As many creatives, I have a diverse background in the arts and love all things creative and collaborative. My life has been riddled with theater, dance, graphic design, music, film and photography in addition to my love for all things cute and cuddly (Aka kids and pets) My parents joke that I never truly knew what I wanted to be "when I grew up" because it was changing all the time - one day I wanted to be a Vetrinarian, the next I wanted to be an American Idol.
Being the realist that I am, and wanting to be successful in the arts, I chose to study film in college and learned to produce. Around the same time I picked up my first DSLR to help me document my projects. I had always loved to shoot photos, and had owned several point & shoot cameras and even some film cameras that I remember using as far back as 5th grade, but as a visual learner, the ability to get instant feedback on my work and make adjustments to the camera based on what I saw was a game changer for me. I love to shoot, but mostly I love to document.
After graduating from ASU in 2009, with a degree in Film & Media Production, I set off to continue my company (FotoJennik Productions) and started producing corporate videos, industrials, and customer testimonials. In addition I worked as a Production Assistant on several reality shows such as UFO Hunters, Supernanny, and American Idol as well as dabbling in Costume Design, which continued when I moved to Los Angeles.
My excitement to continue growing my company in Arizona faded when I learned that the Arizona Tax credit had fallen through once again, and right around the same time several people were pushing me to make a move to Los Angeles. (I was the girl in film school that would rag on LA any chance that I got.) I couldn't understand why people would want to live in a poor, smoggy, unpredictable, and traffic ridden city. It wasn't until I actually made the move, that I realized it wasn't as horrible as I had made it seem, and in actuality was a place that I fit right in...with all the other crazy creative people just trying to make something out of nothing more than an idea.
Upon moving to LA I started an internship at Level 1 Entertainment, and shortly after was hired to work for writer/director Jessica Bendinger as her personal/writers's assistant. Unfortunately the job did not go in the direction I had hoped as I was promised a front row seat to the development and production of her next feature film. When the film's financing fell through, my job became nothing more than a home management position, so I moved on to work for producer Andrew Tenenbaum and his family as their personal assistant.
Around the same time, I was offered a part time job working on a Nickelodeon show called See Dad Run, in a very unique capacity. My friend from college had indirectly become the assistant to Scott Baio. He called me up and said that Scott had been brainstorming ideas for a wrap gift he wanted to do for the new show he was starring in. He was looking for a photographer to come and shoot behind the scenes photos and make a surprise photo book to give out as a gift to everyone at the wrap party.
I met with Scott (who by the way was my celebrity crush as a kid) - Luckily I was able to keep my heart rate in check enough to seal the deal and book the gig - and ended up working one on one with Scott over the course of the first season to create my very first "Fōtō Book" from concept to print.
The cast and crew loved it so much that our line producer brought me back on to create books for the following two seasons of See Dad Run, and after the show was canceled, she hired me on to do books for their new show - Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn.
I am currently working on my fifth book - Season 2 of NRDD- which will be out in November and working on several projects in varying states of development - including my WEBSITE! (www.fotojennik.com) Which is always in a constant state of flux(as is my life), but finally a place I am happy to send people to :)
I am always looking to expand my network and collaborate with fun, new and interesting people - which is now possible to do without even being in the room with each other!
Film by Cole Mueller (Crime) Costume designer During a hot summer in 1990, a young man, Ray, moves into his aunt's Venice Beach home to find his direction in life. While there, he is befriended by some local criminals, a group of five brothers that soon become his surrogate family.
To Be or Not to Be
Film (short) by Joe McClean (Drama, History and Thriller) Producer Set in the American desert at the turn of the century, Hamlet wanders into the wilderness with the intention of killing himself.
Film by Jason Marsden (Thriller) Costume and Wardrobe Department Skip, the nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park, delves into the mysteries surrounding an old locker. His sage supervisor recounts chilling tales that underscore the importance of making the right choice. The recollection includes an aging boxer who is given an opportunity to become a real killing machine, a young man seeking membership in a secret society who experiences an initiation with deadly consequences, a would be suicide shaken to his core by a menacing member of a very special club, and a hit man for hire playing a devious cat and mouse game with three women who have a score to settle. The stories suddenly come into play when Skip makes an unsettling discovery and faces a life-or-death decision of his own. Written by Brothers' Ink Productions
Film (short) by Joe McClean (Drama) Production manager A father and son who've never met, meet up for coffee.
Film by Joe McClean (Sci-Fi) Miscellaneous Crew Dillon stumbles on a little known news story about a company called Life Tracker Limited, which claims it has discovered a way to predict biological events in a human's life by looking at their DNA. Everyone views the story as a modern day form of palm reading that will go nowhere, but Dillon keeps turning on his camera when he finds articles on the Internet or hears about it on the news. The story keeps getting bigger. People all over the world are paying tons of money to see if their DNA shows any trace of disease, or future children, or when they'll die. With little to no resources, Dillon is left to guerilla style street interviews and filming the reactions of his small group of friends. When Dillon, his best friend Scott, and Scott's girlfriend Bell all get their futures predicted their lives start to change... along with the world itself. Nothing is physically changed in any single person's day-to-day life, but the ideas that have been put in people's heads convince them to flip... Written by Joe McClean
Film (short) by David Dibble (Comedy and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Kip's love life it put into the hands of an irresistible dog named Adonis, an employee of a dating service. Although he's a chick magnet attracting beautiful women at every turn, Adonis must reach deep into his bag of tricks to find the right match. Written by Anonymous
La gallina degollada
Film (short) by Jen Winterbotham (Drama) Production manager In this harrowing re-imagining of Quiroga's classic short story, a literature professor must decide whether to salvage his marriage or amend his negligence towards their three mentally handicapped sons.
