Back to About Us Jerry Jeffress
Email: jerry@jamworks.net

JaMworks
P.O. Box 73
Herberton, Q 4872
Australia

My wife Melissa and I are partners in JaMworks. We specialise in multimedia development with local content, Internet and educational matters, and sustainable living concerns. This CV reflects the past as our current activities are represented on the JaMworks web site.

Naturalised Australian Citizen - In 1987 we immigrated to Australia and have lived in a solar powered house in the bush of Far North Queensland for the past eleven years. We became Australian citizens in 1990.

Education:
UC Berkeley: Chemistry, 1959-64
ZD University: VRML 1, VRML 2, Java 1, 2, 3; 1997-98
I am an active member of the Internet community and continue to take online courses.

Experience: 1995-99: Webmaster of Bushnet: http://www.bushnet.qld.edu.au

J&M Jeffress Consulting Projects: Production of CDrom: A Celebration of Rural Life. We created the multimedia style of the CD using the newest high quality video viewers and java language controls. The look and feel of the CD is innovative and fun. Funded by PCAP Northern, the CD focuses on two remote, rural communities in Far North Queensland and provides local information in the form of images, sound, video and text with the intention of attracting professionals such as teachers, medical personnel, and police for the community. All post-production work was done in our solar powered home.

Continuing digital publishing and/or media workshops in remote schools in remote, rural Far North Queensland. These workshops are student oriented and typically last one week. Teachers' professional development is sometimes included.

Digital Publishing Projects in two remote, rural schools in Far North Queensland: a school magazine and a collection of stories written and illustrated by students.

How to Create a Digital Publication. This book (hard copy) describes the digital publishing experiences of two remote, rural schools in Far North Queensland and explains in detail the process of digital publication. Colour illustrated. We also published World Wide Web pages for one of the schools: a collection of stories written and illustrated by students. May be viewed at: http://www.bushnet.qld.edu.au/pcap/books/intro.htm

1987-94: Co-presenter in the Internet Roadshow which toured North Queensland schools and led to the creation of Bushnet, the first network of internet connected schools in Far North Queensland. I created the Bushnet home page and worked as the BushNet education project officer.

I also sold my handmade sterling silver jewellery and original computer artworks in several local outlets and in the U.S.A.. I designed a low cost, locally manufactured, low head water turbine. I wove ethnic Navajo Rugs in the traditional manner.

1983-1987: Owner and President of Software Systems and Associates, a company that designed and manufactured a line of state of the art Optical Printer Controllers, Special Effects Equipment for the Film industry, and a software package used in computer graphics film production. An example of my software was the 1987-88 Australia ABC Sunday Night Movie Logo. I designed and executed a complete animation sequence in Star Trek III.

1979-1983: Head of the Electronics Department at I.L.M., the Special Effects division of LucasFilm. My department of nine people designed and constructed all of the electronic effects equipment used at I.L.M. during these formative years.

1975-1979: Consultant and designer of the first Motion Control Systems used for special effects on the film STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the THIRD KIND.

1972-1975: Owner and President of Interface Systems Inc. a company that designed custom computer interface cards for the University of California at Berkeley and NASA Ames Research Facility.

1968-1972: Operations Manager for the Low Visibility Aircraft Simulator at NASA Ames Research Facility.

1966-1968: Quality Control Chemist for Durkee's Famous Foods, Berkeley CA.

1965: One year trip to the Canadian north for fun!

Other Achievements:

Academy Award in 1989 for creative advancement to the field of Motion Control.

Academy Award in 1986 for the BOSS Film ZAP Optical Printer.

Nominated for Academy Award in 1981 for the Empire camera System and the Beam Splitter Composite Printer at I.L.M.

Academy Award, 1977, the invention of Motion Control.

Co-author of the chapters on Motion Control and its uses in the sixth edition of the American Cinematographers Manual.

Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (U.S.A. 1979-1985).

Member of ANZSES

I have been interviewed in the Hewlett Packard Journal, Science 80, and by BBC Television. I have talked about my work over the years to Scientists and six year old children.

The following is a partial list of my film credits:

STAR WARS DRAGONSLAYER BUCK ROGERS
CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE THIRD KIND E.T. STAR TREK II
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK POLTERGEIST STAR TREK III
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 2010 POLTERGEIST II
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM GHOSTBUSTERS FRIGHT NIGHT
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA THE BOY WHO COULD FLY RETURN OF THE JEDI