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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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.

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JTWO Welcomes Omar Alqahtani

The Good Kind of Stress

by Omar Alqahtani

I was filming my first narrative short outside of a 7/11. One of the characters was smoking a cigarette. We were stopped by a couple of strangers asking saying that they did not have cash for cigarettes but they had a personal bottle of Grey Goose that they didn’t want. I was 19 at the time so I was pretty excited.

While working on a different movie, I called a casket supplier to ask for permission to film at his store. There was a scene where a grandma has to pick out a casket and I wanted it to be as visually compelling as possible; caskets hanging up on the wall felt like they would get the job done. The owner of the store was actually really cool about the whole thing. He gave me a tour around his little factory. He showed me his patented casket technology for people who only want to rent caskets, he explained to me how different types of caskets work, he even showed me how bodies get cremated. He has this giant machine that just sets bodies on fire for several hours. He showed me a can of ashes with leftover body modifications, such as braces, metal teeth, metal bones. It was all wonderfully morbid, but by far the weirdest part of that whole interaction is that he did not seem to mind my pretentious man bun.

For one short summer I worked with online media content company, so they send me on all kinds of weird prop runs. One time was especially different. They sent me out to carry a $10,000 chair through the busy streets of Manhattan. They half-assed the wrapping of the chair and made it my responsibility to return it without any scratches. I’m a pretty clumsy guy, and I did not want them to know that, which led to the most stressful 10-minute walk of my life. It was only 4 blocks, but it felt like 27.

All of those experiences lead to recorded moments on video. I would plug all those experiences onto a computer, and I would have to reappropriate all those memories to create a compelling narrative. To me, this is the beauty of filmmaking. The fact that the making of a narrative is a story within itself. Yes, for the audience, the narrative o the screen is completely divorced from the experiences that formed it, and for the sake of the art, it should be that way. However, the making of a movie leaves me with a lot of stories that I get to carry with me, and be able to tell my friends, family, maybe even grandchildren. I can’t think of many other professions that leaves you with so many stories to tell. That’s why I chose this profession. That’s why I took the internship at JTwo.


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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JTWO Welcomes Brynn Antaran

Old Paths, New Footsteps

by Brynn Antaran

I’ve shelved most of my high school experiences, but there are a couple lucid moments that come back to me regularly.

The first day of playwriting class, sitting in the second row as our disheveled teacher paced back and forth in front of the white board, nodding and stuttering wildly: “ Real writers, y’know, the ones who are born to write, they never stop writing. Never. They’re seeing all these things around them and writing in their head, y’know, constantly .”

And then one of my summers at a musical theatre intensive, stretching on a stage amongst twenty other teens in jazz shoes, baking alive in an old church without air conditioning in the middle of June as the artistic director told us to think very seriously before pursuing a career in theatre or art because it would be an extremely difficult way to live. “I hate to break it to you kids,” she said in her lilted British meter, “but that’s the way it is.” We should only take this path only if we absolutely had to, only if we could truly do ​nothing​ else in this world but create.

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I was still a young, doubtful creative–I didn’t understand how anything could feel so sure and natural. In college, though, I fell into filmmaking and everything clicked. Directing and writing makes everything else pale in comparison, I can never get enough of it. I have this quiet certainty in it; it is the only thing I want to do.

I’m very excited to see how interning here at JTwo will help me along my career path. Besides directing/writing, I also produce and assistant direct–I look forward to flexing those muscles in commercial settings with coworkers who I can also call friends.

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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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JTWO Welcomes Derrick Kim

An Unlikely Path to Film

by Derrick Kim

If someone told me three years ago that one day I would be interning for a film production company,  I would’ve laughed at them. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, I always had a passion for sports as a kid. I played one year of AYSO soccer and then absolutely fell in love with baseball through Little League. In fact, in first grade, my dream was to become a professional baseball player for the Dodgers. My love for baseball continued to grow until it hit me. Literally. I got hit in the face with a baseball and fractured my nose. It really sucked and I stopped playing.

However, in middle school I discovered that I was really good at volleyball where in 8th grade, I lead my team to its first ever league championship. I was hungry for volleyball and moved up to the varsity team by the end of my freshman year. That summer I worked incredibly hard, training and practicing to become a better outside hitter. I even went to open gyms before the season to get extra reps in. Hard work pays off right? Yes it does! But…I got hurt again. This time, I fractured my left ankle. I was never back to my normal self but, I embraced my passion throughout the next 3 years of varsity volleyball.

