Austin Smock

My Film-Making Journey


I started my film-making journey in about 5th grade when I got my first mini-dv camera, at this time I was just following my brothers and their friends around filming skateboarding. As time passed I became more passionate about filmmaking and started to upgrade cameras as time went on. At this point in my life I thought I just wanted to film skateboarding and snowboarding for the rest of my life.

When it came to high school graduation I didn’t know if I wanted to go to college or not so I registered at my local community college. When it came close to starting classes that fall I decided to take a year off and just work. This sounded like a good idea in order to save money and figure out what I wanted to do, but it ended up just being a year of working and not focusing on what it was I wanted to do.

Fast-forward through the year I decided to apply to Philadelphia University, I got accepted and decided to major in communications, since it seemed like it would be in close relation to film. No surprise, I realized I didn’t like the major or the small school and wanted to transfer to Temple for film. I got accepted to Temple and here is really when I started to become a film-maker. I have been around cameras for some time, but during that time I never really cared about how perfect my shots were or if they were meaningful, I was just having fun filming my friends. This changed at Temple, where I became more conscious of my shots and was able to intern at different production companies increasing my skills and abilities. Throughout my time at Temple I became increasingly interested in documentary film and focusing my stories on social issues and people making a change in their community.

Fast forward to today, I am now interning at Jtwo. My first day with Jtwo, I was on set and was able to see some really cool things, such as lighting for day exteriors and only using the sun as the light source, while using diffusion and flags to shape light. It was a great first day and really got me excited for the rest of the internship. I am still unsure whether I want to focus on being a cinematographer or try and focus more on being a director. I am hoping that throughout this internship the answer to this question will become clear. Finally, I am looking forward to working with the team at Jtwo and seeing what I can bring to the team.