gnomondvdcamerar_model_s01The Gnomon Workshop announces the second DVD title from acclaimed filmmaker Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas. This DVD, titled Camera Fundamentals for Layout: Digital Cinematography, provides a unique insight into the world of digital cinematography, cameras and staging, from the unique vantage point of the director.




Meni breaks down one of his award-winning short films, dissecting sequences, demonstrating a wide range of concepts, including camera motion, zoom factor, and depth of field.  He also addresses what is commonly referred to as the “digital curse” in relation to creating polished and realistic camera animations. This DVD will prove invaluable to any artist looking to give their shots and animations a professional look.  


In this DVD, director Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas covers the basics of one of CG animation’s least understood components: camera and staging, specifically in the context of effective storytelling. By breaking open one of his award-winning short films Meni reveals his creative process for designing a sequence to play clearly and dramatically. Story beats are broken down, camera motions are developed, and important narrative tools such as zoom factor and depth of field are explained. A detailed Do’s and Don’ts section guides the viewer to create polished, compelling, and tasteful camera animation by addressing proper use of motion curves, avoiding the ‘digital curse’, and overlaying the right amount of camera shake.      


Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas has been directing for film and TV for over ten years and has fifteen years experience as a visual effects supervisor and digital artist. His professional career started in 1996, working as a digital artist on James Cameron’s Titanic and national advertising spots for Nike, 7UP and Coca-Cola. As a visual effects supervisor Meni worked on Miramax’s A Wrinkle in Time, Disney’s My Favorite Martian and Paramount’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Between 2000 and 2003 Tsirbas wrote and directed a string of highly successfu