Subject:
Paul Jessel

Birth:
Born in 1944. Buffalo, NY

Occupation/Title:
Animator, character animator, lead CG character animator, stop-motion animator

Bio Summary

Early Life/Family:
wife Marie Cenkner (also same age) met their freshmen year at Uni. Of Buffalo.

Education/Training:
BFA Uni. Of Buffalo and MFA Uni of Illinois at Champaign, majored in fine arts, painting

Career Outline:
· 1970-1986 Animator/Director at GoldSholl Associates

· 1986-1996 Animator/Director at Animasaur Productions (co-own and co-operate with his wife an animation studio in Illinois, founded by his wife in 1985)

· 1993-1996 Stop Motion Animator at Skellington Productions

· 1996-2009 Senior Animator at Sony Imageworks

· 2009-present Freelance Animator, Los Angeles

Comments On Style:
Stop-motion, Jessel says “extremely smooth life like motion. Some people mistake my stop-motion for computer animation! Up until Nightmare before Christmas, all of my stop-motion was done without frame capture assistance. I used surface gauges before then.”

Influences:
Ray Harryhausen, King Kong 1933. Though Jessel admits “Jim Danforth inspired me the most. His animation is very smooth and life like.” “In addition to early influences, I probably would not have gotten into stop motion and film animation if it were not for my childhood friend William C. Wind. He was the first person on the block to have a regular 8mm camera, Being the artist on the block I supplied him with glass paintings (crude but they worked) and animation effects for his amateur films. His enthusiasm for all things film especially Disney animation was infectious. You could say we were two of the earliest film effects geeks.”

Personality:
· Animation director Henry Selick says, “He's a great guy and one of the country's better animators. There are not that many good ones around. Before hiring animators for the picture, we looked at reels from everywhere, even England. But I knew of Paul's work before we hired him. He's a meticulous, well-rounded filmmaker. He'd spend days on a shot, and it would come out perfectly. Paul's work makes you believe a character is alive. He's a pleasure to work with, and I'd like to work with him again."

· Owner of Goldsholl Film and Design also describes Jessel as passionate, patience, talented and dedicated.

Anecdotes:
Jesse notes “my wife and I did the Hamburger Helper account for over twelve years. This is the longest run that a single studio team has worked on a national advertising account.”

Miscellaneous:

Filmography:
1. 2009 “G-Force” (Animator)
2. 2007 “Beowolf” (Animator)
3. 2006 “Monster House” (Animator)
4. 2005 “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (Animator)
5. 2004 “The Polar Express” (Animator)
6. 2002 “Stewart Little” (Animator)
7. 2002 “The Chubbchubbs!” (Animator)
8. 2001 “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (Animator)
9. 2000 “Hollow Man” (Animator)
10.1999 “Stuart Little” (Animator)
11.1997 “Starship Troopers” (Stop Motion)
12.1996 “James and the Giant Peach” (Animator)
13.1996 “Oblivion 2 : Backlash” (Animator)
14.1995 “Mosquito” (Animator)
15.1994 “Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter”
16.1994 “Dragonworld” (Animator)
17.1994 “Oblivion (Animator)
18.1993 “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (Animator)
19.1993 “Robot Wars” (Animator)
20.1989 “Robot Jox 2: Robot Wars” (Animator)
21.1988 “Ghoulies II” (Stop Motion Assistant)
22.1988 “Pulse Pounders” (Animators)
23.1987 “Christmas Every Day” (TV)

Honors:
· “animated film "Dog License" received a standing ovation at the 1978 Chicago Film Festival”

· Best of Festival Award at the 1971 Zagreb, Yugoslavia, animation competition

· Bronze Medal by the International Film and TV Festival for the "Can You Top This?" commercial for McDonald's

· Certificate of Distinction in the W.B. Doner creativity competition for the insecticide commercial "Green Bug-Chinch Bug"

· “personal films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York”

CLEO AWARDS
Certificate of Distinction Quasar: "Ultimate TV"

Certificate of Distinction Manufacturers' Bank: "Goals"

INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TV FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK

Silver Medal "A Line On Fanfares"

Silver Medal CBS: "NFL Super Bowl XIV"

Bronze Medal WGN: "7 O'clock Movie Opener"

Bronze Medal McDonald's: "Can You Top This"

VIRGIN ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Gold Medal National Endowment For The Arts: "Short Film Opener"

HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Gold Award CBS: "NFL Super Bowl XIV"

Gold Award "Wicks Home Furnishings"

Gold Award "Rocker"

Silver Award "A Line On Fanfares"

Bronze Award "ACE Hardware"

Bronze Award McDonald's: "Writing Flair"

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Gold Award WGN: "7 O'clock Movie Opener"

TELLY AWARDS
Finalist "Rocker"

Finalist WGN: "7 O'clock Movie Opener"

Finalist "WGN: TV Presents"

THE BROADCAST DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION

Gold Award "WGN Mystery Theater"

Related Links:

Bibliographic References:
· http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-01-23/features/9401230170_1_stop-motion-fine-arts-degrees-animation-footage
· https://vimeo.com/user6131724
· http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0422186/
· http://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-jessel/13/218/bb6

Contributors To This Listing:
Paul Jessel
Phi Le

Animators Hall of Fame