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  • Jay Ford, our next up and coming film producer sits eagerly as he checks his emails for his next project. Coming from Pasadena, California Ford is a 21 year old young man pursuing a career of his own. He aspires to start his own production company calling it “JayFord Productions”.

    “I grew up around my father, who was always making home videos of my and my brother, so I was always exposed to film and photography,” said Ford, smiling thinking of his childhood.

    Coming from Southern, California it is easy to think that your going to be the next big thing when it comest to film or music. But Ford has made big steps early on, putting him ahead of his generation.

    “My cousin is the drummer for Kendrick Lamar, and they needed someone to document the concert down in Phoenix last year- so, I got the opportunity to not only meet Kendrick but also to film his entire concert, and put together a video for him,” said Ford.

    Ford has made a variety of short film productions such as, highlight tapes for athletes, he has done some work for the sororities here at NAU, additionally he has done some sports footage for NAU, and he has also filmed concerts.

    “You will find me with a camera almost anywhere, especially at big parties. You never know what kind of footage your going to get or how the night is going to turn out, so I don't want to miss an opportunity to make my film that much better,” said Ford.

    Ford is responsible for Northern Arizona Universities popular videos called “The Life- Northern Arizona University” which is a compilation of videos to explain what life is like here at NAU. Including the campus, the parties, the environment, events and weather.

    Aside from film, Ford enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his friends. Currently, he is busy with getting students graduation photos taken, edited and back to them in a good amount of time. He does this to earn some extra money, and to kill some time when he's bored.

    “Im not the kind of guy that can just sit around and play video games, I like to do things,” Ford says.

    Coming to NAU, Ford planned on playing football. After multiple coaches telling him different things, and extending each season for him to start he quit and decided to be 100% devoted to his career in film.

    Now, Ford is a junior at Northern Arizona University, planning to graduate next may. He works at “The Grove” housing complex to help his expenses while he's out living on his own. Since working at The Grove, Ford has found this as an opportunity to make videos.

    “We have had pool parties at the Grove that ive gotten footage of and made videos. I also made a Nike commercial there for a class, its a good place to be for me,” said Ford nodding his head in assurance.

    Ford is in no rush for his career, he is enjoying his younger years and getting to experience life as a college student. He is well known all over campus, he cant go anywhere without anyone saying hello. But, with having this kind of popularity around campus, Ford has managed to stay humble and not let that get to his head or distract him.

    “Film and photography is a passion for me, its not a job. Thats why I love it so much. I love to get those kodak moments of people that they will never forget because its been documented. The process of making a film is intriguing to me. I have had endless nights of staying up late editing videos, because I don't want to leave it until its a masterpiece,” Ford said passionately.
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