Oregon State University

Contest Judges

Harley Jessup was born in Corvallis, grew up in the California Bay Area, and studied graphic design at Oregon State (BFA 1976) and Stanford (MFA 1978). He began his career designing animated short films for Sesame Street at Korty Films in Mill Valley, California. After working as a live action art director at Lucasfilm, Harley joined Industrial Light and Magic as a visual effects art director, winning an Academy Award for best visual effects for Innerspace and an Academy Award nomination for Steven Spielberg's Hook.

He left ILM in 1994 to be production designer on Disney's James and the Giant Peach and joined Pixar in 1996, where he's served as production designer on Monsters, Inc.RatatouillePresto, and Cars 2 (to be released in 2011). Harley and his wife have three children and they live in Kentfield, California


Julia Sandidge is the Director of Student Media at Oregon State University. In her position she oversees the Daily Barometer newspaper, KBVR television and radio, the Beaver Yearbook, and the literary magazine, Prizm.

Julia came to Oregon State from Colorado State, where she was the broadcast news and public affairs adviser for CSU’s student media program. Prior to her time at Colorado State Julia owned her own production company and worked as a reporter in Denver, Minneapolis, and Toledo. She won an Emmy for her work and has been honored with numerous awards, including Native American Journalist of the Year in Minnesota.


Bob Johnson (1962 OSU Education graduate) and his son Rick Johnson are founders of the three time Emmy winning, Oregon based business Fluid Images, and are considered pioneers in the filming industry. The company is best known for its development of the first 72-foot Akela crane, which landed their big break on the movie Titanic.

Fluid Images has filmed Oregon State commercials, including a recent one for OSU-Cascades. Their work can be seen in Reser Stadium as the intro to Beaver football games and in the new Pac 10 football and basketball commercials. 

To date, Fluid Images has worked on over 3,000 projects and 700 feature films, including Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Seabiscuit. They have also worked on the X-Games, the Olympics, and the British Open. Currently Fluid Images’ largest crane is 100 feet long, the largest in the world.