Jerry Thompson was born, raised and educated in Las Vegas, NV. Eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in film production from UNLV. While there, he wrote and illustrated a bi-weekly comic strip called Primal Squat for the university newspaper, and had illustrations published in a variety of local newspapers and magazines. He self published a collection of his works, and sold several dozen copies. Mostly to family. He’s got a couple boxes left in his garage if you want one. He worked his way through school drawing caricatures at some of the biggest hotels on the Strip. He was a full time artist for almost seven years, and was a manager for most of that time, drawing over 35,000 people from live sittings, and helping to train dozens of artists who worked with him.
After completing college, he founded Light Forge Studios. Since then he has been working full time as a director, cinematographer, writer, editor, motion graphics and visual effects artist. He has shot two feature films, dozens of commercials and television shows, as well as music videos, web series, corporate and instructional videos and promotional videos for shows and entertainers on the strip.
In 2009 Jerry co-wrote and co-directed Thor at the Bus Stop, his first feature film, with brother and long time creative partner Mike Thompson. The film had successful screenings at several prestigious international film festivals including Cinevegas and the Austin International Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Mention for Independent Filmmaking. It enjoyed a limited theatrical release and worldwide dvd and digital distribution through VCI media.
In 2014 Jerry and Mike wrote and directed Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West, their second feature film starring circus legend Gregory Popovich. It won the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Dances With Films Film Festival in Hollywood. It played to a packed house in the Las Vegas Film Festival and was accepted in the 2014 Austin International Film Festival. It also enjoyed a limited theatrical release.
Jerry and Mike have written and directed dozens of multi-award winning short films together.
Light Forge Studios has won the Las Vegas 48 Hour film competition a record three times, and won the UNLV 48 hour film competition the first two years it was held. Their combined eight 48 hour films have collectively earned 32 awards, including 5 best film wins.
For his artistic and professional achievements, the UNLV Department of Fine Arts selected Jerry as their 2009 Alumni of the year.