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Judson Rosebush Biography

2002

   Judson Rosebush is a director and producer of multimedia products and computer animation, an author, artist and media theorist. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1969 and received a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He has worked in radio and television broadcasting, film and video production, sound, print, and hypermedia, including CD-ROM and the Internet. He combines this experience in media production with an ability to articulate the role of media in the world and the impact of digital technologies on the future. A frequent lecturer and author, Rosebush has shared his insights with students, media professionals, as well as the artistic and business communities.

   Rosebush completed his first computer animations in 1970 and founded Digital Effects Inc. in New York (1978-1985), the first digital computer animation company in New York City. Television credits include directing over 1000 commercials and logos for major advertising agencies and networks worldwide, and feature films credits include Walt Disney's TRON. In the early 1990s, he co-authored and directed television programs on Volume Visualization and HDTV and the Quest for Virtual Reality. In the late 1990s he was drafted to write histories of computer graphics, including the HDTV feature move, The Story of Computer Graphics.

   The Judson Rosebush Company, founded in 1986 and located in New York City, is a creative multimedia studio currently producing commercial and entertainment CD-ROM titles and Internet sites. Rosebush Company completed its first CD-ROM, Isaac Asimov's The Ultimate Robot, published by Byron Preiss Publications and distributed by Microsoft, in 1993. Rosebush then directed Gahan Wilson's Haunted House CD-ROM, published by Microsoft in 1994. Other titles include Ocean Voyager in 1995, and The War in Vietnam, a joint venture between CBS News and The New York Times, distributed by MacMillan Digital in 1996. In 1996 Rosebush's company delivered Look What I See, a CD-ROM title devoted to teaching art appreciation to young people and produced in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1997 Rosebush directed a three-screen project for the Whitney Museum, The American Century, that showcased "super high-definition television" and which was also released as a CD-ROM. In 2000 he wrote the feature documentary film, The Story of Computer Graphics. Numerous business-to-business CD titles include work for CBS, Dunn & Bradstreet, NYNEX, Mars Inc., and Landmines: Clearing the Way, produced for the Rockefeller Foundation and the Departments of State and Defense, and completed in 2002.

   The Judson Rosebush Company currently publishes, under the name of Wildside Press, a line of fine art CD-ROMs of classic steel engravings. Titles include People and Portraits, Designs and Dropcaps, Arms and Armor, Animals, and Castles and Cathedrals.

   Rosebush is the co-author of Computer Graphics for Designers and Artists, originally published in 1986 by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., with a 2nd edition released in 1994, and the co-author of Electronic Publishing on CD-ROM, published by O'Reilly in 1996. His recently completed Technical Guide to Computer Animation is published by Morgan Kaufman. Rosebush is the former editor of Pixel Vision magazine, author of the serialized Pixel Handbook, and a columnist for CD-ROM Professional. His most cited writings include "The Proceduralist Manifesto," a statement on computer art published in Leonardo; he is also known for his extensive writings on computer graphics and new media. More popular credits include articles in The Village Voice and Rolling Stone Magazine.

   Rosebush has exhibited his computer generated drawings and films in numerous museum shows, and the drawings have been reproduced in hundreds of magazines and books. He has been an ACM national lecturer for years and a recipient of its Distinguished Speaker Award. He is skilled at computer programming and system design as well as in the graphic arts. He is a consultant for media technology companies in America, Europe, and Brazil. He assisted Hammond Atlas in designing their digital mapping system, worked with Oxberry Corporation to install the first digital motion picture scanners in New York and Beijing, and performed expert witness work in Federal Court.