Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Borcea.
Hi Jennifer, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My interest in the filmmaking process started when I was about 11 years old when my school held a special film study program analyzing the M Night Shyamalan film The Sixth Sense. I remember a conscious shift happening within me from a passive viewer of films to engaging with ideas of what it takes to actually make a film and the elements that come together in a unique combination to make that single finished piece – essentially the beginnings of what it means to be a filmmaker.
In 2012, I attended Central Film School in London and studied, lived, and worked in the city for three years mostly freelancing and got my first job from a connection through my older sister who worked for a corporate health company creating small animated videos to share information and tips on positive daily wellness practices. It was an amazing first step out of college because it was my first experience producing, writing, and directing animated short-form content, and I embraced the opportunity to hire and work with animators from all parts of the world ranging from South Africa, The Philippines, England, India, and the US.
Following my work and experiences in London, I moved to Los Angeles in 2015 where I now live and work as a freelance videographer with projects ranging from internal client/company informational video work to music/app promotion and music videos.
Today I work with clients like kimono fashion designer and stylist Rita Ghanime, alchemist & founder of @indigoyogalab “L.A.’s Top Wellness Pro” Peter Nguyen, Replica Matcha Medication by Maison Margiela Fragrances, musicians songwriters & singers like ZÓRA, NYC-based songwriter producer & sound engineer Olivia Reid, artists & poets like Renata Zhigulina, Australian Dj/Producer G E M, collaborative works with TYCHO, Thievery Corporation, Planetary Cymatic Resonance and Lynda Arnold, and more.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The path as a freelance filmmaker has been up and down, it definitely has its struggles. Engaging with new clients & information on a regular basis can be challenging. It both tests and strengthens my decision-making and the relationship between what’s best for me and what value I’m able to provide a client at any given point in my career. But I love the freedom it comes with and enjoy embracing the challenges which I feel help to form me as a better filmmaker each time.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m most proud of the recent clients, connections, friendships, and projects that I’ve made, collaborated with and created during the past few months. Going through the pandemic I think ignited different parts of my filmmaking that had maybe been hidden/dormant and pulled me out of my comfort zone into new avenues I hadn’t expected. I’m very grateful to have connected with new friendships and clients. Bonding through the difficulties of the time and simultaneously connecting more because of it, I didn’t expect it to become the new foundation for creating art and exploring and enjoying the process of videography & filmmaking in an entirely new way.
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
In terms of likes and dislikes about the city of Los Angeles – I like that the main industry here is film. It feels like it’s everywhere I go and I really love that. What I like least about the city (I have to say as an East Coaster) is the lack of seasons and enough nature around. I do miss the fall and really value time with nature/in forests with clean air and sounds and sensations trees/birds/forest settings. Fall is one of my favorite times of year for that – but another great aspect about Los Angeles is that it’s very close to places like San Francisco/Northern California, Big Bear, Portland, etc., where some seasons can be experienced too.
- $500 half-day filming rate
- $800 half-day filming & basic editing package
- Further pricing available upon request
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- Website: jenniferborcea.com
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Image Credits: Jennifer Borcea, Main Image: Jenna Beasley Photography