Jon Lorenz and Jeff Willette join Santa Monica-based commercial studio.
Timber announced that it has hired art director Jon Lorenz and digital effects supervisor Jeff Willette.
Lorenz has worked with such companies as Buck, Royal, Modus Operandi, Big Block, Troika, Mocean, and Oishii Creative. He has been on staff at Shilo as a designer/compositor and served as art director at King and Country (including a leadership role in the Motel 6 “Metamorphosis” campaign). He has also collaborated directly with clients on projects for H2/History Channel for “Rise Against the Machines/Hangar 1” and Vivint; and on projects for Lime TV via agency Just Knight and with T3 via agency Dark Horse.
“Having freelanced with Timber on projects for the past year, I've concluded that the company is in a class of its own,” says Lorenz. “More than just a working community, the team is a family with a shared pulse of growth, ambition and heart.”
Having started his career at Traveling Pictures Animation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Willette has worked at a wide variety of studios including Mirada, Method, Asylum, Sony Pictures Imageworks and a52.
Notable projects for Willette include the “Fallout 4” opening cinematic for Mirada, the Jameson “Fire” commercial for Method Studios, Terminator Salvation and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, both for Asylum. His work has garnered a series of awards and award nominations including VES, HPA, Addy and Clio awards. He also collaborated on HBO’s Carnivale, which garnered an Emmy award for outstanding main title design.
“I had collaborated with [Timber] previously,” says Willette. “When I saw what they had put together with Timber, the diverse blend of artists and interesting projects, I knew I wanted to be a part of that and add my skill set to the mix.”