A Closer Look: Martin Jaeger
Posted on March 21, 2016 in Team
You can’t get excited about a company when you base it solely off of the work they’ve done. In most cases, there’s a whole other world below the surface, which is true for Geomedia. Geomedia is more than just a production company that specializes in visual graphics, advertisements and the 30-second spot. Beneath the exterior is a force, driven by a group of highly talented individuals, who all work together to make great things possible.
That’s why we decided it’s about time you get up close and personal (without warranting a restraining order) to our team of creatives and directors through a series of 9 questions.
We present our first victim: MARTIN JAEGER, Art Director
- What was your first job? Worked at a commercial art studio called “Contemporary Graphics”. I was a freshman in high school and worked half-days via a distributive education program offered by the school. I did illustration, dark-room work, silkscreening, print layout etc. All by hand, way before desktop computers even existed.
- Where’s the last place you traveled to for vacation? I went to Denver, Colorado in January to see extended family. I love Colorado!
- What sparked your interest in production? Geomedia was originally founded as an illustration and design firm. I had always been a fan of animation since the early Disney and Warner Brothers days. As the computer began to infiltrate the film, video and animation industries, I saw the potential to pivot Geomedia toward those services. The idea of doing motion graphics, 3D animation and CGI was such a fascinating synthesis of artistry and technology that it became the new primary direction for me and in turn, my company.
- Your all time favorite book is: Critical Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
- Who inspires you, and why? Lot’s of people inspire me (most people really). Lately I’ve had a resurgence of interest in the astrophysicist, Carl Sagan. The eloquence with which he describes the cosmos and the true nature of our circumstances in it always humbles me. I admire him for his deep understanding of nature and his ability to convey this complex knowledge to a lay audience. I admire him for his lifelong pursuit of teaching through his books and documentaries on the subject. Again, I admire many, many people on many different levels and for many reasons…
- If you had to pack up and leave Texas to move somewhere else, where would you go? The practical answer would be Colorado. The dream-place would be Southern Germany or Austria.
- The strangest odd job that you ever had? Worked at a raptor rehabilitation center. Got to train Hawks, owls and eagles using falconry techniques to rehab injured raptors back to health prior to their release back into the wild. Cleaned a lot of bird cages and veterinary clinic facilities in addition to the falconry work.
- Name your favorite childhood memory: My Dad once showed me how to fold this really elegant and amazing paper airplane design. On a trip to the Grand Canyon, I folded one and launched it from a scenic overlook. Instead of gliding down into the valley, it climbed above all the onlookers and eventually soared out of sight just a speck in the sky. The other vacationers clapped and cheered as it flew away.
- Best piece of advice you never got? Get an education, go to college.