JTWO Bids Farewell to Derrick Kim

 

It’s crazy to think about how fast these last 12 weeks have passed by. It felt like it was just yesterday where I came in for my first day, asked to get my head slammed on a car. For those of you guys don't know, it was for a scene in this year’s Louix Award opener. To begin, I want to thank JTWO for making what would’ve been a dull spring semester, an incredible experience. A big thank you to Justin, Travis, Jelani, Maria, Brittany, Ian, Omar and more.

The best part of this internship was that it allowed me to do things I would’ve never done with my economics major back at Haverford. I got to pursue my passion in production and storytelling through various JTWO projects alongside great people. Not only did I get to direct a short film (Dibs: Solving the Problem of Waste in Colleges), but I also got to collaborate on shoots with the Louix Awards, Philadelphia Phillies, Comcast, and more. Just from being on set, I took in everything and used it as a learning experience. I would ask Maria about lenses and what situations she would use a 25mm, 30mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses. It was my first time on professional shoots, so it was an eye opening experience. Also, I got really good at slating.

Since I told Justin I wanted to focus more on the cinematography aspect, I got to learn how to shoot and utilize the Sony A7SII, Canon C100, and Sony FS7. I went around Philadelphia a bunch of times shooting time-lapses and practice shots with the respective cameras. On the other hand, I had the opportunity to edit videos as well. I got to edit the Instagram cut for We Raise as well as the Louix Awards highlights.

Through my time at JTWO, my eye and approach for visual storytelling has definitely improved. One of the biggest takeaways was the importance of organization. I learned how imperative it is to have a clean workflow for any project. Just ask Omar, who always made fun of me for what used to be my messy workflow. And thanks to Ian, I discovered the wonderful powers of the pen tool in Premiere.

I’m definitely going to miss the people here and the small talk we would have throughout the day. From working on projects to being part of Justin’s wrecking crew, it has been a memorable twelve weeks. I gained invaluable experience and can't wait to see where I go from here. Thanks JTWO. Until next time.

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This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

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Ask, Listen, Learn: Nathan Adrian + U.S. Attorneys General

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Ask, Listen Learn asked us to write and produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian along with Attorneys General from over 20 states. Each PSA is aimed at helping educate parents on how they can help their kids say “yes” to a healthy lifestyle and “no” to underage drinking. Nathan is the newest champion to join Ask, Listen Learn, a program that the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) developed alongside a team of educators and organizations specializing in middle school-aged students.

The Project

The PSA’s were filmed in Washington, DC over the course of one day with post-production taking place in March in order to launch the projects during April’s Alcohol Awareness Month. The PSA’s were written and directed by our Principal Creative Director, Justin Jarrett.

Behind the Scenes

21 PSA’s in 5 hours….need we say more?


This project was made possible through our Projects That Matter Initiative.  The Projects That Matter Initiative is a Philadelphia based video production program with the mission of  providing professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. To learn more about how your organization can join the initiative and qualify for creative content production discounts click below.


JTWO's [INC]ubator Project Brings you "Dibs: Solving the Problem of Waste in Colleges"

Solving the Problem of Waste in Colleges

by Derrick Kim

Upon knowing that I had to create a project for my internship, I immediately had an idea in mind. After watching a lot of the previous intern projects, I knew I wanted to do something under the Projects That Matter initiative. Right away, I thought about my friend Ken and a project he’s been working on to reduce waste in colleges. This project is called Dibs.

Over the next couple days at JTWO, I spent a lot of time working on my pitch. I read over Dibs’ project development documents as well as Haverford College’s blog posts that spotlighted my friend Ken. I slowly began writing up the vision I had for telling Dibs story. For inspiration, I watched a lot of videos from Great Big Story, Vice, and Vox. With everything put together, I pitched my idea to Justin and got it approved. Justin gave me some suggestions regarding a good way to pose the initial question of waste within colleges.

The next couple days were focused on the logistics. I rented out equipment, planned out shooting days, confirmed actors, and all that good stuff. Now here was the hardest part. Finding shooting times with my friend Ken and Ahmed, the co-founders of Dibs. As full time students, there was almost never a time where our schedules overlapped. When I was free, they weren’t. When they were, I wasn’t. It was the most difficult part of this whole project, since our availability was so limited. In the end, we made it work.  I also have to give a big shout out to Omar for helping me with audio throughout the interviews.

Editing was probably the most rewarding part of this project. Through a lot of trial and error, and mixing and matching, I created a flow I felt told the story well. Once it was finished, I showed Justin and received good feedback. He told me the story was good and gave me minor suggestions on how to make the video more professional. For example, since I used white for my fonts, it was hard to read when it overlapped onto Ken’s shirt in one of the interviews. Justin suggested I use a drop shadow, something I had never heard in my life. He also told me that a good rule of thumb for words on screen is around four seconds. I incorporated his feedback and finalized my intern project.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the final result, especially given the time limitations with school, midterms, the lack of my friend’s availability, and more. With this project, I’ve improved so much in regards to production, storytelling, and editing. I’ve looked back at this final cut, and said to myself, “Wow, I actually made this”. Not only was this a rewarding experience, but it was one that tested my limits and ability as a filmmaker/storyteller. In a sense, Ken was my first client. The best part was seeing Ken’s reaction when I showed it to him. He couldn’t stop watching it, and thanked me a million times for my help. Thanks JTWO, for giving me this opportunity to tell his story.


This project was created as part of the JTWO [INC]ubator Project. A semester long internship program built from the ground up to give young filmmakers, content creators, and all around hungry for a challenge individuals a place to stretch their creative minds while preparing them for the road ahead.

Learn More