Steve KolbeAssistant Professor
Area of Focus: Film and New Media
Steve Kolbe (Assistant Professor) is the latest faculty member to join the Film and New Media faculty in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. His career in the television and film industry began 1992 when he interned on commercial film shoots for an advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduating from the University of Kansas in 1994 with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design, Kolbe found that he enjoyed the production and post-production processes of making commercials more than the advertising side of the projects. Steve dabbled in 3D on his own as a freelancer in the Omaha market and soon joined the Omaha production company, North Sea Films where he evolved into an editor, compositor and 3D artist.
In 1998 he moved to Dallas, TX and attended the Art Institute to further develop his 3D talents. By 1999, he was involved in the Paramount Pictures film, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, where he quickly became Head of the Layout Department. The film garnered an Academy Award Nomination for best animated feature film in 2001. Following the success of the film, Kolbe stayed in Dallas and worked for several years as Technical Director and Layout Director on the subsequent Jimmy Neutron television series. By 2003, Kolbe had moved to Los Angeles to be the Layout Director for the Paramount feature film, Barnyard. Moving back to Dallas, he advanced to be Assistant Director for the direct-to-DVD series, Boz. It was this move that allowed Kolbe to transform into a CG and Digital Supervisor on a wide range of movies, television shows and commercials. In 2009, Kolbe won an Emmy Award as Technical Director for the Back at the Barnyard television series for Nickelodeon.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UNL, Kolbe continues to work as a Director, Producer, Digital Supervisor and consultant for major Hollywood 3D animation studios.