Jim Burakoff

Jim Burakoff

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First Name * Jim
Last Name * Burakoff
Username * jsburakoff
Country * United States
City Berkeley
Languages English


Current Position Animator
Areas of Expertise Games ComputerGames ConsoleMotion Picture or VideoVFX
Preferred Tools AnimationAfter EffectsMAYAPhotoshopHTMLPremiereEditingPhotographyLighting


Availability: Freelance
Website www.jimburakoff.com


Jim Burakoff
Email: Jim@JimBurakoff.com
Phone: 781-307-5722

I am currently moving to San Francisco and am looking for freelance or full time work in computer animation.


Anzovin Studio 2/06-3/06 Amherst, MA
Worked on cinematics for The Da Vinci Code video game and Sid Meier's Railroads. Duties included character animation, lighting, and general troubleshooting in Maya 7.

The Incident at Tower 37 9/05-1/06 Amherst, MA
Participated as a character animator in the production of an ambitious 10 minute animated short produced by Hampshire College students and alumni, under the direction of Hampshire professor Chris Perry.

Curious Pictures 6/04-8/04 New York, NY
Intern for television production company. Created pre-visualizations for advertising campaigns using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Maya. Some 3D animation.

Hampshire College 1/03-5/05 Amherst, MA

-Graduated with a BA in computer animation.
-Completed full-time, year-long thesis (Division III) in personality-driven character animation. Project included detailed animation analysis of common character archetypes in popular films, 90 seconds of original accompanying animation, and a public presentation of this work.
-Completed four computer animation courses at Hampshire (Animation I, II, III and Integrated Media Seminar), and extensive independent work. Projects included a short story adaptation and several vignettes, and required modeling, rigging, shading, lighting, animation, lip-syncing, sound (in Pro-Tools), and editing (in Premiere and After Effects).
-Acted as director for Animation III group project.
-Completed photography, digital imaging, acting, video, and sound courses to build related skills.


Co-nect 6/02-8/02, 12/02 Arlington/Cambridge, MA
Web production for consulting firm specializing in K-12 education. Designed and adapted web pages, created content for Co-nect’s web site, and performed general administrative tasks.

Mazer Digital Media 6/01-8/01 Somerville, MA
Corrected content proofs for educational web site using Flash and Illustrator at media production company.

LingoMotors, Inc. 1/01-3/01 Cambridge, MA
Maintained, updated, and troubleshot web site of company developing intuitive search-engine software.

Arlington Public Schools Arlington, MA
Instructor, PC Construction Course 4/01-6/01: Designed, organized, and taught course on assembling desktop PC from components.
Instructor, Photoshop Workshop 11/00: Designed, organized, and taught one and a half week Photoshop workshop within Journalism 2 course.


Hunt's Photo and Video 3/06-11/06 Amherst, MA
Salesperson for camera and photography supply store.

RadioShack 10/05-1/06 Northampton, MA
Salesperson for electronics store.


Hampshire College (transfer 1/03, BA 5/05)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (9/01-12/02)