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Rising Stars: Meet Jude Chacon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jude Chacon.

Jude, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I want to make films and music videos. My dad showed us a lot of films when we were young and it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.

I work in post-production because it was the first job I was able to get out of college. I cold-called animation studios, post houses, and production companies; post was the first one that called me back.

I managed to work on my own projects outside of work. I’ve always had a love for music videos and because some of my friends are musicians, it was natural for me to explore that avenue. I’m very fond of stop-motion and decided to incorporate it in my portfolio as a way to separate myself from other music video directors (at least on the smaller, local level). My favorite music video of all time is Radiohead’s “There, There” by Chris Hopewell. I love weird, interesting videos. I like a lot of videos that incorporate animation. Some other favorites are Blur’s “Coffee and TV” and Pearl Jam’s “Do The Evolution.”

After a few years of working in post-production, I decided to go back to school. I was accepted to ArtCenter and was able to keep my job during the day so it all worked out. I guess I’m pretty lucky in that regard. I’ve been making music videos regularly since 2016.

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?
I don’t think it’s smooth for anyone pursuing a career in entertainment. I’m pretty sure everyone’s struggles sound similar.

I had a stroke and open-heart surgery when I was eight. I guess that’s kind of gnarly. I have a little bit of nerve damage on my left side.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I work with music videos mostly (with plans on getting into more narratives). Stop-motion has been a separator but I enjoy all mediums. I just finished a music video for a band in Mexico: Celest. We met a few years ago at a festival and kept in touch. Thankfully, they trusted me to make a video for them and we just released it.

I try to incorporate heavy narrative or production design into my videos. I don’t like shooting videos of bands playing in a desert, city, or other generic setting (with LED lighting). I have a true passion for music videos and I hope that comes across.

Though, my friends and I were laughing a couple of days ago about my own work. My music videos tend to just be about a protagonist (either a robot, snowball, or astronaut) walking around various settings. I should probably mix it up a little.

What matters most to you?
Trying to do something different. It’s great that people are now able to share their creations with the rest of the world easier than ever before. I think because of that, we have a responsibility to try and do something different. I hate wasting other people’s time and I feel responsible the minute someone’s eyes start glazing over.

I also care about animal rescues. Specifically pugs.

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All images selected are from my work (Jude Daniel Chacon).

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