Film Artist for September 2018: Jazz Bishop

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Jazz Bishop has deep roots within the state having worked within the local film industry since 2010. Bishop was first mentored by Greg Mellott, Gray Frederickson and Sean Lynch through Oklahoma City Community College’s (OCCC) film program, and began his film career as lead swing on Lance McDaniel’s “Crazy Enough”. Since then, he’s worked on over a dozen film, television and commercial productions, including “Stuck Out of Love” now filming in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

“Pursuing my passions in Oklahoma’s film business has opened the door for many of my other creative interests. I’ve worked as a DJ on KOJH Radio and as a news photographer. Currently, I am working on releasing an album next year.”

When asked about his career as a prop master, Bishop said, “The most fulfilling project for me was ‘Te Ata’ (Nathan Frankowski, 2016), and seeing a story about a native Oklahoman come to life on the big screen. It was an amazing opportunity working with The Chickasaw Nation. One of the funniest projects I’ve worked on was ‘Ratpocalypse’ (Vladimir Uglichin, 2015).

“Being able to live in Oklahoma and work in the film business is amazing,” continues Bishop. “I am always looking for ways to strengthen and diversify the film business here. Oklahoma’s film industry is growing and creating opportunity for Oklahomans. The growth and investment means we won’t have to seek work out of the state. The work the Oklahoma Film Commission is providing is vital to creating that growth. I’ve lived and worked in various places across the country and around the world. Oklahomans are known as the friendliest people. It’s an awesome place to work and live.”

For more information, please visit Jazz Bishop’s listing in the Oklahoma Production Directory.

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