Jerry Tessendorf

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Cinesite, Research Scientist

Other Affiliation(s):

  • Rhythm & Hues Studios
  • Clemson University, School of Computing


  • SIGGRAPH 1999

    Jerry Tessendorf is a researcher in remote sensing and computer graphics, specializing in natural phenomena and physics-based modeling and rendering. After receiving a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Brown University in 1984, he spent a decade researching the physics, optics, and radiative transfer behavior of oceans, clouds, and tissue. The emphasis of this research was on advanced data and image processing technologies for remotely sensing the environment. In 1994 Dr. Tessendorf began the development of the first software package to generate highly realistic oceanscapes for motion picture applications. This package has been used in a number of films, including Waterworld, Devil’s Advocate, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, What Dreams May Come, and extensively in Titanic. Presently at Clnesite Digital Studios, Dr. Tessendorf is developing new modeling and rendering approaches to handle a variety of physical phenomena, including hair rendering and dynamics, water surface and subsurface phenomena, and higher dimensional geometry.  


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