ABOUT

Nice to meet you!
I am Michael Jakob

…working in the commercial industry as a Motion Designer for 8 years and counting. Originally from the gorgeous capital of the Black Forest, Freiburg (Germany), I am located in thrilling Beijing (China) these days.

My Motion Design skills and my organised and structured work approach are definitely (still) better than my Mandarin though. 加油!

Over the last 4 years I have been mainly producing state of the art content for premium brands at international car shows. Bringing stories to life and handling data for massive multi LED setups while working under tremendous time pressure are some of the main assets I have been able to contribute with. An appreciated team player with attention to detail, but always with the big picture in mind, I excel in After Effects, conceptional thinking and keeping tens of thousands of files always structured and in order. All of this of course, when I wasn’t driving through the Australian Outback in my ’95 Mitsubishi Pajero.

I also do photography with my Fujifilm XT-2 to train my creative eye. This happens to an extent that even when I am taking a random snapshot with my phone of a parking ticket I got, I am paying attention to the proper framing and composition.

TOOLS

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

SKILLS

MOTION DESIGN & EDITING (After Effects, Premiere..)
CONCEPTIONAL WORK (working organised and structured is everything)
PHOTOGRAPHY (Travel, Landscape, City, People...)
WEB DESIGN (HTML/CSS/JS/PHP)
IT KNOWLEDGE (not all thumbs when it comes to computers)

EXPERIENCE

The companies where I was thankfully able to gain my experience over the last decade and more…

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
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
Nov
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2016
Apr
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2013
Oct
FREELANCE

Image Unit

2013
Jul
FREELANCE

dondon

2013
Jan
COMMERCIAL BREAK
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Commercial Break

During my commercial break I spent most of the time in Australia (2.5 years) travelling across the continent for 35.000km in my ’95 Mitsubishi Pajero. Other than that I had the chance to stand on the rim of an active volcano and travel the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway via Abakan, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude to Ulaanbaatar. In the Mongolian steppe a dream came true by coincidence when I was able to ride a horse into the Mongolian sunset.

...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.

In that period of time I was traveling in   Thailand,   USA,   Hong Kong,   Australia,   Indonesia,   Vanuatu,   Russia,   Mongolia and   China.

2011
Jan
PERMANENT

  • Studio: PIXOMONDO
  • Location:   Berlin, Germany
  • Role: Motion Designer (Permanent)
  • Time: 2011–2013
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
  • ocation:   London, United Kingdom
  • Role: Motion Designer (Intern)
  • Time: March 2010 – May 2010
2007
Jan
STUDIES

Freie Hochschule Freiburg

2004
Jan
APPRENTICESHIP
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AVAYA

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