Jean Bolte

Computer Graphics Artist, Industrial Light & Magic

​​University of Colorado

University of London

Jean Bolte joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1987 where she worked as a Model Maker on the “transformation sequence” of Willow and was the first to use ILM’s groundbreaking “morph” technology. Prior to joining ILM, she led a small effects company in London, where she lived and worked for ten years. While in London, Bolte established a reputation for creating realistic animal models, costumes, and make-up for both American and British television and film. Bolte also worked at Jim Henson Productions, where she created creatures and make-up for Labyrinth, The Storyteller and The Witches.

In 1992, Bolte became Model Project Supervisor for ILM’s model & creature shop, and in 1994, she moved to the Computer Graphics department to work as a texture painter, utilizing ILM’s proprietary digital painting software. More recently, she has played an active role as a Texture Supervisor on films such as the Star Wars prequels, Men In Black, Iron Man, and Pacific Rim. Her most recent work can be seen in Martin Scorsese’s the Irishman as well as the Book of Boba Fett, and the upcoming Jurassic Park movie.


What are your passions and hobbies?

My first love was painting and making models.  I still do that.

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

Working in this business is 50% what you can do, and 50% people wanting to work with you.

Favorite snack food?

Cheese popcorn