I’ve always had a passion for animation and technology.
As a young boy in St. Louis, Missouri, I would while away time making flip books from my own drawings. As I got older, computers and computer aided art captivated my interests. This led me study Computer Science, Graphic Design and 3D Animation at the University of Missouri – Columbia. In the mid-nineties, there were no established programs for my interests. I was able to create my own program, focused on computer generated art for design & entertainment, through help of some forward thinking instructors. After earning my B.A. at Mizzou, I began working for the University’s Emerging Technology Group, where we created interactive installations for museums and educational institutions. Seeking to further develop my skills and expand into a larger market, I moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2002. I decided to attend NYU’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications to pursue a Master’s of Science in Digital Imaging and Design. Thanks to my background, I was able to complete the 2 year program in 1.5 years and jump right into NYC’s commercial and broadcast world immediately.
Since then, I have worked with a variety of broadcast networks, production companies, and agencies which have allowed my work to be viewed in numerous markets across the globe. My skills have evolved from animation and design into visual effects supervision and direction. I love working with other creative individuals and have the communication powers to drive an idea from concept through completion. Over the past several years as a freelance artist for hire I’ve crafted my role as a project leader and team builder. Working with some of the best creative directors, production studios, and agencies has provided me with a firm foundation on how to tell a story and deliver results that are both visually appealing and on target for the clients needs.
I established John Earle, Inc in order to provide my services directly to clients. In addition to my skills, I can rely on the large community of my talented friends and colleagues. This allows me to bring scalable power and talent to any sized project.
All work and no play makes John a dull boy. Away from the computer, I enjoy spending time with my lovely wife, Shana, a good beer, interesting conversation with friends, and exploring new places… Usually in that order. You can also check out the blog that Shana and I keep.
Please feel free to contact me any time.
Awards & Accolades
MAC Wonder Woman featured in Stash79 (April 2011)
Stash is the monthly DVD magazine featuring the best in animation, VFX, and design for the broadcast and advertising industries. I am honored to have my work selected. Check out the trailer.
White Rabbits Music Video featured in E-On Software Customer’s Reel (October 2010)
Makers of Vue, the fantastic organic terrain creation software, have included my work in their current customers’ demo reel. Check out the reel on youtube. My work, created in Vue 8, comes in at the :25 mark.
Demo Reel featured in Computer Arts Issue 154 (October 2008)
2008 VFX Reel featured in the October 2008 issue of Computer Arts Magazine. Demo reel is included on the accompanying CD-ROM. Computer Arts describes my work as “Compositing at its best”. Wow, I’m totally blushing. CA is a premiere magazine in the industry with a worldwide distribution.
7th Annual First ‘boards Awards (2006)
Finalist in the Motion Graphics/Design category. This award was earned for the work done at Nickelodeon with colleagues Ben Yonda and Josh Horowitz.
NYU Digital Imaging and Design Master’s Program Class Valedictorian (May 2004)
Although I graduated a semester early (December 2003), I was asked to represent our class during the graduation ceremony held in Washington Square Park in the spring of 2004. I was quite honored.