5 Minutes with… Jasyn Howes

5 Minutes with… Jasyn Howes

Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?

I am a freelance director and cinematographer based in Cape Town. I work mostly in branded content, commercials and documentaries.

What are you currently up to?

I am currently working on my DFA short film, a fashion film project, a short script project that is based on true events and in between all of that pitching on commercials.

What’s your best project/work to date?

My documentary film entitled Dula is a film I am very proud of as it was a film that taught me a lot about myself and a world I had no understanding of. I feel like I grew as a person during the making of that film.

Dula follows murder convict Abdul on his return to society through boxing. Sentenced to 12 years in prison for stabbing a guy in a fight at the age of 16. He took to boxing recreationally, but soon evinced real talent, which was fostered by inmates and prison staff and after his release in 2017 he pursued a full-time career in boxing.

I shot Dula over the course of a year in 2017 in Brooklyn and the Drakenstein Prison in Paarl. The film was released in 2018 and screened in competition at festivals in the US, UK and SA and it won best short documentary at the 2018 Jozi Film Festival.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by other filmmakers who don’t ask permission to make their films. I know it’s hard to do it alone, but having the courage to believe in yourself and go out and make something and see it through really inspires me to do the same.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

I enjoy the outdoors, watching movies and travelling.

Finally, what tips or advice could you give to other documentary creatives, just starting out or to the most experienced creatives needing a bit of encouragement?

Make stuff. The only way you will learn about the craft and learn about who you are within the craft is by making stuff. Filmmaking is about doing.