Hello 2021, my name is
Thanks for visiting my new website! Over a 16 year career, I lived and worked across North America on a range of video and graphic design projects. Like so many people in 2020, my path shifted abruptly. I'm excited to find the next big project and adventure, so if you'd like to collaborate, check out these examples and let's connect. I appreciate your time.
- Rob Thomas
From 2013 to our recent COVID-related closure in 2020, I resided at Avalon Hollywood (formerly The Palace), a historic venue and nightclub in the Walk of Fame area of Hollywood and Vine. I controlled video content and live cues for over a thousand special events, concerts, fundraisers, film screenings, and parties. Each weekend, the 40-foot stage transformed into a nightclub. World-class DJs packed the house with electronic music fans, while as house VJ, I kept the visuals and lighting dancing to the same beat as the crowd below. But whether at a high-class catered fundraiser or in the middle of the dancefloor, I turn live events into memorable experiences.
Over the years, I've been lucky to work with a number of fantastic clients on a variety of fun and engaging projects. But inside the fun, there's lots of work to be done. My duties were widespread and turnkey: I assessed clients' plans, offered creative options, provided spec and deliverables, received content, formatted it and designed its use on our custom 13-screen video system, and operated the video console for all our most memorable live events. Here are a few of my favorites.
art in motion
Ever since reading a Ray Tracing manual as a teen, I enjoy rendering 3D and motion graphics via Cinema4D, Blender, and Adobe CC. But for getting the job done and showing those creations to a wide audience, Resolume Arena is the industry standard for events and live performance. I use a toolkit of Arena, Premiere, and Photoshop, to deliver formats and ideas in new ways.
Sabrina Carpenter - Jimmy Kimmel Live - March 2018
I designed and edited the background video and feedback loop camer effect for Sabrina Carpenter's live performance on Jimmy Kimmel. After Effects CC, Premiere.
Rob Thomas - Editing, Videography Reel
This is a collection of videos I shot and edited when working as an editor and cameraman in New York City.
For my entire life, I've been exploring artistic expression through collective and personal history: music, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and performance. How are our influences and desires enmeshed within the massive, literal Web of meaning, purpose, and reference we know today? Here are a few snapshots from 10 years of design.