Kermit Woodall

woodall kermitKermit was born to Roy and Suzy Woodall in May of 1960 in New York in Mount Sinai Hospital. His parents, both studying art and traveling around the country, had landed in New York for a few years. Shortly after his birth the family moved back home to Virginia and settled in Williamsburg.

As Kermit grew he attended the public schools Williamsburg had to offer. His hobbies during his adolescence involved various creative projects and taking apart his father’s gadgets. A rather expensive Nikon camera failed to survive his experiments. He discovered science fiction via the occasional story in Boys Life and also via the works of Robert Heinlein. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings led to lost weekends of Dungeons and Dragons playing. Conventions were discovered and attended at this time. Star Wars got him interested in special effects and film-making.

College was Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly Richmond Professional Institute), his parents alma mater, and a bachelors in fine arts with a lot of early computer graphics courses and programming as well. He met his wife-to-be in his freshman year here. A good time was had at VaCUSFORG (VCU SF Organization – VCU’s SF Club) and with more convention-going (including some allegedly scandalous behavior) and many fun, although terrible, films were made. The less said of these the better.

The usual company jobs happened after college. Kermit married his wife Shealor, had two children (Madeline and Haydn) with his wife. He later formed a company, Nova Design, Inc., with two friends and they created some of the earliest digital special effects software, including the first commercially available desktop morphing software – Cinemorph, and their primary product ImageFX that was used in more than a few Hollywood TV and film productions and even more straight to video movies. This company lasted nearly ten years.

Today, Kermit works on web design and development in his own company, Woodall Design, LLC., and runs a review blog, Gadgetnutz.com.

He has also appeared as a supporting character in his friend Bud Webster’s short stories about Bubba Pritchert.