction, the Gnomon School boasts a 97 percent industry placement rate for 2011 graduates.

“‘Gnomon Studios, in many ways, represents what we believe is the ultimate internship for any aspiring entertainment artist looking to take the next leap,” said Alex Alvarez, founder and director of Gnomon School of Visual Effects. “Here, students not only get the chance to work with a seasoned professional who can speak to the trials and tribulations of a successful career, but are also encouraged to bring their own creative ideas into the fold. For these students, “Exoids” represents much more than simply being a helping hand and building a connection; it is their project to take ownership of and use as a platform to unveil their promise to the world.”

“Exoids” is set for its worldwide release beginning this week at Comic-Con. To view the film please visit:

About Gnomon Studios
To provide an authentic training experience, the structure of Gnomon Studios mirrors professional visual effects shops. Students work in various roles ranging from concept artists, animators, art directors and producers. Following industry production standards, the director of each project takes on the role of the external client. Gnomon founder Alex Alvarez and other Gnomon instructors and staff also serve as mentors who help guide students throughout the production process. Short films, such as Shane Acker‘s “Plus Minus“ and Aristomenis Tsirbas’ “Exoids,” will be the core production focuses of Gnomon Studios.

About Gnomon School of Visual Effects
Located in Hollywood, the epicenter of the entertainment industry, Gnomon School of Visual Effects is an innovative training facility that stresses the importance of creativity in digital entertainment production. The school believes that while new software tools help to create impressive computer-generated characters and worlds, it is not the technology that drives results, but the artist. All Gnomon instructors are specialized industry professionals who bring their experience and connections into the classroom to provide an outstanding start to the careers of the next generation of leading production artists. The results speak for themselves, as the Gnomon School of Visual Effects reports a 97% placement rate for 2011. 
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