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“Few teachers have the natural ability to communicate and impart knowledge as Jon. He makes even the most confusing concepts and techniques easily understandable. I’ve learned some very valuable lessons from Jon.”

Ron Thornton

Award-winning VFX Supervisor and Recognized Industry Pioneer Star Trek The Motion Picture, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek: Enterprise, Buffy The Vampire Slayer

“Not only did I become proficient in recognizing these effects through Jon’s help, but I have recently been able to flag aesthetic errors that even A-list companies did not notice when delivering composites. Many details that I considered to be possibly too specific while in Jon’s class have turned out to be very important and critical assets to my ability to do my job. I appreciate all that Jon Gress taught me, and consider him to be one of the greatest mentors and instructors to have helped me get to where I am.”

Alex Heffner

Lead Stereoscopic artist at StereoD Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Terminator Genisys, Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men, Godzilla, Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man 3, Titanic, Jurrasic Park, Terminator 2, Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness, RIPD

“Jon’s lessons have prepared me to tackle problems that more experienced artists were struggling with, which helped to promote me from a junior compositor to a lead artist 6 months into my first job after school.”

Chris Montesano

Stereo VFX Compositor Deluxe 3D, LLC The Avengers, Titanic, Mad Max; Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, Everest, Jurassic World, San Andreas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, Star Trek Into Darkness, Thor, Fringe, Iron Man 3, The Wolverine

“4 years ago I didn’t see myself working in the Movie industry at all, as a matter of fact I didn’t think I would ever see my name on the big screen. So for all your help when I was in School and even this day I thank you for not only what you taught me but for being what I would consider a friend, I thank you very much for being a mentor and someone I can definitely call a friend.”

Errol Hanse

VFX Compositor The Expendables, The Mechanic, Olympus Has Fallen, Drive Angry, Stolen, Conan The Barbarian

“Jon Gress is among the rare breed of VFX artists who can move seamlessly between problem solving on a production and imparting his experience in the classroom. Jon brings a contagious energy to anything he is involved with, and he is passionate about the craft of filmmaking.”

William Vaughan

Author, Animation Industry Authority, Expert 3D Modeler/Animator, Industry Recognized 3D & Animation Instructor

 “I started out as an entry level compositor and in 3 short years, have moved on to become a Lead Compositor and am currently now a VFX Supervisor. All thanks to the skills foundation I learned during Jon’s class. I’ve worked on movies such as The Expendables, Drive Angry 3D, The Mechanic, Conan the Barbarian, Spiders 3D and more.”

Amy Putrynski

VFX Supervisor Worldwide FX The Expendables, Drive Angry 3D, The Mechanic, Conan the Barbarian, Spiders 3D, Olympus Has Fallen

“Personally I found Jons teaching invaluable to the everyday work that I am producing at the moment. Jon’s curriculum covers many skills and techniques, at the time I thought to myself when might I use these, but I honestly use them all the time.” Wez Froud

CG Generalist, Prime Focus London - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2, Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides, Xmen:First Class, John Carter, Snow White & the Huntsman, Total Recall, 47 Ronin, James Bond - Skyfall

“[Jon] was the first to teach me about camera projection, which I’ve used heavily in my job to make 2D stills function with parallax on 3D objects; VERY useful for making a matte painting come to life, amongst other uses. In fact, that trick was used largely on one of the environments in Terra Nova and landed my CG supervisor a VES nomination for best environment in a series.” Ed Ruiz II

Lead CG Artist - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Lost, Fringe and nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Ghost Whisperer, Encore Hollywood

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