Toolfarm, based in San Francisco since 1999, is a leading reseller and distributor of video software products and third-party plug-ins, with an emphasis on After Effects plug-ins, as well as 3D Animation plug-ins and software. Known also for distribution, high-quality customer service and training, it has become THE place to shop for all motion graphics tools.
On October 18, 2004, Toolfarm acquired AEFreemart.com - an online resource and portal for users of Adobe After Effects and Motion Graphics Tools. Toolfarm now provides downloadable projects and user group listings.
On February 19th, 2009, Toolfarm acquired the assets of Pluginz.com - an online e-commerce resource for information about digital content creation, including it's network which includes bedagi.com, editingutopia.com, post601.com, 3dplugins.com, and vfxplugins.com.
San Francisco, CA
Jason Sharp took over as President and CEO of Toolfarm in 2003, and refocused the company on video software with attention to plug-ins. Prior to Toolfarm, Jason worked as the Business Development Manager at Boris FX, and as Director of Sales at Synthetik Software, which focused on natural digital media generation in both video and still imagery. Jason's career started at Terran Interactive, helping establish their flagship product, Media Cleaner, as the industry's standard for multimedia compression, which was acquired by Media 100 during that time. This introduction into multimedia propelled his interest into the world of editing and visual effects, then naturally After Effects, after being given a free copy of Adobe's After Effects 4.0 - Classroom in a Book.
Jason was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Tokyo, and now lives in San Francisco with his wife, Patty, 3 children, a dog and cat. He owns a kegerator.
Colin Sharp began as VP of Sales for Toolfarm in 2003, joining Jason in refocusing the company on video software with attention to plug-ins. Prior to Toolfarm, Colin worked as the Director of Educational Sales at Pinnacle Systems, and as Director of Sales for Puffin Designs, the makers of Commotion.
Colin's career began with Jason at Terran Interactive, helping establish their flagship product, Media Cleaner, as the industry's standard for multimedia compression which was acquired by Media 100 during that time.
Colin also co-owns and helps operate Unheard Skateboard Distribution based in Portland, OR which houses 3 popular skateboard brands: Bacon Skateboards, Lifeblood Skateboards and Merde Skateboards.
Grand Rapids, MI
Michele Yamazaki is Pluginologist for Toolfarm (www.toolfarm.com), a value added reseller and distributor of visual effects software. She recently wrote Plug-in with After Effects: Third Party Plug-in Mastery, which came out in June 2011. She co-authored Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers with Jeremy Hanke, published in 2009 by MWP.
Michele started at Postworks as a motion graphics artist. She taught After Effects and Photoshop at Kendall College of Art & Design. In 2001 she launched AEFreemart.com and in 2002 co-founded West Michigan Animation & Effects User Group. She is a former board member of MCA-I Mid-Michigan and West Michigan Film & Video Alliance. Michele has a BA from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Grand Rapids with her lovely daughter, Lily, and her cats, Matilda and Tressa.
Grand Rapids, MI
Alicia is part of the marketing and design/content development team at Toolfarm. She has demoed plugins and software at shows and expos and coordinates various marketing materials. She joined the Toolfarm team in 2007 after a 5 year stint at Postworks, where she developed video, print and web materials. She has owned AVsolutions, a motion graphics design company in Grand Rapids, MI, since 1999. She has a BFA from Grand Valley State University.
San Francisco, CA
Shizue joined as Toolfarm's Finance Manager in 2008 to organize and protect the company's monetary efficiencies. Previous to Toolfarm, Shizue spent 10 years working for the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Francisco.
Shizue has 2 cats, Slim and Gizmo, and despite living in San Francisco, she is an avid A's fan.
Brian started working for Toolfarm in 2008 helping with phone calls and demo downloads until moving into operations in early 2011. Highly educated in graphic and multimedia design, he finds himself enjoying the technical aspects and post-production realization more than the actual design process. Always learning, Brian enjoys his job in operations at Toolfarm.
When not helping customers realize their own projects, Brian enjoys skateboarding and seeing as many live music shows as possible. Brian lives in Portland, OR.
Johnny Turgesen joined Toolfarm in 2009, working just two days a week as Colin's underling, helping out with phone calls and demo downloads. Johnny now works full time in sales.
Before helping out at Toolfarm, Johnny was working in sales and marketing with Colin at Unheard Skate Supply. Johnny still helps out on his free time taking out the trash and folding shirts for love of the company and skateboarding.
Johnny lives in Portland, OR, with his girlfriend Alicia.
Spencer began work at Toolfarm in early 2013 for marketing, social media management, and website optimization. He has a strong background in graphic design and photography which is why he definitely loves a good plug-in.
Outside of Toolfarm, Spencer enjoys skateboarding, IPA's, and exploring the vast world of hashtagging. He lives in #Portland, Oregon with his wife Sakiko, and their daughter Amelie Keiko.