Jaime Ekkens was born in South Korea and adopted by American parents in Grand Rapids Michigan. Having received a BFA from Kendall Collage of Art and Design majoring in Illustration in 2007, she moved to New York City and successfully pursued her MFA in Computer Arts.
Professional experiences include freelance animator, video editor, associate producer, special effects supervisor, gallery assistant, film distribution, and live action shoots. Noteworthy internships include VH1's On-Air Graphics department and the adult swim show Venture Brothers.
After graduation from SVA, Ekkens was an Associate Producer and in-house Motion Graphics Artist for Mark Haefeli Productions. Following that an Animation Curator and Motion Graphics Artist for Big Screen Plaza, an outdoor arts venue in Chelsea for 2 years. Upon the dissolve of Big Screen Plaza, Ekkens was a freelance After Effects Artist for Prudential Advertising for 3 years while simultaneously completing and promoting her first independent short film “A Life with Asperger's”.
The film went on an enormously successful film festival run, making it into over 80 international film festivals in countries across the globe. Additionally, "A Life with Asperger's" was also chosen to tour the US with Reel Abilities and Sprout Film Festival, eventually ending in distribution with Sprout Media. The short aired on Sydney Public Access in Australia a year after premiering with Sydney Underground Film Festival and enjoyed a short stint on VOD in Sprout Media's block.
3 more independent short films followed - All while juggling near constant freelance work including the award-winning short "Suffering is the Easy Part", which was a collaboration with accomplished writer and friend, Loren Kleinman.
More recent clients include the fashion blog Refinery 29, where Ekkens animated, designed and illustrated 2 branded content videos for Murad Skin Care, and helped launch R29's snapchat channel. Yahoo! Studios where she worked on motion graphics for the Katie Couric's web show "Now I Get It" and Joe Zee's correspondence for Fashion Week Spring 2016. Ekkens was the lead motion designer branding the video channels for Seriously.tv and RatedRed.com, a joint venture with Hearst Digital and Verizon. She was part of the 3 person design team that worked to update the show package for ABC's "The Chew". From there, Ekkens worked with the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign on 2 online ads featuring Nyle DiMarco for 'Get Out the Vote!'. Upon completion, she freelanced for CBS News as an After Effects Artist, primarily working on featured stories for air on "CBS This Morning." Ekkens followed up by another freelance stint at Yahoo! Studios for more Fashion Week Fall 2016 in addition to other projects like show opens for Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Politics.
She also was able to complete a 1 minute short, "Colonic Adventures", for The Dumb Sh*t Show- anti-film festival, curated by friends Twins Art Weird, which premiered in Brooklyn summer 2016. Ekkens is currently in post-production her first live-action narrative short film "The Mall" starring Olivia Killingsworth, who also served as a co-producer. "The Mall" is a short story monologue written by Mary Crosby which was converted into a script. Also in post is a live-action short, shot cinema veritei style and partially on a go-pro, while volunteering in Thailand with elephants with the Surin Project. Film stills from her auto-biographical short "The Complete Circle" were featured in a curated group art show in Manhattan's financial district as part of Animation Nights New York - Best of Year festival celebrations.
Ekkens served on the Board of Directors of NYC ACM SIGGRAPH for 4 years (2009 - 2013) where she was co-chaired Metro CAF, a student showcase for local New York City college and graduate level student animation for 2 year and helped put together the monthly work-in-progress screening showcase "Bring Your Own Animation".
She continues to work in the motion graphics industry while directing and producing independent short films that screen all over the world.
She loves international travel, cooking and studying foreign languages.
• A Life with Asperger's (2013)
• Suffering is the Easy Part (2015)
• The Complete Circle (2016)
• Single Asian Female Online (2016)
• Colonic Adventures (2016)
• The Mall (2016)
• Swimming with Elephants (later 2016)
• Unexplained Infertility (2017)
• 2005 District Level Gold Addy - Animation
• 2005 Regional Level Silver Addy - Illustration Silver Addy - Animation
• 2006 Festival of the Arts - Film and Video Competition - Top Honors for Haunted
• 2013 Best Animation - Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood
• 2013 Best Documentary - Jury Award -Sacramento Music and Arts Festival
• 2014 Best Animation - Nontzefilmak Short Film Competition
• 2014 Best Writing - Craft Award - ASIFA EAST Awards
• 2014 Indie - Award of Merit: Short Documentary - The Indie Fest
• 2014 Manhattan Film Festival - Film Heals Award
• 2014 Brazil Animate! - Second Place North America
• 2016 Film Heals Award - Manhattan Film Festival
• 2016 Best Writing - ASIFA East