Hey you! Yes, you. How’s life going? I hope well. Personally, my life is a little (read: a lot) stressful, but good overall.
There are some things I realized I’ve never shared with you. Some of my film/video work. I haven’t done a ton of stuff yet, but I am working on doing more once I get a handle on all the new changes happening in my life. For now, I’ll just show you what I have done and link to it.
My first semi-professional video work was in commercials with a few companies. I was an extra in my first commercial for IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association). My right side, from my neck to my waist, is all that is in that one. I was truly a beginner at that time. I’d like to think I’ve graduated a little from there.
My entire family was the primary cast in a commercial for Eli Lilly. Since it was an in-house promotional video I don’t have the link to it, unfortunately.
My next gig was a web video with The Lutheran Foundation‘s LookUp program. I was a primary cast member in their LookUp Overview Student Version video. The LookUp initiative is to raise awareness and support for people who deal with mental illnesses such as depression and eating disorders, as well as many others.
My latest commercial was once again with my family. We were the subjects Visit Indiana’s Indy Tourism commercial for Indiana’s bicentennial year.
I have also directed a few short films. The first film I both co-directed and co-produced. I interned at The Blue House, a film company based in the Midwest, during one of their filmmaking summer camps. This camp, in particular, was for 4th-6th graders who wanted to learn more about filmmaking.
During the week of camp, I helped write, direct, film, and produce The Glitch, a movie about a cyber-villain who plans on taking over the United States government. I also co-starred in the film at the student’s urging. The movie was screened at Launch Fishers at the conclusion of the week, and copies of the movie were made available for sale as well. I also filmed and edited the behind-the-scenes movie for The Glitch, which was screened just before the movie.
The second short film I had a hand in was a video for Heartland Church. The video was an introductory video for a new series of sermons the pastor preached. The video was titled I Am A Chair and focuses on a symbolic chair.
The chair is meant to represent a person, which is demonstrated in the video by the sticky notes with different names of people that are placed on the chair in the video. I also record baptisms and other weekend events for Heartland Church and have also edited together a montage of baptisms that was used as a bumper video at the beginning of a few church services.
The third and most recent short film I produced, directed, and starred in is called Hidden Beneath. The film follows a kleptomaniac janitor, whose encounter with a crying girl encourages him to change his ways. What he doesn’t know, is the girl is going through a contrasting journey. The pain and problems in her life have caused her to descend into madness.
I and my partners on this film, created it during the inaugural Digital Cinema Academy at Indiana University this June. Out of the 20 students at the Academy, four groups of five students were tasked with coming up with their own short story to film. Each team had around 10 total hours (give or take a few here and there ;)) spread out over three days to film and edit our film. The final product of each team, imperfections and all, were screened for parents and some of the IU staff at the conclusion of the week.
I also created a music video for a speaker at a Cru High School meeting. I produced, cast, directed, filmed, and edited the video. The video was put to the song ‘Identity’ by Lecrae and was used by the speaker in a talk about where one finds their identity.
I titled my music video adaptation ‘Where do you find your Identity?‘. The video follows a girl who struggles to find her place, her people, her identity. She searches for it in popularity and friends, in relationships, and when none of that works, in Jesus.
These are some of my film and acting projects that I have completed. I have some in the works and many more to come. I am so excited to share them with you! Stay tuned for more.
Question: What’s something you’ve worked on that you are proud of? Leave your answer in the comment section below.
Jaicey is an emerging actress and filmmaker, with big dreams and goals. She lives with her parents and her two younger brothers in Indianapolis, IN. She is a huge movie and comics nerd and especially loves Marvel. You can often find her outside and/or with her nose in a book. She loves Jesus, which is shown through her bubbly personality and people-loving nature.