who is this guy?
Jake Guttormsson is a sketchbook artist and writer, who moonlights as a digital producer at a venerable ad agency in New York City. Previously, he worked in the animation, design, and post production industry for 14 years. In 2002, he won an Emmy Award for Motion Design, and later in 2009, Jake won the Global Grand Prize in Motion Design at the Cut & Paste Design Competition. He lives with his family in New Jersey.
The Saline Project’s Title Sequence for “Mortal Enemies” Winner of the 2002 Best Motion Graphics in News or Documentary Programming
The Saline Project was only 2 years old when we got asked to work on “Mortal Enemies,” a documentary for the Discovery Channel. It tells the intertwining personal histories of Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat and their involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I was part of the team charged with the design and execution of a 60 second animated opening sequence, as well as an number of interstitials for the show. With total access to the New York Times Photo Archive, 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 and revealing 3-d space. One of the earliest stand out jobs for the Saline Project, we became one of the pioneers of the “Frozen Time” technique so prevalent in Motion Graphics today.
Because of our efforts, I and the rest of the Saline Project team won Emmy awards for “Best Motion Graphics in News or Documentary Programming.”
It Began with Skrewtape! (2000)
The video for Skrewtape was shot in a loft in the Starret Lehigh building at 26th and 11th. I would watch the prophetic sunsets over New Jersey 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!
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.