Spotlight: Jade Ertel

LSP Member Spotlight - 2016.01.04

1. How did you find out about Living Storm Productions? What made you want to become part of the group?

I had just moved to Madison and was on the search for a job or any film opportunity. I was scanning the Craigslist ads and I saw a [Living Storm Productions] message about needing more crew for their productions. I contacted Alex [Contreras] about learning more about film and being open to helping on any part of the film process. I wanted to join the group after meeting with Alex and hearing about the short films and projects that the group does and wanted to be a part of that.

2. What first interested you in film?

When I was young, my dad told me I would claim I wanted to be an actress. As I grew up, I realized I wanted to not be in front of the camera but behind it. It wasn’t until college that I saw all the different sides of film that were available to me. At UW-Oshkosh, I worked on various productions and I soon found a love of editing.

3. For you, what’s the most exciting part about making a film?

As an editor, I get to help mold the film/commercial into what the director wants. It’s a way to be creative that I can’t be in other areas of my life. I’ve always wanted to be so many things as I grew up but working on a film means I can do all those things or help other people [who] want to do them.

4. What is your experience in filmmaking?

I graduated from UW-Oshkosh in the Radio/TV/Film program where I learned so much more than I thought I ever could. I took scriptwriting, post-production and cinematography classes. Oshkosh was very interactive and the students even had their own TV station. We were able to produce television series and a countless amount of short films. I was able to learn so much about film. One of my favorite experiences was producing the annual A-T Telethon. After college, I was an editor at a news station in Green Bay and then I moved to Milwaukee and became a freelance editor. I’ve done commercials, promotions and a small home building television series on NBC. Now, I’m freelancing in Madison and doing more commercials for small production companies.

5. What are some of your filmmaking ambitions?

Some goals I have are finishing the short scripts I’ve started in college and some I’ve started outside of college. Editing came pretty easy to me but with writing I have to work at a bit, but I still like doing it. Another ambition I have is working on a large film set and possibly editing a feature film :)

 — with Jade Ertel

Living Storm