Yaphet Jackman is a regular feature on MAGLYFE – because he’s amazingly talented and overly passionate about filmmaking and developing the local film landscape. As a 2nd year film project, part of Ohio University’s Department of Film, Master of Fine Arts Program, Yaphet will be directing Solomon Dasko, a short film based on a character from ‘French Onion Soup’ – an upcoming feature written by Eulonda Kay Lea, an award winning screenwriter / producer from Washington DC. This collaborative project between Eulonda and Yaphet is a two-fold initiative serving as Yaphet’s scholastic project and a proof of concept for ‘French Onion Soup’.
This short film is a requirement for students pursuing the Directing track and aids in creating a portfolio for young directors and cinematographers seeking careers in the film industry.
The story follows Solomon, a recovering drug abuser, holding on to his dream of becoming a famous Blues singer. When he meets a lonely, schizophrenic guitar teacher who “sees” something in him, a convenient friendship ensues as he struggles to stay clean in the face of reality.
The film is slated to be shot on location in the Washington, DC metro area on February 4 – 9, 2016, but Yaphet needs your help. He’s created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to garner assistance for the production of this film. Your partnering with this project will help to offset production expenses, including accommodation, travel, crew fees, and meals.
Independent filmmaking is no easy task, especially among student filmmakers who endeavour to create work that sets them on a solid path to fruitful careers in the film industry.
The creation of Solomon Dasko will show the world there’s still an audience who appreciates indie filmmaking and the art they bring to the film viewing community.
Deets on Yaphet Jackman: He hails from Guyana, South America and is reading for his Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Film Direction and Cinematography at the Ohio University School of Film. His 17 years of experience in the media & film industry ranges from camera operation to managing studios and film projects in Guyana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Antigua. Armed with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from the University of Guyana, Jackman is known primarily for his work “We’ll find no days” – OU’s promise lives campaign video; ‘Tradition’ – Short Narrative Film (2010); USAID 50th Anniversary – Guyana – Documentary (2012); Delima’s Dilemma – Documentary Film (2013) and several other infomercials and documentary projects for corporate companies in the Caribbean.