VOLT Studios announced that it has hired Tom Jacobsen as its new partner and creative director. Jacobsen will help create visual content for advertising and branded installations.
“We are thrilled to have Tom join our team at VOLT Studios as partner,” said Volt CEO/partner Charlie Lach. “Tom is a masterful designer and visual effects artist and he brings these talents to VOLT Studios as creative director. He has worked with the company partners previously, so we know he is the perfect fit and will add a new dimension to our projects and the company overall.”
“I have watched my friends at VOLT Studios strategically grow and evolve the company to partner with agencies and clients during development through execution,” said Jacobsen. “The creative respect and trust that comes with this close collaboration is exciting and I look forward to expanding opportunities as creative director at VOLT Studios.”
According to VOLT Studios’ owner Steve Medin, “Tom and I flirted with the idea of partnering upon VOLT Studios’ inception, but the timing wasn’t right. It is now.”
Most recently a filmmaker and design director at Pixel Farm, Jacobsen has worked on projects on many levels, including directing and animating projects for all screens. His contribution to commercials and music videos has been recognized with honors from the AICP Show and MTV Music Video Awards.
His short films for motionpoems.com have been screened at national and international film festivals. His most recent film premiered this month at the Weisman Museum as part of the exhibit “Big Bridges. A Collaboration.”
Jacobsen received traditional art training at St. Olaf College and received his MFA from UCLA film school. After graduation, Jacobsen worked in Los Angeles as a 3D artist and art director for video games before becoming a lead VFX artist on feature films. He then moved to Minneapolis, working at both Crash & Sue’s and Pixel Farm on short form content and advertising.
“As someone who began as a filmmaker and fine artist, I love the direction the industry is taking,” said Jacobsen. “There’s a growing emphasis on enhanced collaboration, a blurring of traditional lines, both in terms of partnerships and media approaches. The result is a stronger product. VOLT Studios is a great environment to explore and develop what’s next for our clients.”