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Graphic Artist Hires Fellow Art Institutes Graduates to Create Animation Featured on National Geographic Channel Series “Badlands, Texas”

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Visual Design

December 17, 2015

Jonathan T. Winbush is a Telly, BAFTA, and PromasBDA award-winning graphic artist. Now he can add another credit to his impressive résumé—he’s part of the creative team behind National Geographic Channel’s true-crime docuseries, “Badlands, Texas.” Jonathan was tasked with creating custom text animations and bringing sections of the show’s court case to life.

The series premiered in November 2015 and airs Tuesday nights. According to the show’s official website, where past episodes may also be viewed, the story focuses on the small town of Terlingua, Texas, “where eccentric residents trade modern comforts for a unique brand of freedom. But the price of their freedom proves high when a brutal crime threatens to tear their town apart.”

Jonathan, the owner and visual director at WINBUSH, hired two fellow graduates of The Art Institutes to assist on the project. “One artist that helped me is Mike Szivos. We graduated together and I just always kept in touch with him over the years. The other artist is Rett Longmore, a 3D guy. I met Rett when I was working on the first ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ movie.”

Szivos is a 2006 graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics. Longmore is a 2003 graduate of The Art Institute of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts & Animation.

Jonathan adds that “our role was to help bring sections of the [murder] court case to life. In our group effort, Rett did some 3D modeling for the main title I designed.”

“In the actual show, there’s interrogation audio that the show creators wanted to bring to life with subtitles—but not in your typical way. So Mike and I created a ton of custom text animations to play along over the editorial sequences.”
 
As the owner and visual director at WINBUSH, Jonathan has had his work featured in several magazines around the world. In 2011, he was named one of Inferno Development's Top 25 artist in Hollywood. Jonathan, who in 2006 earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, adds that he enjoys helping out fellow Art Institutes graduates who are trying to get started in Los Angeles.

Jonathan’s Professional Accomplishments:

  • 2013 BAFTA Awards Winner “Lego Batman 2”/Family Category
  • 2013 Telly Awards Silver for “Lego Batman 2” commercial spot
  • PROMAXBDA: Bronze - “Person of Interest” Promo at L.A. Screenings
  • 2012 Telly Awards Bronze for Warner Bros Digital
  • Featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine issue 76
  • 2010 Inferno Developments top 25 artist in Hollywood (2010)
  • Featured artist in HDRI 3D Magazine July 2009
  • Featured artist in HDRI 3D Magazine March 2009
  • Featured artist in Jenesis Magazine October 2008
  • Featured artist in HDRI 3D Magazine July 2008
  • TheSoulPitt.com featured artist (2008)
  • CrazyLeaf Design feature artist (2008)
  • 2006 Best of Show, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh



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By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Visual Design

December 17, 2015

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