Director | Joel jay blacker
Based in Los Angeles, British writer, director, and editor, Joel Jay Blacker has honed a sensibility for making others laugh when they shouldn’t. Award-winning short film “Let’s Do It”, about a couples attempt at an orgy, premiered online via Short of the Week and has accumulated over 80k online views. Music video “How It Goes” for artist Keenan the First earned a Vimeo Staff Pick and features on EARMILK, CrossFader Magazine and Booooooom TV. Some of his commercial clients include FatBurger, Trikke, St Joesph and MVMT Theory. As an editor, Joel has cut several videos for Fujifilm and EDM artist Marshmello. Joel is working on adapting “Let’s Do It” to feature length and “Who You Are” for TV.
Writer | Sam Roots
Sam Roots grew up in Solvang, Danish Capital of America, a town that is very real. He studied screenwriting at Chapman University, focusing mostly on relationship dramas before moving almost entirely into comedy when he realized he was being a bummer. He helped write the award-winning short film “Let’s Do It,” playing at a variety of comedy film festivals before premiering online with Short of the Week. He recently completed work on a draft of the feature length version of the film. In addition, he crafted commercials for Candwich, the Virtual Reality Company, and HyGen. His biggest influences are Deadwood, sleep paralysis, and Vine compilations on YouTube.
Producer | Tanner sawitz
Tanner Sawitz works as a producer and line producer in Los Angeles where he also owns and operates the production company Leviathan Filmworks. A graduate of Chapman University, Tanner worked for RRKidz - the home of Reading Rainbow - as an editor and post supervisor. He now works as a line producer and production manager for companies such as Jaguar and Vizio, while continuing to grow Leviathan producing commercial videos for clients such as LinkedIn. Line producers get a reputation for saying “no” a lot, but Tanner tries to find the balance between being harshly realistic and yet ambitious.