Gnomon School of Visual Effects ... today revealed that it has established Gnomon Studios, where advanced Gnomon students prepare for professional careers by working on short films in a studio environment under the guidance and mentorship of production professionals. Gnomon Studios is currently working on Academy Award-nominated Director Shane Acker’s new short film, “Plus Minus.”
Maybe we're misreading this completely and jumping to horrid conclusions, but this sounds remarkably like viz effx students paying money to work on somebody's professional film for zero or minimal wages ...
Short films such as Acker’s ... will be the core production focus of Gnomon Studios. Alvarez also expects Gnomon Studios to contribute to the occasional feature project when opportunities arise, as was the case with the facility’s recent contributions to the 2011 film “Green Lantern” and the popular TV series, “Fringe.”
The advanced students? Doesn't it ... uh ... seem like they're paying hefty tuitions to help somebody's feature film or television series keep costs down? (I mean, you can buy yourself a whole lot of labor when the going price is zip.)
Or are we being unduly suspicious, cynical and paranoid?