A Cure for Love & Death
Film (short) by Andrew Hendrix (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Amidst a local cancer epidemic, an eighteen-year-old boy drifts between a state of hopeless nostalgia and the reality of caring for his terminally ill mother.
Film by Cole Mueller (Crime and Thriller) Costume designer Four young con artists start a top-secret money laundering scheme - and are slowly torn apart by their own greed and corruption.
Film by Brenton Covington (Drama) Costume designer
The Benevolent Byzantine Order of the Nobles of the Enigmatic Oracle
Film (short) by Bruce Dellis (Comedy and Thriller) Costume and Wardrobe Department Phoenix, 1925. It's Eugene's big night. He's to be initiated into the local Lodge, where fez-wearing businessmen commune within a strict set of rules and regulations. But when a shadowy lodge official makes a surprise appearance, the ceremony takes a strange and malevolent twist. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Jerry Chalupnik (Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and 2 More) Producer A gunman must take possession of a journal that will lead to the salvation of mankind.
Film (short) by Nicholas Ramirez (Drama) Producer
Film (short) by Matthew Ladensack (Sci-Fi) Producer In the year 2210 humankind is faced with one option for survival: moving to outer space. The most precious of Earth's natural resources have been depleted; the planet has been ripped apart by war and natural disasters. Survival of the fittest has transformed into survival of the luckiest when a family gets last minute tickets to board the Space Station: Humanity. S.S. Humanity is a short sci-fi drama that gives audiences a glimpse into what the future may hold for human life. The film follows one family as they prepare to leave for the Alaska Project, one of the last human civilizations left in their dying world. When an unexpected opportunity to leave on the last shuttle to space becomes a reality the family must chose to stay on Earth or insure their survival by moving out into space. Written by Matthew Ladensack
Film (short) by Andrew Hendrix (Drama) Producer, Camera and Electrical Department In the midst of his wife's unexpected death, Carlo LaVelle faces the devastating reality of continuing life alone. He soon turns to painting, his late wife's life long passion, as his only comfort under the tremendous weight of grief. What once was a consolation becomes an obsession while Carlo discovers art's ability to connect him with his wife once more. Written by Anonymous
Television (Documentary, History and Sci-Fi) Miscellaneous Crew Are we alone in the universe? The question has always haunted humankind. Incidents involving UFOs and extraterrestrial life have been reported throughout history. UFO HUNTERS, a new HD series on The History Channel, follows a group of experts as they subject some of history's most intriguing UFO accounts, and the evidence surrounding them, to exhaustive scrutiny in an effort to uncover the actual facts. Written by Official Site
Film by Brian Pulido (Adventure, Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department, Costume and Wardrobe Department Present day. Arizona. Megan and Abby Graves are inseparable sisters that couldn't be less alike. Megan just graduated ASU with a marketing degree. She's a self-assured, naturally attractive rock chick with a black belt that she likes to use. Abby just barely graduated high school. She's a cute, Hot Topic Goth who's caustic and afraid of her own shadow. They share one thing: a life-long obsession with comics and pop culture. Simply put, they are beautiful geeks. In a few days, Megan will start a new job at in New York. To send her off in style, the sisters go on a wild, pop culture bender that includes a trip to uncharted Arizona in search of a kitchy roadside attraction. Instead, Megan and Abby happen on Skull City Mine, a weather-beaten, abandoned mine town converted into a self-guided tour. But Skull City harbors terrible, vexing secrets. It appears to be haunted. Its caretakers are murderous. Victims' souls are ripped from their bodies right before their eyes, and that's only the ... Written by Mischief Maker Studios, LLC.
Film (short) by Joe Russo (Horror) Camera and Electrical Department After deciding on take-out for dinner, elderly couple Robert and Doris' quest for food is interrupted when they find Steve stranded on the side of the road. Offering him a ride, Robert and Doris are rewarded for their generosity when Steve invites them to his home for dinner. However the unsuspecting couple is unaware of Steve's true intentions, and while steaks are indeed on the menu, so is death! Written by Joe Russo
Film (short) by Dave Surber (Crime, Mystery and Thriller) Costume designer When four college students desecrate sacred land during a camping trip in the remote Arizona desert they quickly find themselves engulfed in grave and supernatural danger.
Film by Hannah Johnson (Comedy) Production manager
Television by Simon Fuller (Game-Show, Music and Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star Search" clone. After each song that was sung, the judges, Abdul, Jackson and Cowell, then critique that finalist's chosen song. After each show's ending, America must vote for a finalist to whom they really think their performance is good using this AT&T (now Cingular Wireless) or any other cellular phone to cast votes with. Once the votes are locked in, the judges and America decides who has the most and the least amount of votes, and the contestant with the least amount of votes is eliminated, and it goes on each week's show until the winner is crowned as "American Idol," where he/she wins a recording contract worth up to $1,000,000. The rest of the other finalists to whom they have been voted off before (the runner-up) also get recording contracts, too. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Film (short) by Joe Russo (Horror) Producer, Writer
Movie Screening Security Guards
Film (short) by Joe Russo (Comedy) Producer
Film (short) by Bruce Nelson (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew
Film (short) by Jeff Goldstein (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department What is the definition of art? Who defines it? In the world of modern and contemporary art, art critics, artists, and art admirers repetitively tackle these questions without mercy. Reclusive and tiresome of the monotonous world outside his home, Sid Dixon is a well-known abstract artist whose work is tirelessly revered by a wide fan-base. Yet upon receiving something much different from his usual fan letters, Dixon is thrown into a predicament in which he must defend his art, as well as the right to call his work his own. Written by Michelle Culver