We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Wyscaver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacob, what are you inspired by?
Inspiration can come from many sources of my daily life. For the most part, I am inspired by the people and artists who surround me: my family, friends, co-workers, and my everyday life. I am often inspired by artwork, paintings, photography, music, and movies. I believe my creativity stems from my surroundings which means my sources of inspiration are consistently changing and evolving.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a passionate artist and storyteller. I aspire to be a writer and director for TV shows or movies. As a person of mixed cultural heritage, I am passionate about ethnic representation within film and media. In addition, I am also interested in telling stories about marginalized groups of people who often don’t have a voice.
My goal is to keep telling stories that push my abilities. During college, I wrote and directed two short films: an action western, The Twisted Three, and a murder mystery film Mute. Both films are vastly different, but they have taught me how to be an efficient team member. I am very grateful to be a part of a crew that is excited about making stories. All of my films would not have been made without them and their hard work. The challenges from COVID-19 proved difficult during our senior year. We had to think outside the box and accommodate for changes on an ongoing basis. Even though it was difficult, we still succeeded and created our senior thesis films. These obstacles have allowed me to show what I can do with smaller resources.
In the end, I want to make stories that showcase human emotion—something that can grip you or cause you to feel something about someone. Whether it’s good or bad is up to the audience’s interpretation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My Colorado itinerary: Visit Denver, go to a sports game (Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies), eat fantastic food around the city, and go to the Denver Zoo or the Aquarium. Then, during the next few days, I would go to boulder and walk 16th Street and visit some of our national parks (Rocky Mountain National Park). Finally, if there was time for a long road trip, I would see the Great Sand Dunes or go to Glennwood Springs. These are just some of my favorite things to do in Colorado.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my family, friends, and teachers/professors who have believed in me throughout my life. They have helped form who I am and have committed their own time to support my growth as a human being. I genuinely don’t think I would be where I am without them.
Mute: Mathew Schneck (William), Jefferson Arca (Preist), Monty Dickson (Drifter), Christopher Riggs (Cinematographer). The Twisted Three: Jefferson Arca (Bounty Hunter), Christopher Riggs (Cinematographer), Hunter Thompson (BTS).