I did well academically, but felt like I never gave myself the chance to explore my creativity through classes. But, I did indirectly. During high school, my friends and I loved to go out and explore LA, Whether it was finding the best taco truck or nighttime view, we lived for adventure. We started going to spots like Griffith Observatory and Joan’s on Third to take pictures and try new foods. It was really the first time I was documenting my adventures through a visual medium and enjoyed it. So for my senior trip to South Korea and Taiwan, I bought a Canon Rebel T6i DSLR. This was my first camera and surely, I discovered a new passion for content creation and storytelling.

I packed this passion in my backpack and brought it all the way to the east coast to attend Haverford College in Philadelphia. To many’s surprise, I am majoring in economics and minoring in visual studies. Now that my playing days are over, I help out as a student assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to make creative content for places such as Hatch Yakitori, The Pie Hole, Alfred Tea Room, and more. It was my first time getting real world experience and I loved every bit of it. The best part was all the complementary food I received. It really reminded me of my high school adventures.

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Fast forward a couple months, and here I am with this incredible opportunity to intern for JTWO Films. Although I’ve definitely gotten better over the years, I have so much more to learn and am at no better place. Hopefully, I won’t get hit by any camera equipment and fracture anything because this time, I think I discovered my real passion.


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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JTWO BANNER YEAR 2018

A Banner Year in 2018

A Year in Review


To describe 2018 as a big year for us would be an understatement. Coming up on our ten year anniversary, we capped off a whirlwind 2018 campaign by launching a bevy of new projects, expanding to Chicago with a new studio, forming additional partnerships and growing our team with new staff members.

In the past year alone, we have produced national commercials, short documentaries, brand films and directed projects in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Houston, Orlando, LA and Washington, D.C., with clients ranging from the Cleveland CavaliersJack DanielsBacardiJohnson & JohnsonMajor League SoccerIndependence Blue Cross and DC Comics– along with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia UnionVictus SportsUPennComcast NBCUniversal and Visit Philadelphia.

This is Lou

Early this year, our team was tasked with the concept and creation of the show open for the 2018 LOUIX Awards, an advertising award show that celebrates the outstanding work of Philadelphia’s most creative visual artists, producers, directors, and abstract thinkers. We had seen other show opens before, and being the overachievers that we are, wanted to make sure we created something mind-bendingly different, with a hint of crazy and hailing from somewhere left of left-field.

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Janssen Immunology

We continued to work side by side with Janssen Immunology and their agency Evoke by creating another entry for the Janssen Storyteller Series. For this project, we told the story of Shawn and Marisa, two different people with two different stories who are united in their mission to transform the lives of people living with Lupus, together.

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Victus Grit Series

We worked with Victus in redefining their brand and launching their first-ever product category, The Victus Grit Series.  Our team took home a plethora of awards for this, including four LOUIX Awards for Branding, Product Design, Fashion Design, and  Brochure Design, two Addy awards, a Gold Addy for Sales Presentation catalog and a Silver for Publication Design & Magazine Design, and the 2018 MarCom Gold Award in Print Media & Publication.

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The Philadelphia Flyers

We worked together with the Philadelphia Flyers marketing team to produce an emotional, hard-hitting spot that told the story of the Flyers tumultuous season through specific moments throughout the year, which ultimately culminated in a trip to the postseason. The video screened on TV and across all Flyers social media outlets garnering over 200k views in less than 48 hours. 

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Projects That Matter Initiative


Our Projects That Matter Initiative, which focuses on collaborating with social impact organizations, also continued to expand with new projects and national campaigns for Responsibility.orgFred’s FootstepsLaureus USABringing Hope HomeHoliday Heroes, and the Lost Boyz Inc.

Lost Boyz

We partnered with Laureus USA to produce a mini-documentary about Chicago’s Lost Boyz Inc., a non-profit organization committed to decreasing violence and improving the social and emotional conditions of the youth in Chicago’s South Shore community through baseball and softball. Our short film debuted at Laureus USA’s Sport for Good Fashion Show fundraiser during New York Fashion Week, where star athletes helped raise $350,000 for disadvantaged youth across the U.S.

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JTWO | Chicago


Our Chicago studio, dubbed JTWO | Chicago, has also hit the ground running with both commercial and documentary work as well as agency collaborations set to launch early next year.

Conor Hare, Executive Producer


Launching JTWO Chicago has been an incredible journey. After 10 years in Philadelphia, it feels surreal to finally be expanding our services to the Midwest and seeing the partnerships we’ve formed in these short 6 months already taking off. From collaborating with both national and Chicago based non-profits to partnering up with local agencies, I couldn’t have asked for a better end to the year. In 2019 we look to only grow larger, stronger, and better.


