What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Tyler Jordan, and I am a Filmmaker.
Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
Im from Hampton, Virginia originally. Being from the Hampton Roads Area has allowed me to have experiences with different cultures from people of all types. At the same time it’s a constant challenge to find ways to differentiate yourself amongst the pack of other creatives in this relatively small area compared to others. This keeps my drive to create fresh ad new content consistently.
Explain what initially got you into shooting?
I started shooting photos for friends and one day was ask if I shoot videos and i said yea (not having any experience) and from there it was a wrap.
What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
I get inspiration at times when I go back and watch old films from throughout time. Or sometimes I have to travel and be surrounded by new things, smells, sounds, etc. That always gets me going creatively when all else fails.
What is a quote or motto that you live by?
A motto i live by is ” Any thing worth having is worth working for”. That keeps me going on the days I have no energy, or not really feeling it.
What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
I currently use a Canon t6i, my go-to lens is my 24mm Art lens. I love my Zhiyun Crane gimbal, that piece of equipment alone has allowed me to transform my films. Im able to get a lot of creative shots that would be borderline impossible shooting handheld.
What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
At the moment I would say i specialize in Music Videos but I do have experience with weddings, events, etc. I really enjoy shooting music videos because I love music. And I also know the importance of videos to up and coming artist. I have the ability to put good quality artist in front of the world to be showcased and share their music.
Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
Top Three Albums is a hard one to answer, I would have to say Kanye West’s 808s n Heartbreaks, Lil Wayne “The Carter 2”, and Future’s “Beast Mode”. Young Nudy has been my go to as of late when Im trying to get in the zone.
Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
Omarthedirector has been a huge inspiration for me being that he is somebody I can talk to and learn from. He also has given me opportunities to work with Big Artist like Plies, NBA YoungBoy, Peewee Longway, and others. Collin Tilley has directed some Iconic music videos, his creative approach is pretty dope. Finally, Spike Lee inspires me to make content that will the challenge the thoughts of everyday people by kind of showing them whats really going on in the real world.
What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting? (besides shooting more)
The Best Advice I can give someone who is just starting to shoot is to always challenge yourself to be more creative, find new stories to tell, and follow the path you believe is set for you.
Random Question: What was the first horror movie that had you legit scared?
Sinister by Scott Derrickson, Starring Ethan Hawke really had me on one because of how realistic it was.
What is next for you?
Whats next for me? I have a lot of new content coming out in the next few weeks.I also plan on growing my internet presence and really learning the business side of things. I believe that is what I need to take things to the next level.
Where can people find you (social media info)?
You can follow me @rarecinematic on all social media platforms.