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Magic matters. If you want to tell a visual story, I’m interested.

I write and direct narrative, ads, and music videos. I’ve won awards from the DGA, MiSciFi, and the LA Guild of Puppetry, and been nominated for many others.

I’m South African and Afro-Positive, living in California and preparing to cast my indie first feature, which we’ll shoot this year, Covid be damned! The show must go on.

Here’s my short narrative showreel:

I’m busy with various writing projects, including a South African thriller, a YA fantasy feature, and a TV pilot. I’m the creator of ZANA,  a published comic book that’s going to graphic novel soon.

Before the pandemic hit, I directed an Amazon Prime webseries pilot called VERIFIED and some music videos, including for Vietnamese-American pop star Anh Minh and two zero-budget video for alternative rockers Love Like Suicide.

As a Chapman alumnus, I have taken courses in everything from editing to sound design to acting and composition, and worked across multiple departments. I have art-directed, boom-opped, produced, cam-operated, and edited on low budget or student shoots, music videos, and documentaries, and I own some basic sound and lighting equipment in addition to a Blackmagic Pocket Pro 4k and a few lenses. I have extensive experience teaching immersive summer camps and film courses for middle-schoolers and teenagers.

Get in touch at jeanbarkersa@gmail.com for inspired, professional results, catering to your budget.

My Commercial Reel

For more of my work, check out my Vimeo Page.