After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Eddie Bakshi worked for Nickelodeon in Los Angeles as a digital scanner and painter on the Wild Thornberrys (2002) and Rugrats Go Wild (2003) features. He was an Assistant Technical Director on The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) and also in 2004, worked as Head Technical Director on Ralph Bakshi’s feature Last Days of Coney Island. This position included work with color models and overall production design as well as editing and assembly of the film. In 2005, Eddie co-founded The Bakshi School of Animation and Cartooning. He is an Instructor and responsible for all areas of technology as well as consultation and assembly work on all student projects. Eddie also served as Technical Consultant for the 2008 Silver City Film Festival and provides content for www.ralphbakshi.com while also teaching animation at New Mexico State University's Creative Media Institute.
On the East Coast, Jess did pre-production, music, and location work for AIDS WALK BOSTON as well a films by Director Jonathan Millman, and Spirit Rising, an American Film Institute short by Johnathan Yudis. She was an Instructor and Education Program Director for The Artists' Association of Nantucket for several years and while there designed and presented a Winter Film Series sponsored by The Museum of Modern Art. After a move to Los Angeles, Jess worked as Project and Script Coordinator for Director Ralph Bakshi on various projects and was responsible for duties ranging from character and background research and design, to casting and coordinating voice talent.
In 2004, Jess formed The Bakshi School of Animation and Cartooning with Eddie Bakshi. She is Head of Programs and an Instructor as well was owner of The StudioSpace, a venue for performing and visual art where she presents plays and exhibits her fine art photography. In 2007, Jess joined The Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University as an Instructor and in 2007 and in 2008 produced The Silver City Film Festival while continuing work on two photojournalistic books, and a documentary film. Jess has authored several stories, poems, songs, and three short plays and also designed and presented two multimedia installations and made several short films including a series filmed in New York City, and a music video set in Central Park.