Hi, I’m Jaan Shenberger, a San Francisco based freelance designer/animator and live-action director/DP. I wanna give you concise, useful methods and insights to help you save time and money. In the form of blog posts. With maybe a few jokes sprinkled throughout. But you have my solemn word that none will be of the “knock knock” variety. Nor will they be about your mother. Because that would be disrespectful. And in return, please buy something from my Amazon/etc links so I can make a few pennies to buy several more pairs of novelty socks.
I tend to stretch budgets as far as I can, so I usually end up having to get my hands dirty in most stages of a project, which has given me a multidisciplined, streamlined approach to planning and executing projects. So having firsthand experience in all kinds of stuff like building creature puppets, booking crew, traditional animation, lighting a set, directing untrained actors, visual effects compositing, sweet-talking location property managers, making costumes, working with animals, shooting & making miniature models, color grading, enduring the corporate client revision gauntlet, etcetera, has given me a sense of efficiency in terms of what works on camera and particularly how that subsequently works in post.
Okay, here’s the part where I brag about myself (ugh)…
At age 20 I made a 12-minute film on 16mm (sans anything that even remotely resembled a trust fund), was DP for a 40-minute 16mm film when I was 21, wrote/directed/shot a no-budget narrative feature at 22, and directed my first live-action national spot at age 26. Then I decided I was kinda sick of being a workaholic cyborg. Since then I’ve mostly been taking advantage of my free time as a human being, in between projects for clients like Nike, Adidas, History Channel, IFC, Google, CBS Interactive, Snoop Dogg, National Geographic Channel, Pepsi, and Sony… some of which has appeared in Stash DVD Magazine (as illustrator), been featured on FWA’s Site of the Day (as animator), and won a Silver W³ Award (as director/DP & editor).
I recently decided to be more workaholicy again and have been working as writer, director, DP, editor, and visual effectsinator on two 22-minute TV pilot episodes of Video-Game’s Warriors of Dezstyny, which is “currently in post production” (ie. being worked on in between paid projects), while also ironing out the kinks on my feature length film Nuclear Prom 3000 which is also “currently in post production” (ie. waiting for me to save enough money to pay for all the audio work).
My last major project was as cinematographer and one of the editors for Dirty, Yellow, Darkness, a narrative feature shot on location in Sri Lanka which is currently on its international festival run — screening at “A” level festivals Shanghai and India/Goa, as well as Kerala, Delhi, and in competition at Colombo and Jaffna, and in the new directors competition at Beijing.
Contact: maketimemove ~at~ gmail.com
Do you see a pattern in these pics?
Thanks to Todd Fuller, Nicole Bennett, and Hemantha Arunasiri for the photos.