JTWO Launches The Ultimate JTWO Christmas Experience

The Ultimate JTWO Christmas Experience


2018 was a HUGE year for our family here at JTWO so we wanted to show our appreciation to all of our clients and collaborative partners for making it all possible. That’s why this year for the holidays we decided to create the ULTIMATE JTWO CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE!!!

This was our way of giving back and making sure our clients and collaborative partners have the best holiday they’ve ever had. Also, we are hoping this makes up for last year’s little holiday mishap…..we know ADWeek thought it did 😉

Thank you to all of our 2018 Creative Collaborators


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Giving Back Through Projects That Matter

Happy Giving Tuesday

When the concept of the Projects That Matter Initiative (PTM) sprouted in 2009, we knew it could create positive change. Unbeknownst to us, the coming years would bring unprecedented inspiration fueled by the energy and passion from the incredible people we meet. Their infectious kindness, optimism, and warmth is powerful. This kind of altruism is integral for the betterment of our world. We deeply admire the individuals, families, nonprofits, and organizations we have been fortunate enough to work with. As we continue this journey, we strive to give all that we can.

The PTM Initiative provides professional digital media services to Non-Profits at a discounted rate. We feel giving back is essential in cultivating stable and productive communities. PTM is our driving force to live out that mission.  Through visual storytelling, we capture the stories of our clients so others can vicariously step into the shoes of another. As Mr. Rogers once said, “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” The people we have worked with make compelling impacts within their communities. Telling their story through PTM is our way to give back.

Recently, PTM has had the opportunity to collaborate with both new and old clients, who’s companies have each had a tremendous impact on their communities. Here are their stories. 

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Laureus + Lost Boyz

After serving a short term in prison, Lavonte Stewart decided to use baseball and softball as an approach to support the youth of Chicago’s South Shore community. The implemented programs within Lost Boyz has encouraged youth to engage in the community instead of turning to detrimental patterns. Serving 144 youth in 2018, Lost Boyz gives back by improving the lives of not only the youth, but their families and communities. We wanted to tell their story because of the dedication and kindness that Stewart and the Lost Boyz community exudes. The impressive effort put forth to help the youth community epitomizes the PTM mission.

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FAAR

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) aims to eliminate impaired driving by starting a conversation. Through avenues like celebrity campaigns, countrywide statistics, and online resolutions, FAAR informs and encourages individuals to exemplify responsibility. Responsibility.org offers ample information, including comprehensive solutions and resources, to facilitate a healthy and safe community. Through PTM, we show how much FAAR cares about fulfilling their mission. They are committed in what they believe and are unwavering in helping others make better choices. With passion, they give back by fighting back against impaired driving and consequently saving lives.

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Mission First Housing Group

Mission First Housing Groups’ mission is to develop and manage affordable, safe, and sustainable homes for people in need with a focus on the vulnerable. They ensure our residents have access to resources to help them live independently. Every year we collaborate with Mission First Housing Group to document and share the story of one of the amazing individuals they offer aid to throughout the year. PTM collaborated with this organization so others could discover the benevolence of Mission First. Not only is this organization combating homelessness, they are unifying people. The work that this organization does effectively improves the lives of so many and we are grateful to be a part of their mission.

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Fred’s Footsteps 

Fred’s Footsteps is a Philadelphia based non-profit organization that provides direct financial assistance to otherwise financially stable families facing a child’s hospitalization. They provide a funding bridge to working families for a period of one year to help them adjust to their child’s changing needs.We have worked with Fred’s Footsteps through PTM for three years now, but their dedication and commitment to relieving the worries of others never ceases to amaze us.

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We are awe-inspired by the people within these organizations that are dedicated to positive change. The impact caused by these individuals is invaluable to the health and growth of the people and places we care about. At the Projects That Matter Initiative, we are whole-hearted in bringing inspiring stories to others. This to us, is giving back. 

If you would like to learn more about our Projects That Matter Initiative and how we can help your organization tell their story, please contact us today or click on the “Learn More” button below.


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.


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JTWO's Incubator Project Brings you "In Coexistence"

In Coexistence

by Elle Chernaskey

Well, it’s finally uploaded. After many weeks of trial and error, my intern project has come to an end. Although there have been some very stressful moments, I am so grateful for all that I learned.

Some key lessons that I’m taking away from this project: really focus in pre-production to avoid being totally flustered on the day of the shoot, be cognizant of background noise that could may just ruin most of your audio (wind ugh), don’t forget to turn the mic back on (worse than the windy audio), if you suck at post-production like me — become friends with Youtube videos – they are so helpful, kill your darlings (big thanks to Ian) sometimes you just have to get rid of some stuff your clinging to, and most importantly make sure there is a story. I still feel like I did not capture a sufficient story but it was my first film from start to finish and I’m happy with where I started.

