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JAMES  R. WENETA

 

Los AngEles  Based  Filmmaker

 

 

                                        

 

 

 

 

 

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   statement

 

           

 

  I have long been inspired by the incredible stories and limitless imagination found within filmmaking. I am

 a recent graduate of UCLA's School of Film, Television and Digital Media and desire to work in film and

 television production. My goal is to collaborate with communities of like minded people and aspire to build

   something larger than myself through working alongside others. I strive to explore, through cinematic

      stories, the questions of how we as individuals find our way through life and what we are together

           apart of this world. 

  

                      I AM READY!

 

 

 

 

 

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WHY ME?

 

  • EDUCATION                                                                                                                                                                                                  UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA - SEPTEMBER 2011 to JUNE 2015
    • I have recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), in Film and Television Production and a Concentration in Narrative Production/Directing. As a a student, I spent the majority of my time volunteering on student film shoots (both undergraduate and graduate), as well as writing and directing my own student projects. I was recruited by UCLA's Football Team out of high school, and played through my Freshman and Sophmore years.

 

  • I TRULY RESPECT THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION  
    • I see the moviemaking process as being similar to a mosaic. Up close it is a collection of vastly different pictures, each one having its own personality and history. But then you pull back and see how all these seperate pictures come together to create a larger, singular, work of art. For me this is filmmaking, where a collection of  imaginative individuals express their creativity that will ultimately make up the movie. I aspire to build something larger than myself through working alongside others.  

 

  • READY TO CONTRIBUTE AND HELP IN ANY WAY
    • I have a varied skill set that makes me adaptable in even the most unorthodox of situations, and embrace any chance to learn something new. I have organizational skills that can keep even the most daunting of goals manageable, a wide variety of film and digital design experience, and a work ethic of making every new project better then my last. In short, if you can name it then I can do it (or learn how to quickly).

 

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Experience

 

  • EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & INTERN TO CATHERINE HARDWICKE                                                                                                                    July 2012 - Present

    • Assisted Ms. Hardwicke in realizing her various film projects. Such work entailed story and script development, schedule organization, film shoots, post-production & promotional media content. 
    • Maintained efficient workflows and communication skills to complete a variety of production tasks under strict and spontaneous deadlines. 
      • Feature Films: STARGIRL (Pre-Production), MISS YOU ALREADY, PLUSH, RED RIDING HOOD
      • Television & Music Videos: TILL IT HAPPENS TO YOU, EYE CANDY, RECKLESS, HELL ON WHEELS, FED HEAD - Short film made in conjunction with WE THE ECONOMY project.

 

  • UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM & DIGITAL MEDIA - ADMISSIONS SPECIALIST                                                                          November 2015 - May 2016                                                                                                                            
    • Organize and review candidates for the upcoming UCLA School of Theater, Film & Digital Media Class of Fall 2016. Responsibilities include proofreading spelling, grammar and reviewing the artistic merit of their written supplements. 
    • Keep in constant email/phone commutation with the candidates to answer their questions and assist them in submitting their supplemental materials correctly.
    • Lead tours of the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Digital Media campus to both prospective students and special guests. 

 

  • IGNITION CREATIVE - RUNNER/OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST                                                                                                         May 2016 - Present
    • Assisted the office with tasks of project research, editing project dailies, on-set physical film productionand keeping the workplace sanitary. 
    • Trusted with carrying and delivering valuable packages, ranging from hard-drives to finished film posters, across the city safely and on-time.

 

  • DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER                                                                                                                                                                         June 2013 - Present
    • Directing, Producing & Editing a series of short documentaries (All Currently in Post-Production)
      • "LISTEN" is an observational documentary that looks at the epidemic of shootings in contemporary American culture, specially the recent UCLA school shooting and the Orlando nightclub mass shooting. The film strives to look at both how communities process tragedy and how news/media coverage of such tragedies tend to dictate our cultural conversation of these events.  
      • "STIGMA" is a short documentary being made for the American Cancer Society. The film looks at a mosaic of lives who have been touched by cancer, and specially how these people refuse to let their experiences with this disease define them and their journey of asserting their own independence. 
      • "KINDA FUNNY" is a documentary collaboration project with the Youtube company Kinda Funny. The film is an empathetic look at how people forge communicates and friendships exclusively through the internet/social media, specially how the notions of standard human communication change when filtered through a computer screen. 
    • Wrote, Directed, Produced and Edited a promotional commercial spot for The UCLA Football team titled "SEASON" as a promotional piece for their upcoming 2016-2017 Football season. 
    • Wrote, Directed, Produced and Edited a promotional spot for Pabst Blue Ribbon titled "YESTERYEAR" for their Winter American Traditions Collection theme. Spot was shot on Super 8mm film stock and filmed on location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

    • Wrote, Directed, Produced and Edited UCLA Thesis Film, "GUEST," Officially Selected at Festivals and winner of the "Best Visual Design" award at the 2015 UCLA TFT Film Festival. Fundraised $11,639 for the entirety of production in one month.

    • Wrote Directed, Produced and Edited Narrative Short Films at the UCLA School of TFT. Also hired to direct several promotional spots for UCLA's Football and Woman's Basketball Athletic teams; the finished commercials premiered at the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion during offical UCLA games.

 

  • ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - FEATURE FILM "DIRTY LIES"                                                                                                                                    June 2013 - July 2015
    • Collaborated with Writer, Director and Producer Jamie Marshall in developing the project's story.

    • Worked alongside the film's producers, in a variety of responsibilities from Pre-Production through Post-Production, to bring the film to life under budget and on schedule. 

 

  • POST-PRODUCTION                                                                                                                                                                                               June 2013 - Present     
    • Performed on-set DIT duties and edited the offical promotional music video, "THERE'S A PLACE", directed by Catherine Hardwicke and performed by "The All-American Rejects," for the upcoming feature film "MISS YOU ALREADY".
    • Post-Production PA at "The Digital Difference" Post-Production House for the feature films "MISS YOU ALREADY" and "PLUSH".

 

  • PRODUCTION ON-SET EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                                                                    July 2012 - Present
    • Production Assistant: PARANOIA, EARTH TO ECHO, 3 DAYS TO KILL, LIFE OF A KING
    • Camera Assistant: TILL IT HAPPENS TO YOU, THERE'S A PLACE, WORLD'S GREATEST...!
    • DIT/Behind-The-Scenes: TILL IT HAPPENS TO YOU, THE ROAD WITHIN

 

 

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Films

 

 

 

 

 

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CONTACT

                    

JLONGSNAP@GMAIL.COM

714.900.0897

 

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I LOOK FORWARD to HEARING FROM YOU SOON!