9 months ago | Guides
2016 was quite a year for Radar Creative Rafe Jennings, from being shortlisted at the Radar Awards to winning at the UKMVAs for his Radar commissioned video for rising star Will Joseph Cook. We caught up with him to chat about his career, ambitions and advice to fellow film-makers...
Watch the YouTube video below or read on for the transcript...
1. Who are you?
Hi, my name’s Rafe and I’m a film director who makes music videos, commercials and short films.
2. When did you decide to direct music videos - and what did you first do about it?
I first decided I wanted to make music videos when I was a teenager I had a MiniDV camcorder so I went around and filmed things, and then made fan videos, and put them on YouTube. So that’s where I started really. I just decided “I wanna make them” and went out there and made them.
Rafe and his award
3. How far have you come from starting out, to where you are now? (What's different?)
Things have changed quite a lot since I started out. I’m not filming on MiniDV anymore, though I probably would again. I think the one thing I know about filmaking is the more that you do it the better you get obviously and the more you can narrow the gap between what you have in your mind and what ends up on the screen. So I think that’s the main difference between when I started out and now, is that I can get much closer to what I have in my in my head and my idea. And that’s through my own skill and having a great network of very talented people around me. All those things come together and help you grow as a filmmaker.
4. Has Radar helped you on your journey? (If so, how?)
Will Joseph Cook - Take Me Dancing
My long term ambitions are to direct feature films & TV. I think music videos are a really good way of going about because you get to work with bigger budgets. You get to hone your skills as a filmmaker and you also get to build up your network I think those are the things I’m going to be looking at doing in the foreseeable future just to prepare me for later on.
Rafe at the UKMVAs
6. What are the most useful lessons you can pass on to newer directors?
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