Steve Jennings

Founder and Director at Grasshorse, Steve Jennings unique combination of savvy advertising direction and technically challenging animation and visual effects work was formed through a combination of early career experiences. After film school, Jennings was an assistant to controversial British Director, Tony Kaye where he assisted the Director during the production of American History X. Jennings directed his first spots for Plan B Skateboards and Max Factor while at Tony Kaye Films.


Jennings worked in visual effects on Hollywood tent-pole blockbusters while working at Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks. He was trained as a compositor, managed technicians and gained intimate knowledge of studio operations, technical infrastructure and pipeline development.

Jennings opened Grasshorse in 2002 as a boutique, offering animation and visual effects services in Atwater Village, CA. Jennings pioneered hybrid animation techniques for Craig McCracken’s Powerpuff Girls television series by mashing visual effects with 2D animation aesthetics. Jennings further developed his style while working on Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Jennings was recognized as Graduating Film School Representative to California Institute of the Arts Board of Trustees which included Director Emeritus of the Walt Disney Company Roy E. Disney. Jennings was the recipient of The Princess Grace Foundation Film Award from the Royal Family of Monaco.