This week’s featured Zoopper, Chad Jenkins, comes to us from the Pacific Northwest. Chad recently won 1st place in our 2015 Better Business Bureau project, don’t miss your opportunity to do the same with our current BBB project now live on Zooppa!
To see Chad’s winning submission and all of of his Zooppa submissions check out his Zooppa site.We had the opportunity to interview Chad recently, read our full conversation with him below!
Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
I’ve always had some form of art in my life. I started drawing and painting at a very young age. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so my primary subject was the amazing landscape and wildlife I’d see everyday. I didn’t get into photography until my teens. I had a very tight knit group of friends and we all skate and snowboarded. Around sixteen or seventeen some of my friends were getting good enough to get sponsored so we started making sponsor me videos. I shot all of the still photos and almost all of the video. I joined the United States Marines when I was eighteen and “took a break” from photography for a few years. It wasn’t until my second enlistment that I decided to pick it back up. My hobby soon turned into an obsession and I found myself spending all of my money on new equipment. My chain of command embraced my talent as a photographer and I was allowed to take my photo gear on deployments. I had stumbled across the work of Troy Paiva and his book “Lost America” so I was really into night and long exposure photography. Destroyed machines of war littered the landscape of Al Anbar Province, Iraq and because of Mr. Paiva’s influence, I found them to be the perfect subjects. I must have thousands of moonlight photos from Iraq. After eight years, I decided to part ways with the Corps and pursue photography as a career.
What brought you to the Zooppa community?
A Zooppa staff member found some work I did on Behance and recommended that I check you guys out.
What do you like most about crowdsourced film contests?
I really enjoy the variety of work produced.
Name 3 films/directors that have influenced your work.
Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.
Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?
I went to school at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I studied photography and advertising and received a BFA. The Academy was a great place to get an education. There is so much talent at the school from both the students and the instructors. I found myself constantly being influenced and challenged to create work that I never thought I could. While attending AAU, I was working at 4th Street Studios with commercial photographer Mel Linstrom. Mel had rented the studio’s upstairs office space to a production company called Rockbridge Productions. I soon became friends with the founder and producer of RBP, Michael Kaney. We discussed the possibility of producing a full length feature. I had an idea for story and he had the resources. He pitched the idea to director Matthew Jacobs and the next thing I knew, we were making a movie starring Chris Candy, Dustin Ingram, Michele Boyd, Matthew Jacobs and my dog, Angel called “Bar America”. Although film making was not my major, AAU fully supported me while the film was being made. It was at this point I decided to expand my horizons and pursue multiple forms of art/production.
What is your favorite genre of film to create?
This a hard question to answer because I’m not sure. I’m just happy to be creating.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
My life is pretty random so it could anywhere but usually behind my computer catching up on work.
Choose words to describe your art.
Inspired by imagination.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working with an advertising agency on a campaign for Nike in Portland, Oregon and I’ll be directing a commercial in San Francisco next month.
What are some key points that draw you in to participate in the campaigns you choose?
I liked the idea of having basic guidelines and being able to apply my vision to them.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?
The sky is the limit. Keep creating amazing work!
Ten years from now where will we see you and your films?
Where ever the world wants me and my work.