"If you are a fan of Edgar Wright, but ever wanted to know how an imaginary, slightly immature younger brother of his would direct a film, then this would be a good example" - UK Film Review
Jake started directing whilst studying Film Production Technology BSc at the ScreenSkills ticked Staffordshire University, for which he was awarded First Degree Honours. His final year film, an Alice in Wonderland fantasy, opened the horror section of NFFTY in Seattle, the world’s largest youth film festival.
Following that he was selected to direct on the inaugural National Youth Film Academy and 4Talent schemes, brought back to direct for the NYFA again, chosen to do a video case study for consultancy firm The Chemistry Group, and then flown to Zagreb to direct a Croatian-language film, with foreign cast and crew, under the guidance of two-time Oscar-winning Producer Branko Lustig.
Using those experiences as a springboard, he wrote and directed a short about the put-upon caretaker of a superhero HQ, which Legendary Pictures asked to feature on the launch of their new short-film subscription service. Here it was spoken about by the show’s presenters, the stars of Fred Dekker’s ‘Monsters Squad’.
He then moved into music videos and adverts, getting into the prestigious NFTS to study the latter. Whilst there, his 1-minute sung-through rap musical for LGBT charity ‘Werk for Peace’ was one of three shortlisted by ADCAN. He graduated with the top mark available, and then was handpicked to direct the school’s new 'Be part of the story' campaign, one of which played in 83% of UK cinemas (including the biggest at the BFI IMAX) for 8 weeks earlier this year, before blockbusters such as ‘Aquaman’, ‘Glass’, ‘Creed 2’, ‘Happy Death Day 2 U’, 'Alita' etc. This delivered a value of £237,196, from a budget of £2k (all 3 ads within the campaign, combined).