Howard Gersh

Howard Gersh

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First Name * Howard
Last Name * Gersh
Username * howdog
Country * USA
City Novato


Availability: Freelance


Howard Gersh’s work has appeared in over two dozen major motion pictures including the Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchises.

During his tenure at George Lucas’ visual effects division, Industrial Light Magic (ILM), Howard wore many hats. From compositing the Viet Nam war memorial crowd scenes in the Academy Award™ winning Forrest Gump to more recently lighting the photorealistic Davy Jones character and his crew of computer generated pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean, Howard helped to create some of the most memorable and fantastic images ever to grace the silver screen.

Prior to ILM, Howard began working at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Hollywood. It was here where Howard first learned the software and computer graphics production techniques relating to the positions of Digital Modeler, Compositor and Technical Director. As a Digital Artist at Rhythm & Hues, Howard worked on a variety of television spots including the award winning and ever popular Coca-Cola polar bear campaign.

In addition to working in the motion picture industry, Howard’s personal artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City (a juried exhibition); at various art shows throughout San Francisco and has been published in leading illustration annuals including Exposé 1: Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe and Spectrum 8: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. He has created artwork for private, corporate and nonprofit clients.

Howard earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. He also studied art and design, as well as animation, film and video production.

Howard currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their three boys.


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