Steve KolbeAssociate Professor of Virtual Production, Interactive Media, & Cinematic Arts
Area of Focus: Emerging Media Arts
Steve Kolbe is the most recent 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 when he interned on commercial shoots for an advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Graduating from the University of Kansas in 1994 with a degree in Journalism (focusing on 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 learned 3D modeling, texturing, and animation 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.
Moving to Dallas, TX to hone his 3D talents, he found his way onto 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. He moved to Los Angeles to be the Layout Supervisor 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 2010, Kolbe won an Emmy Award while serving as Technical Director for the Back at the Barnyard television series for Nickelodeon.
He has supervised the creation of a large number of 3D procedure animations for Dental Technologies, Inc., MedVisor, and Henry Schien / Dentrix. He has worked on multiple commercial projects for Dreamworks films and was a Digital Supervisor on Kung Fu Panda: the Secrets of the Furious Five. Most recently, he served as VFX Supervisor on an independent film project, 'Lawrence', shot in New York City and directed a pair of animated short films. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UNL, he continues to work as a Director, Producer, Digital Supervisor and consultant for 3D animated projects.