ABOUT

Nice to meet you!
I’m Michael Jakob

I’ve been working as a Motion Designer in the advertising industry for 8 years and counting. Over the past 4 years, I’ve produced state-of-the-art content for premium brands at international car shows (when I wasn’t driving through the Australian Outback in my ’95 Mitsubishi Pajero).

I’m originally from Freiburg, Germany, the gorgeous capital of the Black Forest. These days you can find me in thrilling Beijing, China. My motion design skills are definitely still better than my Mandarin though. 加油!

I excel in conceptual thinking and handling data for massive, multi-LED-screen setups while working under tremendous time pressure. I’m a team player who pays attention to detail and keeps the big picture in mind at the same time. I take an organised, structured approach to work, which is how I keep tens of thousands of files in order for any given project. But don’t just take my word for it — have a look at my portfolio!

I also moonlight in photography with my Fujifilm XT-2. Framing and composition is very important to me, even when I’m snapping a shot of a parking ticket with my phone.

TOOLS

The everyday tools I’m using for my work. Adobe Creative Suite and occasionally Cinema 4D.

  • After Effects
  • Premiere
  • Illustrator
  • Photosop
  • Audition
  • InDesign
  • Cinema 4D

Currently I’m looking into Houdini and DaVinci Resolve/Fusion as professional alternatives to the Adobe Creative Suite.

SKILLS

The skillsets I provide.

MOTION DESIGN & EDITING
(After Effects, Premiere Pro)

CONCEPTUAL WORK
(an organised and structured approach is everything)

PHOTOGRAPHY
(Travel, Landscape, City, People)

WEB DESIGN
(HTML, CSS, JS, PHP)

IT KNOWLEDGE
(not all thumbs, since I’m also an IT-System-Technician)

EXPERIENCE

Here’s where I’ve worked for the past decade and beyond, gaining my experience in Motion Design, Photography and IT.

2018
2018
Nov
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2018
Apr
FREELANCE

Image Unit

  • Studio: image unit
  • Location:   Shanghai, China
  • Role: Motion Designer (Freelancer)
  • Time: April 2018
  • Project: Auto China 2018 (Beijing) (Volkswagen, Lincoln)
2017
2017
Sep
FREELANCE

Image Unit

  • Studio: image unit
  • Location:   Shanghai, China
  • Role: Motion Designer (Freelancer)
  • Time: September 2017 – November 2017
  • Project: Auto Guangzhou 2017 (Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover)
2017
May
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2017
Apr
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2016
2016
Nov
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2016
Apr
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2013
2013
Oct
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2013
Jul
FREELANCE

dondon

2013
Jan
COMMERCIAL BREAK

Commercial Break

During my commercial break, I spent most of the time in Australia (2.5 years) travelling 35.000km across the continent in my ’95 Mitsubishi Pajero. I co-piloted a tiny Cessna to an island in Vanuatu where I stood on the rim of an active volcano. I shook the hand of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Melbourne. And I traveled the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway via Abakan, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude and Ulaanbaatar. In Mongolia, a dream came true by coincidence when I got to ride a horse into the sunset of the Mongolian steppe.

...this is actually the last picture of us. Moments later we were separated for good when I sold Paj to my niece who was also travelling Australia.

During this time I traveled to   Thailand,   USA,   Hong Kong,   Australia,   Indonesia,   Vanuatu,   Russia,   Mongolia and   China.

2011
2011
Jan
PERMANENT

  • Studio: PIXOMONDO
  • Location:   Berlin, Germany
  • Role: Motion Designer (Permanent)
  • Time: 2011–2013
2010
2010
Oct
INTERNSHIP

qu-int.

  • Studio: qu-int.
  • Location:   Freiburg, Germany
  • Role: Motion Designer (Intern)
  • Time: October 2010 – December 2010
2010
Mar
INTERNSHIP

Mainframe

  • Studio: Mainframe
  • Location:   London, United Kingdom
  • Role: Motion Designer (Intern)
  • Time: March 2010 – May 2010
2007
2007
Jan
STUDIES

Freie Hochschule Freiburg

2004
2004
Jan
APPRENTICESHIP

AVAYA

  • Company: AVAYA
  • Location:   Freiburg, Germany
  • Qualification: IT-System-Technician
  • Time: 2004–2007