... and they say "It's not us, honest!"
Gnomon top-kick Alex Alvarez explains that Gnomon is innocent of exploiting student labor:
...Gnomon is NOT a vfx vendor marketing our services to producers. We do not have a website or a producer trying to bring in work ...
Regarding Green Lantern and Fringe, these two jobs were flukes that represent about six weeks of work over the past nine months. As we had just started the studio to work on Plus Minus, I figured I'd put the job through the studios so that students there could get some exposure to the kind of work I do. This was really just a few weeks and the students who worked on it have since graduated and are now at Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, ILM, Gentle Giant, etc. Fringe was the same thing as I have a relationship with Bad Robot. Another fluke that just lasted a couple weeks ......
So we got that, everybody? Alex doesn't run a studio where Gnomon students work for free, except for when he does. If the work, you know, drops into his lap.
(Frankly, this long-winded explanation of how Mr. Alvarez is not in the business of "doing this kind of thing" while confessing that he does indeed do this kind of thing, is bewildering.
You can't say "I don't rob banks!" if at the same time you're admitting that you knocked off a small Wells Fargo branch in Panorama City because it was A) just kind of there and B) was really just a "happy accident."
Where we come from, that still counts as a bank heist. Or are we missing something?)
But it's certainly good to know that Gnomon Studios doesn't exploit student labor.
(Add On: Alex says students won't be doing any more production work. Let's hope that's correct.)