I am a 27 year old photographer and filmmaker with over six years of training and experience behind a camera in different roles.
As a neurodiverse filmmaker I am captivated by the emotion in film and our drive to make them. When joining a project I understand the emotional motivation we often have for our work, and will find a way to empathise with the director and connect to their vision.
I studied my undergraduate degree in Creative & Professional Writing and Film Studies and went on to study my postgraduate Masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University in Filmmaking, where my focus was camera operation, and achieved a distinction.
My feature film pitch 'Red Velvet Time Machine' was selected as a Finalist in the South East Regional Film Festival, and my short film Knots Untie has screened at a selection of local film events.
I curated the Black Bird Film Festival which ran for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019, and raised money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Crisis, respectively.
I am currently working on a research proposal for my PHD application to the University of Birmingham and seeking paid or voluntary entry level roles on professional TV and film productions, or DOP/camera operator positions on student and micro budget productions.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Operating Black Magic/RED/Sony/DSLR cameras
Multi-camera set-ups and assembling equipment
Manual Focus Pulling
Lighting & Grip
Casting & Auditioning
Child Performance Licensing
Special Effects Make-up (basic)
DJI Drone operation
Working under pressure
Qualified First Aider
Ronin Gimbal Experience
Working independantly and as part of a team
EDUCATION & TRAINING
2018 - MA Filmmaking (Distinction)
Sheffield Hallam University
2017 - Runner Training
The Production Guild
2015 - BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing and Film Studies (2:1)
University of Wolverhampton
2014 - Camera/Lighting/SFX/Editing/Colour Grading
London Academy of Media, Film & TV
2012 - Creative Media Production (Distinction)
Birmingham Metropolitan College
PRAISE & REVIEWS
“Hackett’s story here is one that is clearly deeply personal to her, but it’s one that has a lot of touches that have the potential to reach out to anyone who takes the time out of their day to watch it, which is where I believe it’s greatest strengths lie.” - Midlands Movies
“For all its impeccable black and white aesthetic, is keen to broaden the viewer’s colour scheme when it comes to our rigid perceptions of people.” - Movie Marker
“Hackett writes and creates her characters with care, showing each character’s flaws alongside their strengths. With a great score, rich characters and a unique look, Jay Bird is worth checking out.” - Midland Movies
Tim Burtons Bodies (2021)
Edinbrugh University Press
Chapter 18 - Asexuality & Social Anxiety: The Perils of A Peculiar Body
The 100 Daze (2021)
A collection of photographs documenting the coronavirus lockdown of 2020.
Photo credits: Blue Jay Photography