Optimus, a production and post house with offices in Chicago, Santa Monica and New York, has hired editor Jon Hopp. Hopp has been expressing his visual creativity through film and photography for over 22 years. After making his mark in Canada, Hopp relocated to Los Angeles where he created the editorial shop Jigsaw in Santa Monica.
“As an entrepreneur, Jon has the ability to combine his visual artistry with a keen understanding of business and customer service,” said Therese Hunsberger, executive producer and managing director at Optimus. “This is a great asset for Optimus, where we celebrate our staff’s ability to collaborate closely with clients to develop and deliver creative content.”
In addition to his work with Jigsaw, Hopp spent time editing for Rock Paper Scissors and Whitehouse Post, cutting commercials for a range of directors and brands including Erich Joiner (GM/Buick), Mike Maguire (Orbit Gum) and Phil Morrison (Volkswagen). He also has worked with some of the industry’s leading agencies such as Leo Burnett, BBDO Detroit, RPA and Publicis. After a brief hiatus from editing, Hopp set his sights on returning to the editing suite. He met with Hunsberger and Optimus president Tom Duff to explore opportunities at Optimus’ growing Santa Monica location and felt the company was the ideal fit.
“What I find most exciting about Optimus is that it combines the best of both worlds – the resources and talent of a large house with the culture of a boutique company,” said Hopp. “Being able to tap into all that Optimus has to offer while still delivering the personalized customer service of a small shop is incredibly appealing to me.”
Throughout his career, Hopp has been the recipient of numerous editorial awards including best editing finalist at the London International Film Festival, best editing at the New York Film Festival and multiple Bessies from the Television Bureau of Canada.