About Rocket 88 Studios

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Rocket 88

Rocket 88 Studios is a production company offering production and post-production services in the Corporate, Commercial and Education sectors.

Since 1993 our award-winning staff has been designing productions and shooting them on time and on budget. We have offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, and have shot all over the United States giving us experience and access to some of the best crews and equipment pretty much anywhere in the States, and a few places around the globe. When it comes to post production, we offer non-linear editing, Visual and graphic FX, animation and post sound services. Our studio is complete, whatever you need from pre-production to final deliverables, or any phase in between. Call us today and let us know how we can help.

Jeff Gatesman: Director/Director of Photography

Jeff’s passion for film making and his creative diversity is the central core of Rocket88Studios. With the ability to envision and execute a storyboard or idea for projects he collaborates on, Jeff brings to life an amazing blend of mediums in the films he creates.

Jeff began his film career in Chicago working in Television productions such as: The Oprah Show, Entertainment Tonight and True Stories of Highway Patrol, but eventually he made his way to Los Angeles to work on feature films and commercials. He opened Rocket88 Studios in 2003. l

He is the Producer, Director and Cinematographer of the Award Winning feature Documentary Amazonas: The Tears of a Full Moon which is currently in worldwide distribution.


  • Bronze Telly Award for Because, PSA for the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD)
  • Gold Aurora Award for Amazonas: The Tears of a Full Moon, documentary shot in the Brazilian Rain forest
  • Platinum Telly for Next Opinion, corporate film shot in the Dominican Republic for Microsoft
  • Nominee in Fine Art for the 7th Annual Black And White Spider Awards
  • Nominee in the Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards
  • Honorable Mention from the Advertising Photographers of America for A Quiet Bright Reedsong, portrait of a Whirling Dervish
  • “Jeff Gatesman graces ‘Solstice’ with excellent cinematography not typically seen in independent films.” — Chicago Independent Magazine

Judith Gatesman: Producer

quotes-gray..Being a producer, to me, is like orchestrating a party for creative minds to come together in collaboration, with the intention of bringing a piece of art to life. You have a very specific goal with a lot of moving parts, and some productions run smoothly without any snags, others come with challenges to overcome, but with a little tenacity, in no time we are back on track not missing a beat. 

My favorite part of each job is the enthusiastic interaction that each client and crew member experiences during the process. The detail and pace of each project I produce is what fuels the passion and excitement that I have for this industry.”

With an instinctive ability to lead, negotiate and collaborate creatively, Judith manages to keep projects of any size budget and complexity on track, on time and within budget.

She started her career in Chicago as a photographer and moved into print production early on, traveling the country for Spiegel Catalog. Later she moved to Los Angeles where she began Producing high profile advertising campaigns, celebrity magazine covers, album covers and movie poster shoots. In 2004, she began producing motion picture, with the production of Feeding the Fire, a reality-style cooking show featuring American Fire Fighters. She has since fed her passion by producing commercials for Animal Planet, a series of children’s educational films,  and documentary style promotional and corporate films.

Rocket 88 Studios has developed educational programming for Kids Vids which includes a series of animated shorts that include live child actors interacting with animated characters, as well as the cooking show Feeding The Fire which takes cooking into the firehouse to see how America’s Heroes eat.

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