Life at Wittenberg
Graduation Year: 2001
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Studio Art
Non Course Activities: Departmental thesis on Image Filtering
Math/ Comp Sci department involvement: Internships at NASA VSEP and Datatel
Most helpful classes: All of the programming classes were helpful (I'm a programmer now!). I felt they taught me the foundation I needed to write successful programs after college and easily pick up other languages along the way. I wish that we would've had a more advanced programming course teaching more OOP and design in C++.
Courses You Wish You Would’ve Taken: I wish that we would've had a more intense computer graphics course. The intro course I took at the University of Utah was 1000% more difficult than the Wittenberg course and I felt completely under-prepared. I wish I would've had more knowledge of the types of problems in CG before I got to Utah so I would've had a better idea of the direction I should follow.
Graduation Year: 2003
School: University of Utah
Degree: Masters in Computer Graphics
First Job: FX developer, PDI/DreamWorks Animation
Current Job: FX Artist
I’m an effects artist at PDI/DreamWorks, the Redwood City branch of DreamWorks Animation. I split my time doing effects for shots in our feature animated films and developing systems to facilitate the work our department does.
Salary: $85,000 – 1300,000
Possible Internships: PDI/DreamWorks’ effects department does not hire interns for either development or effects work. Our R&D department sometimes has intern opportunities but they’re rare. If available, they’re looking for very skilled programmers who have a lot of knowledge about rendering.
Marital status: Single
New Hobbies: I enjoy photography, cooking, hiking, snowboarding, and trying to find the best restaurants in San Francisco.
Email: jason AT jasonwaltman.com
Currently Living in: San Francisco, California Updated 4/11/09