who is this guy?

Jake Guttormsson

Jake Guttormsson

Creative Person

I am a sketchbook artist and writer, who moonlights as a digital producer at a venerable advertising agency in New York City. Previously, I worked in the animation, design, and post production industry for 14 years. In 2002, I won an Emmy Award for Motion Design, and in 2009, I won the Global Grand Prize in Motion Design at the Cut & Paste Design Competition. I live with my family in New Jersey.

my first book is now on sale!

  • Alphabet Adventures, Volume 1: Outer Space

    $ 15.00

autographed copies

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drawings and animation

Bugs!

Bugs!

February 14, 2015

Global Champion

Global Champion

February 13, 2015

Alphabet Adventures

Alphabet Adventures

January 25, 2015

Heads

Heads

January 12, 2015

Moleskines and Blackwings

Moleskines and Blackwings

January 1, 2013

Jet Blue

Jet Blue

January 1, 2006

Xmas Wrath

Xmas Wrath

December 25, 2005

Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy

December 1, 2005

THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS

Ever since 7th grade, when I first saw “The Night of the Living Dead,” zombies have freaked the hell out of me.

I started on this short in October of 2010 as a little 15 second animation I was going to send out as a Halloween card. Then, like a lot of my projects, I got swept up in some other things and didn’t finish on time. When I returned to the project months later, I started developing the project further and further, I came up with the Zombie Hunter concept and the storyline got darker. I dropped this cute little witch, a jack-o’lantern, and a ghost, and focused in on the zombie. I hope they return someday in something else.

The main Zombie design came from a sketch I did on a index card 5 or 6 years before. That’s how long it can take ideas to creep up on you.

There was this idea for a flashback scene that I cut, realizing that it might add another 6 months onto a project that already took 18 months to complete. Maybe some day I’ll add it in. I think it further  rounds out the whole idea of the piece, and makes you pity the zombies more.

I composed the music track “What the F*** is Slithering Towards Me?” with the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer Plus cartridge for the Nintendo DS in the summer of 2010 as part of The Commuter Album. It’s such a creepy sounding song, I’m really pleased with how well it pairs up with the animation.

One final note, the sign at around :44 is based on a childhood mememory. Behind my elementary shool, there was a large fenced in wooded area in the middle of a residential block. Inside live 3 deer that somebody kept as pets. We would hang out by the fence before school, standing in the snowbanks by the side of the road watching the deer skitter around in the woods. I don’t think they ever came up to the fence to check us out but hung out back amongst the trees. On the fence was a sign. “Please do not feed Fitger, Rex, or Zombie.”

MOTION GRAPHICS AND POST PRODUCTION

Mortal Enemies

Winner of the 2002 Best Motion Graphics in News or Documentary Programing

The Saline Project was only 2 years old when we were invited to work on “Mortal Enemies,” a documentary for the Discovery Channel.  The show examined the intertwining personal histories of Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat through their involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We were responsible for the 60 second animated opening sequence, as well as an number of story telling interstitials that appeared throughout show. With total access to the New York Times Photo Archive, a lot of Photoshop work, and After Effects’s then new 3-d Camera, we created a montage of “Living Photographs.” The camera pushing in and out of the photographs, using 3d parallax to give the illusion of space.

The Mortal Enemies production team rented out the production offices of “Shipmates,” which was on hiatus. It was a dating show, along the lines of “Blind Date,” but set on a cruise ship. Chris Hardwick, of Nerdist fame, was the host. During late night animation sessions we would raid the dv tape cabinet and watch raw footage of the show, as well as outtakes of Chris Hardwick’s monologues. It was glorious! At the awards ceremony, I forgot to thank Chris Hardwick in our acceptance speech. I’ve always regretted that.

reels, projects, and archives

Demo Reel, 2012

Demo Reel, 2012

February 19, 2012

ESPYs 2011

ESPYs 2011

July 31, 2011

Best Special Effects VMA

Best Special Effects VMA

October 10, 2009

Video Invasion

Video Invasion

May 11, 2009

Demo Reel, 2008

Demo Reel, 2008

February 19, 2008

Mr. Bighands

Mr. Bighands

June 1, 2007

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts

April 1, 2007

Project K

Project K

January 1, 2006

The Saline Project’s Music Videos Archive, Part 1

The Saline Project’s Music Videos Archive, Part 1

January 31, 2004

The Saline Project’s Music Videos Archive Part 2

The Saline Project’s Music Videos Archive Part 2

January 30, 2004

The Saline Project’s Animatics

The Saline Project’s Animatics

January 1, 2003

110 Stories

110 Stories

September 11, 2002

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST

Music

I started violin lessons at the age of 6. I was in a number of bands throughout high school and college. Music has always been a major part of my life. I’ve only composed professionally for a handful of projects in the early 00’s, but I try to put together an album every 5 years or so. I don’t know if I have any fans, but I like it.

The Zombie Hunters

The Zombie Hunters

February 15, 2015

The Commuter Album, 2011

The Commuter Album, 2011

February 15, 2015

Bugs!

Bugs!

February 14, 2015

The Indefatigable Hulk

The Indefatigable Hulk

February 14, 2015

Composer

Composer

September 10, 2002

God. Devil. Geek.

God. Devil. Geek.

January 1, 2002

SKREWTAPE!

The video for Skrewtape was shot in a loft in the Starret Lehigh building at 26th and 11th, while working as a studio assistant for a painter. When the cat was away, I would download tons of music off Napster and just record myself doing stupid shit with my nikon cool pix. It could shoot 360 x 240 QuickTimes! Oh, digital age!

“Skrewtape!” comes from an audio recording of “The Screwtape Letters” . The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter.