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Jamy Wheless

Lightstream Animation Studios
CEO/Director
Petaluma, CA
Influenced by comic books and art, Jamy Wheless started drawing memorable characters in grammar school and never looked back. After graduating with a degree in Visual Arts from Auburn University in 1987, he worked as a freelance illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia, where his illustration ability led to assignments in storyboarding and traditional animation. Inspired by the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, Jamy turned his talents towards computer animation. He honed his digital skills working as an animator at one of the largest digital production facilities on the East Coast. In 1995, he caught the eye of George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic when his short film, Avery, premiered at SIGGRAPH. In 1996, he was hired by ILM to work on commercials as a technical director and character animator. In 2000, Jamy became a member of ILM’s feature production team, where he was a lead animator responsible for the character development and performances of Yoda for the Star Wars prequels and Davy Jones for the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Jamy is one of the co-founders of Lightstream Animation Studios. As the CEO and Animation Director, he leads the team as they continue to bring great characters to life for commercials, television, and feature films. He recently co-directed the Oscar nominated short film The Pig on the Hill.