The Making of, Extended Commentary
As a young man Jeremy routinely demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for not following rules. It started innocently enough -- a forged absence slip here, a little jaywalking there, and before anyone had time to step-in, it was too late… Jeremy had just completed building a fully-poseable upright bipedal transformer mech with stealth flight capabilities -- when the image on the Lego box clearly displayed an 8-wheeled earthbound fire truck.
Jeremy's future was uncertain, at best.
On his own from a young age, Jeremy would not have the opportunity to go to the college he so dearly desired, or any college for that matter; by his junior year of high school he decided the best solution was to get a "head start" on his art career by running away to join the digital art circus -- all this despite a presidential academic record and a “Student of the Year” plaque somewhere in his closet. When the superintendent asked him “Why?” - he replied:
The only piece of paper an artist [truly] needs is already in his portfolio.
While Jeremy had certainly hoped what he told the administrator to be true, (as every student should!) he did not know for sure, and had little proof of his claim -- but it worked! With the superintendent's approval Jeremy was finally free to embark on his not-so-glamorous journey to becoming a 3D artist; a journey which would lead him through the competitive (and often predatory) underbelly of the design world for over a decade - learning, growing, mutating.
Living in a small town didn't afford many interactive media opportunities to Jeremy... But it had at least one, and at the ripe old age of eighteen he began his career as a web designer/developer. Designing and developing websites for wineries and real-estate companies wasn't exactly his calling, but it would pay the bills until his portfolio spoke louder than his resume. Little did he know, that moment would not come to pass for another six years.
About a year into his burgeoning career as a web designer the studio decided to close its doors. The two events are unrelated, allegedly. Out of options and Red Bull, Jeremy took his last paycheck and headed West to the Emerald City he saw in his dreams.
Shortly after his arrival in Seattle, WA Jeremy landed a gig with a Seattle based design firm, Heated Details. Designing Windows presentations and ads for Monday Night Football wasn't exactly his calling of course, but somewhere between the mayhem of learning ActionScript and a debilitating addiction to World of Warcraft he found the will to work on his 3D portfolio in the wee hours of the night.
And then tragedy struck.
On the night of May 24, 2008 Jeremy was a passenger in a near-fatal motor vehicle accident. Lying in the street, looking up at the balmy Seattle night sky, neck broken in two places, Jeremy wondered if this was the end of life as he knew it. The end of standing on his own two feet, the end of his art career, the end of his dreams... Over before it had begun. And then Jeremy decided it was a good time for a selfie, as a reminder, of many things. He would go on to make a full recovery.
It wasn't until 2011 in which Jeremy got his first break as one of the co-founders of Camouflaj. During the 4 years that followed he helped conduct a successful Kickstarter Campaign, lead the visual development of the Republiqué series, co-hosted the official Camouflaj Radio podcast, maintained the official Camouflaj website, shipped 4 major releases to iOS/Android/PC/Mac, and successfully dropped over 100 pounds of excess weight in the process. (Woohoo!)
These days Jeremy is primarily staying busy authoring experimental VR experiences. He hopes to discover and determine the elements of an HMD experience which are most effective for the facilitation of Presence in a virtual world. He also hopes to discover what combinatorial aspects of VR elicit the autonomic spine-tingling sensation known as Frisson. Although most researchers agree frisson is the result of a fear-based physiological response, Jeremy hopes to find the "scare-less" sweet spot, unique to the individual and fleeting in nature (but not impossible to harness!) which will play a vital role in reaching the apex of presence in VR experiences.