Rich’s past experience includes hundreds of projects involving every aspect of production and post-production.  Rich has won awards for writing, directing, producing, camera and animation as well as still photography and fine art.  Rich is the founder and owner of Animation Works LLC and also freelances as a 3D Animator for feature films and tv commercials.  His writing contributions have been seen in American Photographer magazine, Video Toaster User, Big Idea, Michigan Vue Magazine, Michigan Movie Magazine and many others.




  • Basic Stats

    Name: Richard (Rich) Jackson

    Born: Detroit, MI

    Home: Rochester, MI

    Phone: (248)202-9889


  • Work History

    Owner/President                                         October 2012 - Present

    Ghost Med!a LLC

    Rochester Hills, MI

    iBook Publisher, digital media creation,

    Apple app authoring.



    Owner/President                                          January 1994 - Present

    Animation Works LLC

    Rochester, MI

    3D animation, 3D modeling, pre-viz,

    videography, video editing.



    Digital Media Arts Instructor                 August 2009 - December 2011

    Spec Howard School of Media Arts,

    Farmington Hills, MI

    Taught and designed curriculum for

    Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Photoshop.



    Film Workshop Instructor                            April 2009 – March 2010

    Spec Howard School of Media Arts,

    Southfield, MI

    Taught and designed curriculum for

    Cinematography, Directing, Lighting.



    3D Artist/Animator                                 April 2008 – November 2008

    Mid Coast Studio, Troy, MI

    High-end photographic and CGI house.



    CGI Specialist                                        March 2005 – December 2007

    eVOX Productions LLC

    Troy, MI

    High-end automotive imaging studio.



    Senior 3D Designer                             January 2003 – December 2004

    Armstrong White

    Bloomfield Hills, MI

    Photo retouching and CGI design house.



    Co-owner / Graphic Designer              January 1997 – December 1998

    Animation Factory LLC

    Oak Park, MI

    Stock motion graphics for video production.



    LightWave 3D Instructor                                         Summer 1996

    Media Power LLC

    Southfield, MI

    Video production/digital media training school.



    3D Artist/Animator                                 June 1993 – December 1995

    Digital Animation Corporation

    Southfield, MI

    Stock/custom 3D animation house



    Producer/ Director                             January 1989 – December 1993

    Create-Tech, Troy, MI

    Industrial/corporate video production,

    3D animation & computer graphics.



    Owner/President                                       January 1985 – June 1994

    Slammer Graphics

    Rochester, MI

    Freelance Artist, Painter,

    graphic design.



    Freelance CGI Writer                                       June 1998 - Present

    Published in:

    3D Artist Magazine, New Tekniques Magazin, Big Idea, Michigan Vue,

    Michigan Movie Magazine.

  • Education

    Oakland Community College

    Business and Fine Arts Major Auburn Hills, MI

    Fall 1982 - Fall 1987


    Oakland University

    Business Major concentration in Marketing and Advertising Rochester, MI

    Summer 1986 - Winter 1987


    Additional training:


    Final Cut Studio certification

    Media Power

    Southfield, MI


    Final Cut Studio, Apple Motion, Soundtrack Pro certification

    Mac Professionals, Novi, MI


    Avid Media Composer, Apple Motion, Photoshop

    Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Southfield, MI


    Photoshop Training

    Kelby Training

    Novi, MI (3 years)



    Side Effect Software

    Toronto, Canada


    Lightwave 3D training

    Newtek Training Tour

    Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI


    Multiple Post-Production Apps.

    Postapalooza Conference (7 years)

    Mount Pleasant, MI, Kalamazoo, MI


    Film Production

    Dove Simon's Film School

    Detroit, MI


    DSLR Cinematography

    Gem Schofield "Power up" Sessions

    Farmington Hills, Mi, Mount Pleasant, MI


    National Association of Broadcasters Conference

    Las Vega, NV (7 years)



    Digital Video Expo Conference

    Chicago, IL (3 years)


  • Awards

    Telly Award, Silver - "Best Motion Graphics ",

    "Anything But Ordinary", TV commercial.

    Telly Award, Silver - "Best Script ",

    "Anything But Ordinary", TV commercial.

    Telly Award, Bronze - "Best Use of Animation in Non-broadcast Production",

    "WKTV, Turn On 28th Street".

    Telly Award, Bronze - "Best Use of 3D Animation",

    "Specs Howard, Graphics Design Program TV commercial"

    Telly Award, Bronze - "Best Director",

    "Specs Howard, Graphics Design Program TV commercial"

    Comcast Albert Award "Best Production",

    "TV man", music video

    People's Choice Award, SEMAFX Film Festival,

    "Chicken Sushi"

    I have also contributed to numerous productions that have won other Telly, Target, ADDY and CLIO Awards.

  • Past Clients List

    Merial Pharmaceutical
    Delphi Automotive


    Ford Motor Company
    Henry Ford Hospital

    Milwaukee Panthers Basketball

    The Minds of Medicine TV show

    Marvel Entertainment

    General Dynamics

    Summit Muscular Therapy

    Law Office of Joumana Kayrouz


    Coxx Communications

    Factory Labs

    Houston Electric Company
    Virtual Prototypes

    Guthy-Renker LLC

    Brauer Productions

    ESSEN BioScience
    DTE Energy

    Digital Meddia Works LLC
    City of Detroit
    City of Oak Park

    City of Wyoming
    Textron Automotive Company
    Virtual Prototypes
    Bader TV News
    Sv3 Media Corp
    Faith Lutheran Church

    Bader TV News

    Virtual Prototypes

    Daniel Brian & Associates

    United Shore

  • Other Skills/Hobbies

    Owner/President of Animation Works LLC


    Owner/President of Ghost Media LLC


    Past Certified in parachuting


    Michigan Motorcycle License


    Certified PADI Scuba Diver


    Published Writer/Author


    Apple Authorized Developer


    Patented Inventor


    Member of American Shotokan Karate Association


    Michigan Concealed Pistol Permit


    Member/ Past President of SEMAFX, (South East Michigan Animation and Effects Network)


    Member of MPA, (Michigan Production Alliance)


    Member of WMFVA, (West Michigan Film and Video Alliance)


    Member of AR Detroit, (Augmented Reality sig group)



    Fitness enthusiast, bio-hacker, mud runner, amateur musician, photographer, indie Film-maker, prop-maker, fossil collector.