Back To Cool.

Summer has come and passed...

No, no no, I'm not really opening with a Green Day lyric. But I think I got my point across.

Summer really is over. Which means back to school for a lot of people. However, for the first time in my life, September has come and I'm not going back. I don't have to do any readings, I don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks I'm going to use only twice and I don't have to plan my schedule around the countless hours of homework I'm going to get. For the first time in my life, I feel like a true adult going out into the real world.

Which by the way, exciting as it is, is also kinda scary.

In a sense, I feel as though the safety net is gone. I always had school to fall back on to make me feel like I was bettering myself. I hate to say it, but I feel a little stagnant. That's not to say I don't feel like I'm getting better at what I do and furthering my career, I have gotten a couple of paid contracts and a decent amount of work experience since I graduated, but I suppose I just don't feel like I'm doing it quick enough. I see a few of my classmates already finding steady work. Work that they like doing, work in the film industry. 

I know I shouldn't feel this way because people work at different paces. I know that if I keep working hard and staying patient but persistent that my dream job will come my way. 

Anyways, thanks for listening to me think out loud. See you next time on this blog of mine.

-/\/ikola

That's a Wrap!

It's hard to determine what exactly I'm feeling in this moment.

On one hand, I'm extremely happy to finally be done with school. All those sleepless nights of studying and paper writing, the 14 hour days on set, and the 14 hour nights in the editing room. You would have to be crazy to put yourself through this willingly, wouldn't you?

Well, I'm not so sure. Because although I'm happy to say I have my bachelor of motion picture arts degree, my heart feels heavy. The last 4 years of my life have been without a doubt the most intense and rewarding and all of the people I have met have made it made an impact in my life that I can't even describe with words. Those long days on set were actually fun. I'll never forget the millions of in-jokes we created, from Nelson's stupid "Nope," to Ratboy Genius and Jimmy Nutrin to the endless Tthew bombs we devised when we should have been doing work. And how about the movies we made? Not only did I have a blast doing them, but I get to walk away saying I worked on these fantastic films with these fantastic people. Caulder's View, Endless, ShareShed, Epic Quest, Intercession, Community Service, Bomb Voyage, Dispossessed, MINI 1 and everything in-between. 

I don't want to name any names but to all the people that supported me and helped me improve as a person and a filmmaker, you have my eternal gratitude. 

So in the end, I feel better knowing that we're not saying goodbye, but rather just see ya soon. The bonds that we have created will go well past the Bosa Center and will hopefully extend throughout the entirety of our careers. Because after all;

We like making movies.

-JaJa

Is this thing on...?

We're finally live.

After what seems like a million years of talking about it and considering my options, I bit the bullet, did the work and finally got this website up and running.

I'd like to extend a welcome to anyone who happened upon this site. Here you'll find the latest news on what's going on in my life, the projects I've been a part of, and anything else I find cool that I'd like to share. I've just finished and uploaded a (very rough) version of a sizzle/demo reel of some of the work I've been a part of recently. As most of you may already know, I've been doing an internship with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the work I have done for them makes a prominent appearance in the reel. A lot of the recent indie films that I edited do not make an appearance, as it is too early to get the footage from the directors. The reel is in no way perfect and I expect to have a better version of it up in the near future, but have a look at it as is and let me know what you think!

Anyways, It's 3 AM, I have to go school tomorrow, and I'm exhausted. Thanks for the read and I look forward to showing you some of my stuff really soon.

-/\/

Special thanks to Paul Kovacs for the bomb logo that you see on the top of this page.