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He had his first magazine article published in the late 80s, started an eponymous graphics-oriented computer software company around the same time, writing a few hundred thousand lines of assembly code to do everything from text processing to graphic compression and sprite animation. He spent his college career holding two jobs - one as a graphic designer and a second developing database software. A couple decades later, then, it's no big surprise where he ended up. He spent the next several years doing technical illustration and artistic concept design in the defense/aerospace and commercial sectors. After several years of making things blow up in corporate videos using early experimental tools like POV-RAY, and a decade of video and animation projects, interactive CDs and DVDs, HD presentations for conferences and trade shows, motion graphics, and other CG, Eddie Offermann eventually found himself teaching visual effects techniques to college students in Orlando, Florida.
After four years of that, it was time to move on again, seeking work in the visual effects industry in 2006.
As of late 2007, Eddie lives in West Hollywood and divides his time between eating too much garlic, spending too much time on his feet on set, too much time in Maya, Houdini, SynthEyes, ImageModeler or what-have-you, and too little time staring at the ocean or across the desert. But he's working on it.
Manhattan, AZ (2000)
Wonderful long-cancelled show
I always enjoy discovering shows I missed - though there's always the disappointment of knowing that it's already long gone.
Manhattan, AZ is a dark, dark satire - and that's probably why it didn't quite make it. It parodies death, incurable disease, race, the elderly, pedophiles, celebrity... it was clever in ways that very few shows are.
The leading cast are predominantly people you won't be familiar with (the most notable exception being Chad Everett), though it is filled with great and well-known supporting cast. The actors that appeared for an episode or two were always extra enjoyable: Sarah Silverman, Abe Vigoda, Stephen Tobolowsky, Orson Bean, Al Ruscio - and supporting cast like Mindy Sterling (Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films) - they all just really brought this great show so much flavor. The leading roles are well-executed as well, in a tongue-in-cheek style: but then, that's also the show's weakness as a mass-market vehicle. Satire rarely does well in prime time, and the first season wasn't even broadcast in its entirety before the network sent it to the can.
Luckily for us, USA has seen fit to release it to Hulu and at least as of early 2011, you can watch it there. I suggest you do, provided you have a taste for silly scenarios and darkly inappropriate humor.
You might disagree with this review, but I know because I work in Television. And we know better than you.