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Jason Pethtel

Jason Pethtel
Matte painter/CG generalist
Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Major: Digital Media
Class Year: 2012

TV’s Game of Thrones artist Jason Pethtel credits Parkland College with giving him the 3D art and design skills he needed to make his mark in the entertainment industry.
A 2012 Parkland alum from Robinson, Illinois, Jason works as a matte painter/computer graphics generalist in Los Angeles. He enjoys creating believable environments for film, TV, and games through the use of paint, 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and compositing.
Jason is most proud of seeing his name in the credits for movies; working on a World of Warcraft cinematic; and matte painting for the popular Game of Thrones television series. Another favorite project Jason worked on was the multimedia presentation at the new One World Observatory, set to open this spring in New York.
He says Parkland expanded his budding interest in the 3D art world, affordably.
“I planned to go to Chicago for training in 3D art and design until I learned that Parkland offered a Digital Media Program—and one that was pretty good at that,” Jason explains. “Parkland gave me an affordable boost into 3D art without life-altering debt, and the energized environment of a small, adaptable program. I made good friends and developed important skills.” In addition to lower tuition and class size, Jason says he appreciated the friendliness of the Parkland staff.
After Parkland, Jason earned a position as Matte Painting Technical Director with LA’s Rhythm & Hues Studios. He has since worked with several additional studios, including Blizzard Entertainment, Framestore, Blur Studio, and Prologue Pictures, and he has performed freelance TV and commercial work—opportunities made possible through his Parkland training.
“Parkland’s Digital Media program was a great choice because of the cost, as well as its willingness to adapt to an ever-evolving industry to teach important fundamentals,” Jason says.

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