About The Director

Writer, Director, and Producer Jacob Schantz began his filmmaking career in March 2007, taking on the responsibility of creating a film for the 48hr Film Festival, despite the handicap of never had making a film before.

He assembled a crew of bored friends and cast them as his stars in between setting up takes. He transformed his living room into a bar and a warehouse into an alleyway, seemingly moving mountains compared to his nil role as a File Clerk during the workweek.

Unfortunately, his relentless dedication wasn’t enough to complete a film in which he had no means to edit at even an amateur level. After 47 hours of guerilla filmmaking, Schantz had to concede failure.

He enrolled at the Art Institute of California, Sacramento that summer, vowing to never be placed in that position again. Schantz, a lifelong screenwriter and film aficionado, extended his passion and took the first steps into his long-awaited journey.

Since his tenure, Schantz has become a regular in the Sacramento film festival circuit, culminating last year with his music video, “Scales of Pain” with Crazy Ballhead, which took home “Best Program Music Video” at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2009 and “Best Music Video” for The Art Institute of California, Sacramento Student Showcase 2009.

Now Jacob Schantz looks to complete his student career with the short film, Little Things, based on the wry and biting works of author Raymond Carver. The works reaffirmed his belief in strong characterization and unbroken narratives, and Schantz began the crusade of brining the beloved literary classics onscreen.

Little Things represents Schantz’s narrative storytelling skills and showcases his ironclad resolve and ambition as a filmmaker. He will not become beset with troubles of the past, on the contrary; he looks to the future reverently based on his experiences and mistakes. Grateful to have a passion and purpose, Schantz now works to move to the next phase of his cinematic career.

Jacob Schantz’s Resume

Education

Bachelors of Sciences in Digital Film and Video Production,

Art Institute of California, Sacramento · 2007 – 2010

Work History

Sacramento News & Review · Video Journalist

A semester course offered to produce and edit orignal content for newsandreview.com

The 916 · Art Institute of CA, Sacramento/FOX Broadcasting Affiliate

Content Producer · Director · Videographer · Copywriter

Web-Series promoting student lifestyle in the Sacramento Region

Sacramento Global Entrepreneurship Week · Capsity Offices

Executive Producer · Editor · Videographer

Web Video series promoting Sacramento Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009

Discretion · Stillwater Productions

Writer · Producer · Director

Official Entrant · Film Racing Grand Prix 2009

Night Movers · Mom’s House Productions

Writer · Producer · Director

Official 10 x 10 Entrant · Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2009

Crazy Ballhead · “Scales of Pain”

Writer · Producer · Director

Winner · Sac Music Seen Best Program Music Video/Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2009

Winner · Best Music Video · 2009 Art Institute of California, Sacramento Student Showcase

Trainwreck Revival · “Down by the River” (in a van)

Writer · Producer · Director

Official Sac Music Seen Entrant · Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2009

Return Policy · Burning Bowl Productions

Writer · Producer · Director

Official Entrant · San Francisco 2009 24hr Film Racing Contest

Pension Plan · Team Alpha Productions

Writer · Producer · Director

Official 48hr Film Festival Entrant · 2009 Sacramento International Film Festival

News10 Sacramento · ABC Affiliate

Citizen Journalist

A semester course offered to produce and edit original content for News10.net

Sinking Sun · Carjack Productions

Writer · Producer · Director

Official 48hr Film Festival Entrant · 2008 Sacramento International Film Festival

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