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I feel good about most of my shots and I think I know where the subpar ones need improvement.  Shooting was the most exciting part of this project. I woke up at 6 am the day of, got my coffee, and studied my storyboard. I felt like a lot of what I visualized came to life which is a great feeling.

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Learning more about Premiere was a great experience. I feel like I now have a solid baseline knowledge of the application and can continue to learn with skills that I didn’t have before. Thanks to Maria Cantu for always answering my questions even when you were busy — you’re the coolest.

Audio was the most difficult part of the project. In some of the early morning recordings there’s a lawn mower that I didn’t even notice because I was so focused on the shots. Luckily, I was able to include other audio that surprisingly worked. I had to come back another day to record audio. I recorded in a rush (the subject needed to get to a surprise party — another lesson for me — plan ahead better) and it came out pretty poorly. I also had to use someone else’s computer since my hard drive had recently crashed. In the end, I made some adjustments to the audio that made it workable. I definitely could have spent more time fleshing out the script but time was dwindling. I got lucky with some things that I was underprepared for.

This internship so far has been wonderful. Now, I am ready to improve on my shortcomings, learn as much as I can about gear and applications, and hopefully get on set more. I am so excited for my next film and to incorporate the knowledge I have gained. Thanks to everyone at JTWO for the support!


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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JTWO Welcomes Intern Elle Chernaskey

Myself from Five

by Elle Chernaskey

I have always been a vessel of energy ready to expend it in any possible way. For as long as I can remember, I was go, go, go, in all facets of my being. Physically, I would happily exhaust myself. Running laps around the house, challenging boys in basketball, and riding my bike until sun-down forced me to return home. Socially, I wanted to interact with everyone. I would practically trip over my feet running down my windy stairs to pick up the phone JUST for a few seconds of dialogue (no one was ever calling for me lol). Mentally, I pushed myself to my limits. In college, I often said yes to one too many commitments and found myself rushing from club meeting to a nanny job to an internship to the climbing wall. Whenever I felt my energy fading, I thought back to myself at age five.

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Although five is young, I was determined, didn’t give a crap what anyone thought, and loved a challenge. Like any five year old, I took in the world around me with attentiveness and curiosity. Every new moment was different and exciting. At this age I vehemently believed with every blink, a photograph was logged in my “picture book,” that would be compiled after a lifetime of blinking. In my highschool years, I would try to channel this perspective, hoping to see the world with similarly fresh eyes.

In college I upgraded my DSLR and vowed to travel as much as possible. I wanted to answer to my creative urges which was definitely not going to happen in my backyard. I spent hours researching ways to travel on a budget. I think my face still infiltrates the financial aid dude’s nightmares. But my perseverance to see the world worked. I was lucky enough to study in Costa Rica and Italy. I moved to Alaska for a summer. I climbed pyramids in Mexico. Saw the juxtaposition of cleanliness crossing the border from the U.S. to Canada. I backpacked Europe a few times solo and then once with friends. I owe this ambition and zest for new adventure to my five year-old self. That is who reminded me to be free-spirited, to not be afraid, and just go for it.

During my times of travel I found digital photography incredibly rewarding. Not only was I able to see beautiful places, I could also capture exactly what I wanted to remember and cherish. This excitement  led me to photographing solo backpacking trips to glaciers, cloud rainforests with eclectic species, and my friends drinking too much wine at biodynamic farms. Super sick experiences that I’m so grateful for. After graduating college a few months ago, I knew my traveling would come to a hiatus. I had some big decisions to make like where to work and where to live and nothing was really happening. A few months of crippling anxiety ensued and I was scared I’d end up climbing the corporate ladder. Five year old Elle would have none of that.

Through a painstaking job search and very stressful summer, I finally decided to apply to some creative internships. I felt really nervous about applying and knew I would be up against incredibly talented film students with much more talent and knowledge. But the mindset of Elle at five surfaced and I had to tell myself to not doubt so much and apply. A few days later I heard back from Jelani and was so stoked. After researching JTwo’s incredible work, I was surprised and excited to be considered and eventually get the position. Although I have the typical week-one nerves, I feel so lucky to be in this seat and I cannot wait to learn from this dynamic staff. Thus far I have felt extremely welcomed. I am ready to bust my ass and do everything I can to contribute and collaborate. Although I know I’m never getting my picture book, I hope to look back at times like these and smile.

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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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