KNEWYU: HOW DID YOU BOTH MEET AND HOW DID THE IDEA OF JÁEN COLLECTIVE COME ABOUT? IS THERE A MEANING BEHIND YOUR COMPANY NAME?
JON: I met Nick at film school, New York Film Academy GC Campus and have been making movies ever since.
NICHOLAS: We met at the New York Film Academy and continued to work together after graduating, perople were asking how to contact us and that’s when we decided to keep working under Jáen.
K: I THINK IT’S SO COOL AND INSPIRING WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE WORK FOR THEMSELVES AND PURSUE THEIR DREAMS. WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS OR LEAVE THE “RAT RACE” AS IT WERE, AND BE ENTREPRENEURS?
J: It’s NEVER to late to start again. Keep moving forward and pursuing everyday. You can either have one of two things: results or excuses. Get the results yourself!
N: I would highly recommend studying. You need to find what you are truly passionate about and start making more time for that.
K: DO YOU GET THE CHANCE TO WORK ONANYOF YOUR OWN PERSONAL PROJECTS? HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR PERSONAL PROJECTS WITH WORK FROM CLIENTS?
J: Yeah we always find time for our projects whether it’s early mornings or late nights. When it comes to film being tired is not an excuse not to work to get our own projects and story’s out there.
N: We probably work on more passion projects than paid gigs. we like to plan out our week on a white board and allocate any free time to our own shoots.
K: WHAT IS A NORMAL DAY LIKE IN THE LIFE OF NICHOLAS AND JON?
J: Ah normal, well right now it startsby looking at our long list of things to do on the white board and picking what’s next and going from there.
N: Driving to the warehouse in the morning and taking care of our to do list.
K: YOU HAVE A VERY NICE LOOKING FASHION COLLECTION GOING ON! I TOO DO A BIT OF FASHION DESIGNING IN MY SPARE TIME. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO PURSUE AND EXPAND?
J: Yeah, we both have had a bit of history with our own clothing labels before JÁEN. I see fashion as another wy to express yourself with out saying anything at all, fashion is an empowering tool. Vintage clothes are always great pieces and hard to find, that’s why we started JÁEN Vintage to bring eyes to these hidden gems we score out and about location scouting. Also, we have recently brought out our own small range of winterclothes and so far loving the feed back so more pieces will be on the way.
N: I’ve always been into clothing and it’s nice to have another creative outlet.
K: SEEING AS WE’RE ON THE TOPIC OF FASHION, DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE DESIGNERS OR BRANDS THAT YOU ENJOY WEARING OUTSIDE OF YOUR OWN LINE?
J: No not really, but I like things with a bit of history ya know, some character.
N: Generally I’ll just go thrift shopping however, I really like how Supreme runs things.
K: WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT TO WORK ON? WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
J: Highlight building a massive WW1 trench and making a movie with just the two of us……. Ahhh favourite project changes every day now with the talent getting put in front of us, but I really enjoy comedyprojects. So anything comedy. Dream project – massive budget action comedy movie that everyone can enjoy!
N: The highlight would be shooting and directing a number of ABC2 show inserts across Australia. My favourite would have to be Picquet our first short film out of film school. Dream project is to create out own feature film, which we are working on right now.
K: WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILM MAKERS/VIDEOGRAPHERS?
J: To get better you have to just keep filming no matter what. Find a way to film every day.
N: Surround yourself with other creatives and try to put together a little crew,it’s much better collaborating instead of doing everything yourself.
Thank you so much guys!!