Resident director Aristomenis Tsirbas develops, directs, and runs the wide variety of projects at this unique and highly creative studio. Select students have the unique opportunity to intern at Gnomon Studios, and get invaluable professional experience before entering the job market.
Gnomon School of Visual Effects is an innovative training facility that offers artistic and technical training for careers in the visual effects and games industries, with both structured programs and individual courses. In March of 2011, Fast Company Magazine included Gnomon School of Visual Effects in its list of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in Film.
All of Gnomon's instructors are current working professionals from studios such as Blizzard Entertainment, Naughty Dog, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Disney, and Digital Domain. Gnomon graduates have gone on to work at film and game studios such as Digital Domain, EA, Weta Digital, Double Negative, Zoic Studios, Sony Interactive, Rhythm & Hues and more.
Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas has been directing film and TV for over 10 years and works in both live action and animation. He also has 15 years experience as a visual effects supervisor and digital artist.
Meni was born in Montreal, Canada and majored in film production at Concordia University. In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles to work on James Cameron's Titanic and national advertising spots for Nike, 7UP and Coca-Cola. As a visual effects supervisor Meni worked on Miramax's A Wrinkle in Time, Disneys' My Favorite Martian and Paramount's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Between 2000 and 2003 Tsirbas wrote and directed a string of highly successful animated short films including SIGGRAPH's Ray Tracey in Full Tilt, Microsoft's Mech Warrior: Vengeance, Terra, and the acclaimed The Freak. In 2004 Tsirbas worked on two back-to-back music videos including Tears For Fears' Closest Thing To Heaven before setting off to direct his first feature film, Battle for Terra.
Meni's latest writing/directing projects include the short film Anthro, and most recently, Exoids. Meni is the resident director at Gnomon Studios.