An experienced industry veteran, Evan Jacobs is regarded as a dynamic and versatile member of the visual effects industry. He has proven himself to be adept at designing bold “in your face” visuals in effects-driven films such as Olympus Has Fallen, Alice in Wonderland, Resident Evil: Extinction and Ben 10: Alien Swarm. His work on Ben 10: Race Against Time was nominated for two VES Awards in 2007. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, he has contributed “invisible effects” to projects such as Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story, Hollywoodland and 16 Blocks. Serving the story is always his primary focus and his extensive background in physical visual effects techniques such as miniatures as well as modern tools like CGI allow him to tailor his approach to the filmmaker’s vision while maximizing the available resources.
Early in his career, Jacobs had the good fortune to learn from some of the most well respected visual effects artists in the industry, working his way up through the trenches at leading effects houses of the day such as Boss Film Studios and Fantasy II Film Effects. He went on to serve as miniatures supervisor on the Tim Burton film Ed Wood and then in 1994, he co-founded Vision Crew Unlimited, a company specializing in miniatures and mechanical effects.
Evan served as the company’s Executive Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, contributing to many films such as The Mummy, Dinosaur, Armageddon, and Titanic. His company was also a leader in the advertising market, providing notable effects in commercials for Mazda, Lexus, Dr. Pepper, Nissan, Jeep, Dodge, Toyota, and Coca-Cola to name but a few.
In 1998, Jacobs was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects for a Miniseries for HBO's From the Earth to the Moon.
After eight successful years operating Vision Crew, Jacobs and his partners shuttered the company and Jacobs went on supervise visual effects for the indie feature What the #$*! Do We Know?! which became the third highest grossing documentary of 2004.
Jacobs then joined Digital Domain in Venice, CA where he served as the 3D Department Manager for two years before returning to visual effects supervision in 2005.
Jacobs is an active member of the VES and the PGA, and has spoken at industry conferences such as Australian Effects and Animation Festival and Post/LA as well as being and instructor for the Entertainment Studies Extension Program at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for three years.