In 2010 Meni began creating, producing and directing his next original film and started with the idea of insects being the only survivors in a post apocalyptic world. The idea quickly developed into a story of dueling races: one organic, one robotic. Insects became slugs and the robots became sinister synthetic life forms called Exoids (short for Exoskeletal Androids).
This first film introduces the world, main character Gus Nitrous, several Exoids, and a high-octane car chase across a post-nuclear Californian desert.
Exoids is an action-oriented animated story that introduces one part of a larger future world.
ABOUT GNOMON STUDIOS
Gnomon Studios is the content creation wing of the Gnomon School of Visual effects. Resident director Aristomenis Tsirbas develops, directs, and runs the wide variety of projects at this highly creative studio. Select students have the unique opportunity to intern at Gnomon Studios and get invaluable professional experience before entering the job market.
MeniThings is the production company for director Aristomenis Tsirbas. The company was founded in 2000 and has created multiple award winning films including the Sundance hit "The Freak" and the theatrical feature film "Battle for Terra". Menithings is currently partnered with Gnomon Studios to create a series of films, including the recent 'Exoids'.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas has been directing film and TV for over 10 years and works in both live action and animation. He also has 15 years experience as a visual effects supervisor and digital artist.
Meni was born in Montreal, Canada and majored in film production at Concordia University. In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles to work 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 successful animated short films including SIGGRAPH’s Ray Tracey in Full Tilt, Microsoft’s Mech Warrior: Vengeance,Terra, and the acclaimed The Freak. In 2004 Tsirbas worked on two back-to-back music videos including Tears For Fears’ Closest Thing To Heaven before setting off to direct his first feature film, Battle for Terra.
Meni's latest writing/directing projects include the short film Anthro, and most recently, Exoids. Meni is the resident director at GNOMON STUDIOS.