The Gnomon Workshop

Creating Relatable Characters with MPC


Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

What goes into creating characters and creatures that audiences across the globe can connect with? Find out on Thursday, February 21st when MPC, the world-renowned visual effects and production company, joins us on the Lenovo Stage at Gnomon to discuss the workflows and thought process behind some of their most well-known characters creations.


Hear first-hand from artists behind MPC's creature work, who will be talking on the importance of planning, the software used, and the challenges they often face. From students to professionals, audience members of all levels will be able to take something away from these in-depth discussions as the presenters do a deep dive into designing and creating relatable characters and creatures.


Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP and arrive in good time to secure a place in line. Attendee check-in will open at approximately 6:30 PM; a valid Eventbrite RSVP will be required to get an event wristband.



Gnomon School of VFX's full-time programs and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.


Image courtesy of MPC

Guest Speakers

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Ryan McDougal
Head of CG

After working as an animator for several years on projects including X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Ryan shifted to commercial work at studios including The Mill, Psyop, A52 | Elastic, Buck, Zoic Studios and Framestore before ultimately landing at MPC, where he is currently Head of CG. Ryan has also taught at Hollywood-based Gnomon School of Visual Effects, with a focus on look development.
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Michael Gregory
Creative Director

Joining the LA studio in 2016 after 13 years at MPC’s London studio, Michael leads the team’s VFX artists as a Creative Director. His portfolio includes some of the industry’s most acclaimed commercials, including Samsung’s ‘Do What You Can’t’ spot, Cadbury’s ‘Spots v Stripes’ and Channel 4’s ‘Meet the Superhumans’ spot and ‘Street Summer’ campaign.

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Dan Seddon
VFX Supervisor

Dan Seddon is a VFX Supervisor with over 20 years of experience in both feature films and commercials. He has supervised major films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kong: Skull Island, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His commercial portfolio includes global brands such as Comcast, Halo, Pepsi and Guinness. On the tech side, his software has been featured in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.