the work of director

Jake Nelson


In making visual content, Jake draws from his experience as an editor, animator, colorist, visual effects artist, and storyboard artist.

A wide skillset allows him to take a project from conception to delivery efficiently.

Music Video




Other Work


  • Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry 2016 campaign (Harbor Picture Company)
  • Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry 2015 campaign (Harbor Picture Company)
  • Bloomingdale’s Bridal Registry 2014 campaign (Harbor Picture Company)
  • Jack Daniels – A Bartender’s Tale (animation)
  • Gannett Brand Strategy (animation)
  • Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – “Make it Rain feat. Maino,” “Another Ride,” “Mama Knows”
  • Madsol-Desar – “Better Days Hip Hop”
  • Cracked Latin – “Ringtone,” “Alone With You”
  • The Cringe – “Deep Girl,” “Finally”
  • Groz – “Barefoot Town
  • My Midnight Heart – “Drown,” “Salome”
  • Frankie – “Powder”

Flame Artist (Moondog, The Artery VFX, Artjail, Gloss VFX, Jed Root, Lonely Leap, Harbor Picture Company)


  • Dream/killer (dir. Andrew Jenks)
  • The Hungry Boy (co directed by Jake Nelson and Cem Kurtulus)
  • Winner, Best Animation: 2013 Athens International Animation Festival)
  • Official Selection: Annecy International Animation Festival (2012)
  • Official Selection: Melbourne International Animation Festival (2013)
  • Official Selection: Animation Block Party (2013, 2015)

Storyboard Artist (Smuggler, Mssng Peces, Harbor Picture Company, Uber Content, HSI)

  • Debeers Diamonds (dir. Todd Field)
  • Radio Shack (dir. Todd Field)
  • Tylenol (dir. Todd Field)
  • NASCAR (dir. Todd Field)
  • Al Gore Climate Reality Project (dir. Joss Nussbaum)
  • Sunglass Hut (dir. Theo Stanley)
  • MTV Digital (various campaigns)
  • VH1 Dating Naked Promo

On Site Illustrator (Phd Media, Omnicom Media Group, Thoughtly Crew)

  • Unilever
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Southwest
  • Auto Trader
  • Harry Winston
  • Snuggle


  • Winner: Art Battles at Le Poisson Rouge April 9, 2015
  • Winner: Art Battles at Le Poisson Rouge March 26, 2015
  • 2nd Place: Art Battles at Le Poisson Rouge April 16, 2015
  • Dorian Grey Gallery – East VIllage NYC (Successful shows in August 2011 and April 2015)
  • Live painting at Bowery Electric 2013
  • Live painting at Highline Ballroom 2009
  • Live painting at 92Y Tribeca 2009


  • Loyola Marymount University
  • 2003-2007 – Film Production
  • Instruction included Directing, Editing, Sound Design, Acting, Cinematography, Screenwriting, and Production.


  • Autodesk Flame (beta tester) – compositing, beauty, animation
  • Adobe Suite – editing, retouching, matte painting, motion graphics
  • Assimilate Scratch – color correction
  • Fine Art – oil painting



Jake was born in rural Southern Oregon, studied film in Los Angeles, worked in New York City for 10 years, and now splits time between London and the aforementioned cities. He is currently in NYC.

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