Jacob Whitley has worked as a producer and line producer in the film industry since 2010. His first project was the independent feature film Edge which Jacob produced and financed. Being a detective thriller, he leveraged the resources of his uncle, Captain Jim Enright of the La Palma Police Department, who acted as the film’s police operations specialist and allowed the crew to shoot Edge at the police station with realistic sets and vehicles lent by the police department.
After finding VOD distribution for Edge, Mr. Whitley worked on Ubisoft's promotional film project "Tom Clancy - The Division: Dark Winter" as the Line Producer. During this 17 hour shoot, he found the crew quickly falling behind. Taking the lead on the project, he rearranged the shooting schedule on the fly which allowed for production to be completed on time with all the proper shots in the can to make the project complete.
In 2014 he was called in as a replacement producer on the feature film, Hide and Go Seek starring Vernon Wells. The production dates and low budget had already been set, but with less than a month to pull the project together, Mr. Whitley was able to bring the project in under budget and on schedule.
In 2015 Mr. Whitley was hired onto the country music film Buckshot starring Tim deZarn. Due to the extremely low budget of $38,000, he had to pull together every resource he had as well as wear every hat in the production department just to complete the project on time and under budget.
During that summer, Mr. Whitley worked as a production coordinator with the commercial company, Film Orange, on several commercial projects for clients such as Land Rover and Goodwill. During this time, he worked very briefly with the pre-production team as an Office Assistant under the Coordinator for the motion picture La La Land, the winner of 5 Academy Awards in 2017.
Mr. Whitley earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from Cal State Fullerton in 2014. Continuing his education, he earned a Project Management Certification in 2016 from Cal State Fullerton and an MBA Overview Certification from Professor Chris Haroun through Udemy.com in 2017.
In 2014 Jacob formed Whitley Films Productions as a business entity for motion picture development, production, and financing. In 2017, Jacob reformed his company to also include worldwide distribution using the resources of his extensive network. His new unique business model allows for taking the classic creative approach and a network of industry veterans, to create a corporate business approach by using his project management certification to look at film projects from a financial perspective. The goal of Whitley Films Productions is to always be looking a few years ahead and line up projects based on audience projections, to create what audiences want to see.
Name: Jacob Whitley
Company: Whitley Films Productions
Occupation: Line Producer, Producer, Production Coordinator and Production Manager
Unique traits: Persistent, Loyal, Creative
My Super-Overactive Imagination Season 4
Internet by Sidewalk Pictures (Comedy) Producer My Super-Overactive Imagination is a comedy web series created by Cat Rhinehart, and written and produced by Cat Rhinehart and Maria Shehata.
Hide and Go Seek
Film by Wild Strawberry Entertainment (Horror) Producer A young man and his friends must survive a horrific night of hide and go seek when his grandfather begins to relive moments of his war days in Vietnam.
Film by Enzo Films (Comedy, Drama, Western and Musical) Producer Buckshot is a dark comedy that follows Charlie Stillman, a struggling country singer from New Jersey, who journeys to Nashville to follow in his father's footsteps of becoming a country star. But when his father's checkered past derails his chances, his only job offer is to drive Buckshot Thomas, an aging, hard-living, honky tonk legend, cross-country to his final concert. Along the way, the two men forge a rare friendship, which could change both their lives forever.
Captain Thomas Wall - Hero
Documentary by Whitley Films Productions Producer A short documentary about a fallen firefighter and the impact he had on those around him.
The Division: Dark Winter
Film (short) by Ice Fortress Productions (Action and Drama) Line Producer A short of Tom Clancy's The Division: Dark Winter Based on Tom Clancy's The Division by Ubisoft Massive. The name was changed to Dark Winter as the project is now branching out on a new original story for a feature based off of the Dark Winter Initiative. Inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which revealed how vulnerable we've become do to society's fragile and complex house of cards, a virus is released that begins spreading through banknotes on Black Friday, causing millions of people to become infected. Within five days, the virus causes the United States to breakdown and fall apart. Now a team of of special operations soldiers, a group of researches, and innocent civilians work to survive this dark winter against a new barbaric society filled with marauders and a deadly virus that seems to be incurable.
Film (short) by Whitley Films Productions (Action and Crime) Producer Mob hit-man Ethan Ford sets out for revenge against the mob that betrayed him in this Memento style experimental film.
Film (short) by Red Light Cinema (Horror) Producer Snow is an experimental film by horror enthusiasts, Jacob Whitley and Tyler Dean, meant to pry at the unsettling and the uncanny. As a silent film, it relies on images and sound effects to create a feeling of unsettling terror in the viewer.
Film (short) by Whitley Films Productions (Crime and Drama) Producer A fed up undercover cop drags his twin brother, a heroic police officer, to the middle of nowhere in order to execute him with no trace of a body and to take his place in his perfect life.
Film (short) by Red Light Cinema (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Producer Set in the perhaps-not-so-distant future, Earth is dying. Eden, a new planet capable of sustaining life, has been discovered due to an advancement in technology during a time when conglomerate markets and giant corporations have a hand in what the weather will be like that day, to the sex of your next child. The wealthy and upper middle-class of the world have taken their leave, those left behind succumbing to the perils of an abandoned society. In a bid to extend a hand of mercy--or is it?--those responsible for the dwindling masses on Earth establish a multitude of tasks and televised 'games'. Those who attempt these games wager the ultimate bet... their life. The most popular of these is 'The Run', a do-or-die race to the finish in which contestants must suffer the obstacles of unbearable heat, inedible foliage, tainted water, and a group of specially trained mercenaries.
Film by Whitley Films Productions (Crime and Thriller) Producer EDGE. On the surface, it's the story of a madman terrorizing a helpless city, taking lives without a second thought. Blood is this man's water. Enter Jack Rivers, detective for the city's police department and ace headhunter who always gets his man. Stymied by the difficulty of catching this serial murderer, Jack begins to stumble in a blind fury and the line between 'justice' and 'murder' becomes blurred. This is the story of a man whose life is about to change forever. He's about to go over the EDGE.
Brothers From Creatures Unknown
TV Movie by Mohawk Lighting Productions (Action, Crime and Sci-Fi) Producer The Brothers of creatures unknown set out to destroy a cartel of monsters that killed their family.
Audience choice award for Moon Buggy Film Festival
Project Managment Certification
California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)