Barry E. Jackson (Barry Jackson)

Birth: – Born May 18, 1954, Omaha Nebraska

Production Designer, Author

Bio Summary –
Barry E. Jackson is a production designer and author with a variety of
experiences, taking him from project to project. Although he was born
in Omaha, he was raised in Lompoc California. His most notable credits
include films such as *The Prince of Egypt*, *Nightmare Before Christmas*,
and *Shrek*.

Early Life/Family –

Education/Training –

Career Outline –
Jackson worked on the animated Lord of the Rings movies in the 70s
and 80s at Backstreet Productions then moved on as a freelance
illustrator, creating movie posters and advertisements. From 1987 to 1991
Jackson moved to New York designing Record album covers and magazine
articles eventually moving back to California for animation. He became an
animatic director for Electronic Arts for projects such as *Ant Bully*.
Currently he is doing development work at Blue Sky and has recently
contributed to creating the titles for *Oz, the Great and Powerful*.
Jackson has also written his own children’s book titled, “Danny

Comments on Style –
His works display a wide range of techniques and mediums with excellent
rendering and clear definitions of action and characteristics.

Influences –

Personality –
Barry Jackson has very open personality, choosing his words carefully
and through his tone of voice is evident that he has done a lot
through his career. When we talked on the phone he was very accommodating
despite the limited time he had.

Anecdotes –
His children’s book is currently being auctioned to be made into a
film, with him writing a script or screenplay or developing a storyboard.

Miscellaneous –

Filmography –
Art Department
1981 – American Pop (designer, as Barry Jackson)
1990 – Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (TV Short) (poster artist, as Barry Jackson)
1992 – Cool World (concept designer, uncredited)
1998 – The Prince of Egypt (visual development)
2000 – Titan A.E. (conceptual designer, as Barry Jackson)
2000 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (concept illustrator)
2008 – Horton Hears a Who! (concept artist)

Animation Department
1978 – The Lord of the Rings (landscape painter, as Barry Jackson)
1981 – American Pop (layout artist, as Barry Jackson)
1985 – Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (key background painter, as Barry Jackson)
1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas (additional character designer, as Barry Jackson)

Production Designer
1999 – Los Gringos (short)
2006 – The Ant Bully
2010 – Firebreather (TV Movie) (as Barry Jackson)
2013 – Escape from Planet Earth

Miscellaneous Crew
2001 – Shrek (pre-production: Los Angeles, as Barry Jackson)
2003 – Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (video game) (story director, as Barry Jackson)

Visual Effects
2000 – Titan A.E. (digital artist, as Barry Jackson)

Honors –
Annie: Best Production Design in an Animated Television Production, Firebreather (nominated, 2011)

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Contributors to this Listing –
Barry E. Jackson
Zachary Onaga

Animators Hall of Fame