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About Luke Jacobson

 

Luke Jacobson has studied the art of storytelling since he was five years old. He has supplemented his passion with countless creative workshops and programs over the years, from CalArts to Aardman Animation. He studied animation at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the National Film and Television School in England. He has experience in 2D animation, 3D animation, stop motion animation, critical film studies, screenwriting and storyboarding.

He has a ridiculous love for all things Harryhausen and lives in Northern California.

 
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Education

BA in Animation from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, CA 2015

From Sketch to Screen Modelmaking Course at Aardman Animation, Bristol, UK 2019

 Directing Animation at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK 2021

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Experience

 

Sept. 2014 - May 2015

Director/Animator
for "Dodgie"

Creator/Director of the short animated film "Dodgie," released in 2015

Autumn 2015

Assistant at Creature Effects

Assistant to Mark Rappaport at the award winning animatronic studio. Assisted in the prop upkeep for the studio and conducted guided tours for international visitors.

2012 - 2013

California Film Institute Intern

Archivist and assistant to the Education Director. Compiled and edited interviews of professional filmmakers for a marketing venture to promote the California Film Institute and the Mill Valley Film Festival. Managed and taught filmmaking and editing lessons for CFU Young Critics. Recorded live lectures. Updated and maintained the CFI website and blog.

May 2014 - Dec. 2014

Animator for "King Basil's Quest for the Crown of Spudly Awesomeness"

Character animator on the dramatic 2013 Game Design project at the University of Southern California. The finished game is available to play on Ouya, Windows, and OS X.

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Animator for "Thralled"

Character animator for the comedic 2013 student project at the University of Southern California.

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Additional Skills & Experience

May 2017 - Dec. 2020

Starbucks Barista

Barista and drive-through cashier extraordinaire. Comfortable in a high paced work environment with excellent customer service skills, organization skills, and the ability to change tasks as needed facing frequent interruptions.

Sept. 2015 - Oct. 2019

Video Artist, Compositor, Illustrator, Animator, Lyricist

Contributor to a yearly online collaborative independent musical production that involved writing lyrics, drawing and designing album covers, and composting, editing, and animating music videos.

Skilled in Adobe Creative Suites (Photoshop, Aftereffects, Illustrator, Animate & Premier Pro)

Experienced with Maya, Dragonframe, Storyboard Pro, TVpaint, Microsoft Excel & Microsoft Word