Jean writes and directs drama, often using improvisation as a tool for developing scripts. She trained in the Meisner technique to further her relationship with directing and acting. Her shorts have been screened at film festivals worldwide. She is a self-shooting director of award-winning documentaries, often working with non-professional young actors to produce films around a social issue.
Jean had a fine arts background (BA Hons in Art and Related Arts) and moved from painting and photography into performance installation and experimental video. She worked in London from 1998 to 2005 in film and TV, on as an Assistant Director on dramas such as Dream Team for Sky, as well as numerous low-budget films. Alongside this, she worked with Genetic Moo an experimental film collective (now Moo Film). Attending Goldsmiths University to study an MA in Film Direction from 2003-4.
Therefore firstly she studied and learned how to use the camera to tell visual stories, working with a regular DOP Jun Keung Cheung. Her shorts have evolved after working with non-actors using improvisation to find the story and characters. The Meisner technique allows actors to put their focus on each other leading to a less self -conscious performance. This training has given her the skills to develop and support actors performance. She has worked extensively with young people and children on her shorts and currently has a feature film in development (Late Splitters) which has a predominately teen cast.
As a filmmaker, I have always battled with the tension between the aesthetic of making something look a certain way and the spontaneity of gaining a truthful performance.
Jean’s recent successes
Recently directed one of eight segments (Watching), for The Haunted Hotel, IMDB, which is due for release later in 2018.
Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2016/17
Creative England Talent Lab, with Write 2 Screen. 2016/17
Venice Cinema College, 2013 Step Into the Silent Land, Highly recommended.
One of twelve writers in the eastern region selected for the Write 2 Screen Hot House Scheme. A feature film development scheme supported by Creative England and Wavelength Films 2013.
Shortlisted for the Visit England/Creative England Film Challenge 2013 with ‘Running Wild’ (2nd place).
Selected as one of eight female writers in the eastern region to attend the Underwire networking group 2013.
Shortlisted for ifeatures 2 with ‘Step Into the Silent Land’ (Made it to the final 24 out of 380 feature projects) 2012.
Sold ‘Into the Silent Land’ 16mm short at Short Film Corner Cannes 2012, Sales Shorts International.
Won the Social Marketing East Awards 2006 with ‘Not that I Remember’ documentary drama short film.
MA in Fiction Direction – Goldsmiths College London
BA in Art & Related Arts – Chichester Institute (Southampton University)
Foundation in Art and Related Arts, Lowestoft College of Further Education.