I FIND THE MUSTACHE BAREFOOT AND SANDY OUTSIDE OF A SAMBAZON IN DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA. HIS GET UP COULD PASS AS A TRENDY BUM ATTACHED TO A GREAT SMILE, CONTENT, AND GIDDY FOR THE NEXT LAUGH. WE CATCH UP ABOUT THE PROJECT HE WAS SHOOTING AN HOUR EARLIER FOR BURBERRY, BUT THAT STATCHE WHISPERS IT’S A COVER FOR SOME MUCH DIRTIER SHIT.
My balls are still unthawing from the temperature drop in the water that morning as we scrape words together. We grab our overpriced bowls of berries and find a bright orange table where I sit and compare my upper lip pubes to his. Mine were definitely put to shame. Jack is easy to talk to, better to laugh with and a guy you can easily picture yourself grabbing a beer with. In between spoonfuls of health to cure the weekend hangover, we begin our conversation on the latest in his world. Here’s the scoop on what’s new with the creative mind behind the lens.
'Salulita Super8 with Syd'
Tell us about your most recent project! You just did YG’s music video right?
Yeah! I just shot the B-roll for YG’s music video. It was sick, local and at first it was kind of a little tense but everyone had their own little Don Julio bottle and as soon as everyone got those going it was a lot more friendly haha, everyone was having a good time. I just shot with a fashion brand called Naviance, super fun, all film.
Do you think Encinitas has shaped your creativity to where its at now?
Yes and no. Yes in the sense that there’s a lot of people here with a ton of different mediums, like I grew up with people who would make art out of trash and I started at a young age doing that with them and I always felt like I was missing something... I didn’t necessarily have a paint brush, so to speak. And then I graduated college with a degree that literally doesn’t matter and I just started shooting super 8 and felt like that kind of became my canvas in the most cliche way.
So obviously growing up in Encinitas you’ve grown up going to blacks beach where saggy grandparents' genitals get their day in the sun. Do you think there’s anything more refreshing to have in front of you after a surf?
Besides that, a cold Michelada tall boy.
What do you think drives your creativity? Besides saggy genitals...
Haha honestly I think it’s just weather, I’m very weather dependent. If it’s sunny I’ll be out and “oh shit” you know I’ll see something that I like and just throw it to the list to shoot something like it.
Where did you discover your love for being behind the lens?
I started off like anyone else, 35mm and whatever, and I wanted to get shots that nobody was getting so I got a Minolta Weathermatic which is a waterproof 35mm camera and that kind of took off, then I started looking into Super 8 and found one of the only Super 8 cameras that are waterproof out of the factory, super hard to find. So I kind of ran with that and brands were like “we need this, we’d love to have you."
You fit the videographer image very well, did the porn stache come before or after starting to film?
I can’t get rid of it! It’s just a part of me now. I’ll shave it and it just doesn’t look good shaved.
DOES YOUR GIRLFRIEND APPROVE?
She loves it.
Any photographer or videographer you get inspiration from?
Kelly Hammon, who I shoot everything with, we kind of have this unspoken rivalry where he’s just putting out the coolest stuff ever and we cater to each other’s talents. He’s more specs and knows every single thing about the camera and I’ll be trying to figure it out and he’s like here’s the shot as we get closer in and wider out I think it’d look better if we went to this location, etc. So we work really well together. Cole Ferguson kills it, Jack Ynez, guy absolutely kills it, all local guys I’m able to surround myself with pretty frequently.
Big and small, what do you love about creating content?
I love when it clicks. A lot of the stuff I shoot there’s not really any structure, just a broad concept. It’s the best thing when it clicks in post when I’m editing something and the song just randomly works out perfectly, like I’ve literally cried, like balled my eyes out being like "No Way!" Well, maybe not balled my eyes out haha but all the stars aligned and it’s the best feeling ever.
Can you draw a perfect circle?
I can't haha...
Best Bar in Encinitas?
Lucadian. That's it.
Do you think there’s anything less intimidating than someone buying nail clippers?
I can’t think of anything haha but I did buy nail clippers recently, a few weeks ago I was going fishing and I lost my clippers to clip my line and it was probably 4:45 in the morning and I just look at the clerk and go “I need a pair of nail clippers” and the girl just looked at me and goes “What the f*ck?” Haha probably wondering what I had making in my shoe at such an ungodly hour.
What's next for you?
What’s next for me... I’ve got some stuff in the pipeline that I can talk to you about off the record but there’s some cool stuff coming up... some longer term stuff that we’re working for.
EPIC! THANKS FOR SITTING DOWN WITH US, JACK. YOU’RE THE MAN, KEEP UP THE CONTENT. WE’RE EXCITED FOR WHATS NEXT.
Jack filled me in on what’s to come and I can tell you it won't disappoint. Keep an eye out for the mustache.