Data is Coming: Game of Thrones Animator Comes to Dublin

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The lead animator at Pixomondo for Game of Thrones is coming to Talent Garden Dublin The global phenomenon that is Game of Thrones has come to an end, and with a record viewership of over 17M people, it has captured the imagination of millions of people across the world. Talent Garden Dublin is giving members of the public a chance to get closer to the creative production process and learn how the Game of Thrones dragons were brought to life by hosting a free workshop entitled ‘Creating the Dragons of Game of Thrones’. Attendees will get the inside scoop from multi-award winner and Game of Thrones Animator at Pixomondo, Jonathan Symmonds, and explore the process of creating multi-layered interactive models and delve into details on shading, anatomy and reactive light effects. Taking place at 6.30pm on June 20th, Jonathan will share his secrets into the production, creation and animation of the dragons of Game of Thrones – a GoT fanatic’s heaven!

Further Training Available

In addition, Jonathan will be joining Talent Garden Innovation School faculty on June 20th and 21st, to host a Data Visualisation Masterclass alongside Dr. Finn Macleod, Founder of Beautiful Data and Dr. Finn Macleod has built, sold and designed dashboards for clients such as Thomson-Reuters, Formula 1 (via Meshh) and Heineken.

Data visualisation is having a big impact across the corporate world. No matter what the business size, there is an increasing need to extract value from data. This Masterclass will demonstrate best practice, top design patterns and a workflow that takes you from raw data to impressive and persuasive visuals, with Jonathan illustrating the unique strengths of an animated approach and how to take data visualisation to the next level with movement, 3D, light and texture effects.

Learn how to use the latest tools, such as Charticulator and Data Illustrator, that are vital for dashboard design, pitch decks and any other situations where you need to communicate numerical data clearly. This Masterclass will help participants to interpret and uncover new insights from data quicker, more creatively and with greater impact. Relevant to all sectors including banking, retail, insurance, marketing and healthcare, it is not necessary to have a technical background in data analysis to benefit from this masterclass.


Creating the Dragons of Game of Thrones Event

Date: June 20th

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm

Where: Talent Garden Dublin, Claremont Avenue, Glasnevin, D11, D11 YNR2

Cost: FREE

Register Here.

Data Visualisation Masterclass

Date: June 20th or 21st (1 day Masterclass) Time: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Where: Talent Garden Dublin, Claremont Avenue, Glasnevin, D11, D11 YNR2

Cost: €750 (15% early bird discount available until May 31st)

To register, contact Talent Garden here.

About Talent Garden

Talent Garden is Europe’s largest co-working network and innovation hub operator, with Talent Garden Innovation School being at the very centre of its proposition to create a digital and tech ecosystem among its community. Providing practical, industry-led training across all areas of digital innovation, it’s the first of its kind in Ireland, with expert faculty from companies such as Intel, Revolut, Alt-MBA, IKEA, IBM, BBC and Google on board.

Its approach is to focus on practical learning – closing the skill gap through market focused, accelerated and immersive learning with a range of Masterclasses and Bootcamps that cover a wide range of topics including Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, UX Design, and Executive Mindset. This people driven school is made up of a multidisciplinary faculty of technologists, storytellers, innovators, educators, philosophers, researchers, designers, psychologists and business creators, who are all leaders in their respective fields and have incredible knowledge to share.

Talent Garden is the leading European digital innovation hub and co-working ecosystem. Founded in Brescia, Italy, Talent Garden has now grown its network across 18 European cities and is hosting over 3,500 digital professionals in 23 campuses across 8 countries. Unlike real estate driven international co-working operators, Talent Garden puts education and innovation at its core in developing its tech community. It focuses on new ways to transform and connect the flexible work and education environments that are being demanded by digital entrepreneurs and businesses undergoing a digital transformation.


Jonathan Symmonds, Lead Animator at Pixomondo for Game of Thrones

Co-founder of Sophoria Visual Effects Studio. With over 18 years of experience in the film and games industry, Jonathan has worked on James Cameron’s Avatar, Trollhunter, Where the Wild Things Are, Prince of Persia, Dark Tide and more. More recently, Jonathan lead the animation departments for season 5, 6, 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones at Pixomondo in Germany. Jonathan has also been nominated three times for a VES Award.


Dr. Finn Macleod, Founder of Beautiful Data and

Dr. Finn Macleod is a former Mathematician with a PhD in predictive complexity. He has built, sold and designed dashboards for clients such as Thomson-Reuters, Formula 1 (via Meshh) and Heineken. Finn and Edward Kibardin (the ex-chief Data Scientist of Badoo) partner on the project DataRefiner, a hybrid tool that uses deep learning and TDA (topological data analysis) to understand and segment complex data sets. Finn has also been known to do improv theatre in his spare time.


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