June's Contributor of the Month - JesterCGI

vette · June 4, 2001 10:14 am

View Jester CGI's store (click here) Who is Jester CGI? He's a little green monkey that lives in the back of my head. Well. Actually the "Jester" part is a nickname from my days of graffiti and multi colored dreadlocks. The "CGI" came in as a way to differentiate between my 2D and my 3D art. CGI. Computer Generated Imagery. As for me personally, I'm a 28-year-old (29 on the 3rd) punk rocker from Cincinnati, but I've spent the last 7 years working in the Hollywood Special Effects industry. In that time I've managed to get my name on an Emmy, to get listed as one of the worlds top 10 computer animators by CGW, and subliminally add my name to the animation in 14 different movies and TV shows. How long have you been rendering? I got my start 7 years ago on an Amiga 2000. Just 33 Mhz and 16 Megs of RAM. Not as long ago as one might imagine. We did the whole first season of "Babylon 5" on those things. What are you currently working on? I've been looking for Waldo a lot lately. Have you seen him??? Aside from that, I have a "Killer Eels" movie in the works for FOX. A kid's show I created is in development at FOX Kids and I might be Visual Effects Supervisor on "the THING 2". Other than that, I'm board out of my mind. Why do you like 3D art? I wouldn't really say that I like "3D art". I like moving art. Animation in the true sense of the word. Movement where nature didn't create it. Still art represents a glimpse into someone's thoughts and feelings, but animation can convey the whole story. What inspires you? That's a good question. And there's a broad range of answers to it. One thing is to sit in a dark theater with a crowd of people you've never met and hear them gasp with fright or awe in wonder at something you did. It makes you want to do something else so you can hear it again. Another thing is to see a piece and not really know if it is CG or not. It makes you think "WOW! I wonder if I can make something that realistic?" and then I go and try. How has this online community enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? Renderosity has given me a chance to branch out to the rest of the world and see what other people are doing in 3D. Hollywood can be a bit stifling creatively. If I have a problem with a shot I'm working on, I don't want to hear that we can fix it by going into a Flame ($2,000,000.00 machine). I like to think that there are no limits to what I can do myself. People tend to get lazy at the professional level, take the easy way out and let someone else do it. The community of Renderosity represents people that think out of the box. They don't listen to others that say, "the software can't handle it". They figure out a way to do it. No matter what level I may reach, I always want to be a part of that. ThanX, Elliot Worman JesterCGI

Article Comments

Deberus ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 June 2001

How did you get by with, " Amiga 2000 33 Mhz and 16 Megs of RAM..." producing the "whole first season of "Babylon 5" ". That was a great show, and I believe a breakthrough show for the syndicated, heavy CGI shows that came after? After the first season, what sys. did you upgrade to as the CGI became more prolific? Thanks, Deberus

trevor3000 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 June 2001

congratulations Elliot and great products!

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 June 2001

Congratulations Elliot, I think you know by now, we love your work!

MplsOiBoi ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 June 2001

Hey, bud... I'm just getting out of school and looking to get into the same biz you're doing now. Any tips you could give a guy looking for a break? Cheers! MplsOiBoi P.S. Seen any good shows lately??

hmatienzo ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 05 June 2001

You worked on B5??? I envy you!!! Got any bloopers to tell? Heike the Garibaldi Fanatic

Syyd ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 05 June 2001

Hey Elliot!!!!!! Wow, B5, thats exciting, my favorite sci fi show. Did you continue on with B5 through each season? Well, as you know, I use a lot of your store products, and enjoy them very much. Its great having you here, and seeing you up on the front page again. I enjoyed your spotlight forum very much and thank you for the suggestions.

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Hellmark ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 June 2001

haha, heike loves b5!

Vethril ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 June 2001

Oh, maybe it was only 33MHZ, and 16 Ram, but you created magic with Bablyon 5. I am not a television watcher in the least, but your story there, and the beautiful effects of the worlds you created hooked me from start to finish in that epic. A grand and perfectly done story, full of romance, the magic of technology, and mystique. Thank you for helping to create Babylon 5. It is still, along with Highlander, the highwatermark of fantasy and grand tales in the last decade of all television. =)

JesterCGI ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 June 2001

Hey All, Just thought I'd chime in and answer a few Q's. Near the end of second season we got P100s with 64megs of ram and 17" monitors. I left at the end of second season. As far as bloopers go. I had B5 casting a shadow on the planet once. Oops. Point of interest. Sci-Fi channel is currently running the "Wide Screen" version of B5 We never made one. (They're just cutting off the top and bottom.) Getting' into the industry, eh? Well, a good demo reel that has lots of diversity. Whatever you do Do NOT try to tell a story. We need to know you can work on multiple projects, not just one. ThanX for all the great comments. I knew there was a reason I liked you people JesterCGI

KenS ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 June 2001

Congradulations on your achievemnets, although not very vocal about it, I really hold a great admiration for your work. And I hope you stick around our community for a very long time.

Billy ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 June 2001

Anyone who can work with Ron Thornton and survive has got my vote. That guy knows how to party :)Babylon 5 will always be the thinking mans Star Trek and made me get Lightwave for my Amiga 1200. 45 mins a frame, those where the days. Congratulations, love your work.

angola ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 June 2001

Don't you just hate it when these upstart smarty-pant successful types seem like they're really nice guys!

CGI_Waldo ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 09 June 2001

I've been looking for Waldo a lot lately.< Sorry about that, I've been in hiding. I guess it just makes your job harder, eh? Ciao, Waldo http://www.milamberart.com

DigitalArtist ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 09 June 2001

Congratulations :] As for a question: You said you created a FOX kids show - any chance of that being Max Steele? What other movies/Shows have you done? -Matt 3DCommune Moderator http://www.3dcommune.com

Eurydice ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 11 June 2001

Max Steele is Wb show ..Action man is fox ..least in my neck of woods (nyc) Congrats on great career may it continue in such a fashion ..hell may mine but half as good ... ta ta

DemolitionMan ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 18 June 2001

I still keep hearing amazing things about those Amigas..years later...lol...geez all I ever did on my brother in laws was play mule..hehehe. Or was that on his commador...lol... And wow you worked on B5..I love that series...! Thanks for being a part of this community having people like you is what makes this city with many personalitys so awe inspiring and unique...;) And your products are fantastic....I hope to obtain your level of skill some day.....:)

JanP ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 19 June 2001

Wow, B5! Now that is one TV epic that actually had me sitting on the edge of my seat many times. Great story and great graphics. I remember telling people it was done using lightwave and they didn't believe me. You must be using one of the other tools mentioned in this forum these days. I mean, you are way beyond the need for a consumer level program like Poser. I agree with your demo suggestion. I think one should show that they can animate, create a wonderful scene using low poly count models, and also create a scene using a very highly detailed model. One thing that is looked for is composition and lighting. any budding videographer. JanP