Jastrow

Art Director, Director, and Designer in Nashville, Tennessee

Jastrow

Art Director, Director, and Designer in Nashville, Tennessee

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Jastrow is a purveyor of curiosities and a tinkerer in tiny worlds. Born in New Jersey in 1986 his talent was recognized very early and he began private art lessons when he was just seven years old. As his art was refined he was accepted into the Nashville School of the Arts and studied sculpture and visual art. It was while attending there that he was first introduced to cinema and upon graduating was awarded Filmmaker of the Year in 2005.

Jastrow went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Art from Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. His senior thesis film, What's Under the Bed, was an adaptation of a popular children's book by the same title and marked the first stop motion animation ever produced at Watkins. The animation went on to win five of the seven awards presented at the Watkins screening in 2009.

The magic of animation - particularly stop motion - has influenced much of his early work along with Tim Burton, Walt Disney, and the Rankin and Bass Christmas Specials. Jastrow's recent work showcases his imagination and meticulous attention to detail. Tiny steampunk robot micro-sculptures give new purpose to discarded watch parts and broken jewelry. Each intricately-crafted Automaton requires hyper-concentration and takes more than a week to build. To date Jastrow’s unique creative talent has been utilized on over a dozen features films and a major network television series. A proven polymath his talents include sculpting, painting, story telling, writing, poetry, designing and performing puppets, and stop motion animation.