When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.
— Steven Spielberg

Jason Solari

Job Descriptions - Executive producer, director, writer, creative philanthropist and the most loyal friend on this side of the Mississippi.

Biography - Jason began his filmmaking career in high school when he used to borrow film equipment for class assignments. He has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years, starting out as a radio producer. He started working in film in 2005, establishing a film training program the following year. In 2007 he worked on his first feature film, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising; a full budget film from the joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.

Since then, he has been directing shorts, winning best director for his short Life on the Road. In 2015, he completed his first feature film as both director and producer, The Umbrella, which received international distribution. 


Charis Joy Jackson

Job Descriptions - Producer, first assistant director, casting director, and the sweetest toughest lady in the business. 

Biography - Charis began her film career in 1998 as a cast member for the independent Hawaiian feature, Beyond Paradise. Ever since she's been pursuing filmmaking. 

She was here when The Initiative Production Company was founded in 2008 and has written, directed and produced several short films.

Charis has also crewed several independent feature films. Relapse and The Land of Eb being among them. Most recently she was the 1st Assistant Director on The Umbrella with The Initiative.

She is now the producer for the upcoming Out of the Woods Project


Brenden Bell

Job Descriptions - Writer, editor, visual content manager, and self proclaimed eye candy. 

Biography - Brenden has been involved with film since he joined The Initiative in 2011. He took our film course and then joined the internship which ran alongside our first feature, The Umbrella

He has been our resident writer ever since, creating several short films in the process. Over the last four years he's taught screen writing on our film course.

Brenden has crewed in several other areas as well. During The Umbrella he was our Script Supervisor, and most recently he produced our newest short film, Skipping Stones.

He is currently co-writer for the upcoming Out of the Woods Project.


Jonathan Proby

Job Descriptions - Post production supervisor, sound engineer, visual effects coordinator.

Biography - Jonathan has been involved in some aspect of film since 2002. In 2008 he was part of the founding team, bringing The Initiative Production Company into existence. 

He has been involved in several areas of film, but most recently was the Sound Mixer and Post Production Supervisor for The Umbrella

He also worked as Sound Mixer on independent feature, Midori in Hawaii.

Jonathan is a jack of all trades and will be adding set builder to his resume in the upcoming Out of the Woods Project


Jay Evans

Job Descriptions - Head editor and killer moustache grower. 


Micah McWhorter

Job Descriptions - Videographer, documentarian, and editor, hailing from Flowery Branch, Georgia.


Connor Sassmannshausen

Job Descriptions - Writer, grip/gaffer, all around crafty gal and avid Dr. Who enthusiast. 


Job Descriptions - Social media guru and blogger with the occasional foley sound design thrown in for good measure.

Keaton Evans


Job Descriptions - Production designer, actor extraordinaire and all things South African.

Annette Lange