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Behind the Title: Volt Studios EP Amanda Tibbits

NAME: Amanda Tibbits

COMPANY: Minneapolis-based Volt Studios

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We are a one-stop production shop for high-end creative content. We provide production, post production and design.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Partner/Executive Producer

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Basically, I control the time, money and communication for all projects that come through our doors. I am in charge of figuring out how to bring a piece to life within a client’s timeframe and budget.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
I like to refer to myself as a mother hen or air traffic controller, depending on the day. I keep all the artists sane and all the projects moving in and out of the facility.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Getting to work with amazing talent in our studio and collaborating with some of the best creative brains on the client/agency side. And free beer.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Being attached to my desk all day (i.e. air traffic control).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
This is going to sound crazy, but Monday mornings. We all kind of gather, catch up and talk about what is happening that week.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Tap dancer or tambourine player. Those are jobs, right?

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
This job chose me. I answered a classified ad in the paper, which totally makes me sound like a dinosaur. It was a job as a receptionist at a post house. I had no idea what that meant but as soon as I walked in I knew it was where I belonged. That was 20 years ago.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Arby’s TV campaigns are always fun. Every time I get a rough cut and hear the scripts I crack up. The Subaru brand spots we recently finished made me pretty emotional. We just worked on Life cereal’s first TV spot in a decade. I remember “Mikey Likes It.” So, it was cool to see where the brand has evolved to.

jon-stewartWHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
It was pretty fun to be involved in the Arby’s commercial that was a farewell to Jon Stewart. The combination of Ving Rhames singing the Golden Girls theme song and Jon Stewart’s one-liners… we couldn’t go wrong.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
iPhone, Bluetooth in my car and a record player.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
I’m big into Instagram. All my friends want me to Snapchat but I can’t handle one more social media outlet.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK?
I do… Otis Redding, Johnny Cash or The Beastie Boys, depending on my mood.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
See the comment about free beer. No really, I try to get out and enjoy the Minnesota lakes. I also take every minute of my allotted vacation time. No rolling over days over for
this girl.

Behind the Title: Volt creative director Tom Jacobsen

NAME: Tom Jacobsen

COMPANY: Minneapolis-based Volt Studios (@volt_studios)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
A passionate group of creative people working in a downtown Minneapolis office building with two working fireplaces called “The Lumber Exchange.” We also provide motion graphics, VFX, animation, color correction and creative editorial

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Creative Director

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Filling everyone with wonderment.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
Endless surfing on Chrome (for research of course).

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Collaborating on a job with many talented people.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Collaborating on a job with many talented people.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Early morning before everyone arrives at the office. Holding a big cup of joe.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Riding my bicycle cross country.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
I realized as an art student in college that you could make a living making Saturday morning cartoons. Also, having met many famous animators while studying and working in Los Angeles, I also realized that animators live a long time. I was hooked.

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CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
Commercials for Target and Kohl’s, and I recently directed a short film called Bicycle Love Poem. It is showing at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis with the exhibit “Big Bridges, A Collaboration.” Also, Carousel, a 3D projection film that was screened on the facade of the Union Depot train station in St. Paul.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
My animated film The God of our Farm Had Blades and the Golden State Warriors open. They are extremely different, but were both super rewarding.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
iPhone, Grado headphones and my laptop.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK? CARE TO SHARE YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC TO WORK TO?
Yes, I have a wide range of music I listen to depending on what I’m working on. Some favorites: soundtracks, piano concertos and blues.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I take kickboxing and strength training classes five times a week, and I ride my bike.