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New Gnomon Instructors for Maya Fast Track Program

Gnomon School of Visual Effects has revamped its lineup of teachers for the Maya Fast Track Program. Eric Hanson (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW), award-winning digital artist Meats Meier, Sean Mills (SMALLVILLE) and Joshua Reiss (HOLLOW MAN) have joined long-time instructors Alex Alvarez (Gnomon founder) and Darrin Krumweide on the Fast Track roster. The Maya Fast Track Program is a nine-week immersion in Alias Maya and how it is used in a 3D production pipeline. The winter term program runs from Jan. 17 through March 18, 2005.

The new lineup of instructors and dates for winter term are as follows:* Introduction to Maya taught by Meier, Jan. 17-21* Surface Modeling taught by Hanson, Jan. 24-28* Polygon Modeling taught by Mills, Jan. 31-Feb. 4* Texture Mapping taught by Hanson, Feb. 7-11* Lighting and Rendering taught by Alvarez, Feb. 14-18* Animation and Visual Effects taught by Krumweide, Feb. 21- 25* Character Kinematics taught by Reiss, Feb. 28-March 4* Character Skinning taught by Reiss, March 7-11* Particles and Dynamics taught by Alvarez, March 14-21

Meier will also teach a one-week Introduction to Pixologic ZBrush class preceding the Fast Track. The ZBrush class is Jan. 10 through 14. Tuition for the Maya Fast Track is $9,000. But the one-week classes can be taken individually for $1,625 each. Tuition includes instruction from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and three hours of lab time each day from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects ( is a professional institute specializing in training for visual effects for film, television and games. Located in the heart of Hollywood, they offer a full curriculum for individuals wanting careers in 3D, professionals in need of specialized training, and custom training for production studios. The Gnomon curriculum has been approved by the Alliance for Digital Production Trainers (ADEPT), whose members include training managers from studios, including Rhythm & Hues Studios, Cinesite, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Imageworks.