Jenna Eriksen is a contemporary queer female filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist from New Zealand, currently based in Birrarung, Melbourne, Australia. Her multidisciplinary practice and skillset has lead her to work in a range of roles across film production. Specialising in Direction, Production, Casting and Color.
Jenna’s current multimedia practice explores cathartic responses to traversing emotions through space. Her unique images are informed by a sense of connection, affinity and turangawaewae / belonging to a place. Volatilis, Jenna’s solo exhibition held at Rossyln Gallery in April 2019 explored the journey of heartbreak, growth and rebirth through the visual metaphor of a constructed volatile landscape. Featuring an eighty-three square metre photographic print, seven metre hand rendered pastel glacier and seven minute projection loop, along with a live improvised soundscape by Experimental Theremin artist Miles Brown and acclaimed Harpist Mary Doumany. Jenna’s experimental dance film of the same title is a continuation of this exploration and features Australian Deaf Contemporary dancer Anna Seymour as Aronui. The Volatilis film has been selected to feature in the 2019 Gertrude Street Projection Festival and is currently in consideration for multiple international film festivals. Furthermore 2019 has seen Jenna celebrate the success of her music video for Australian psychedelic rock band POND’s ‘Man It Feels Like Space Again’ reaching 1 million views on Youtube.
Whilst freelancing Jenna works as a Casting Director for TVC’s and Film at Catapult Casting for brands such as Ford, Mini, Medibank and Specsavers to name just a few. Jenna has spent the past 4 years working in commercial casting on a variety of projects, and learning under esteemed Australian Casting Director Fiona Dann of Casting Sugar. Jenna has an extensive skillset from working on a range of commercial content, short films, music videos and NZ on Air funded videos as director, assistant director, producer, art director, cinematographer, and post production colour grading. Her music videos have been selected for the BBC Music Video Festival and the Berlin Music Video Awards. Clients include Clemenger BBDO, TBWA, Spinning Top Records, Modular Records, EMI Australia, Flying Nun Records and New Zealand on Air.
With a extensive range of commercial and music video content behind her, she has created projects for Modular Records, Spinning Top Records, EMI Publishing Australia, New Zealand on Air, and Mel Australia. Jenna has held an internship as a Directors Assistant and is mentored by acclaimed Director Natasha Pincus and Colorist Dee McClelland.
Jenna is available for freelance and commission projects and currently holds a casting associate position at Catapult Casting.
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Shows | Awards | Nominations | Quotes
Gertrude St Projection Festival - Featured Artist July 2019
‘Volatilis’ Solo Exhibition - 222 Rosslyn Gallery, Melbourne AUS - April 2019
Reykjavik Film Festival - Team Member 2017
Pond 'Man It Feels Like Space Again' - nominated for the Berlin Music Video Awards, Best Lo'Fi category 2015
Shortlisted for Jane Campion CineFem Scholarship 2015, NZFC.
Grayson Gilmour 'Minus Times Infinity'- selected by the BBC to feature in the BBC Music Video Festival, the film is distinctive for its hand colourisation of 5625 frames each individually painted.
"Filmed in a remote Australian forest, it sees the Wellington musician facing off against a giant animatronic dragon (lovingly named Boris). Shot on a 16mm Soviet-era camera, with each frame coloured by hand, the film exists in its' own unique world, giving the song a whole new perspective." NZMUSIC.ORG.NZ
"Silence & Youth has finally gotten the Kubrik-esque video treatment that it's deserved, and while it might cliché to have a tripped out space themed video to spaced out triply pop music, the animation and art direction from Jesse Taylor Smith and Jenna Eriksen respectively really makes this vid stand out from the crowd." HHHAPPY.COM