CinemaKC profile: Ty Jones - KCTV5

CinemaKC profile: Ty Jones

Ty Jones erupted from the womb ready to be a filmmaker. He's been writing since he was seven, but once he started making films, he knew he had discovered the purpose for his volcanic imagination.

Ten years ago, Ty picked up an 8mm camera and shot his first film. Since then, he has studied with the Hollywood Film Institute in Chicago and in Los Angeles with Dov Simmons, who also helped Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino begin their careers. Over the last 10 years, Ty has directed almost 40 short films, some of which have played around the world at film festivals. He has also worked on over 200 projects, such as commercials for NASCAR and Sprint and national television programs. Ty has held most positions in the film industry, ranging from DP to Assistant Director to Best Boy. You name it(outside of Make-up)and Ty has probably done it.

Because Ty has learned the technical aspects of filmmaking in all genres, he knows well how to express his creativity in a way that touches a person's emotional core, excites the viewer, and makes the audience laugh. Ty knows how to tell a story.

Ty has also studied ferociously the craft of acting for the last 8 years. This pursuit has made him a better actor, but more importantly, his studies have enabled him to better communicate as a director with his actors to get their best performances. After working with Ty, Jeff Burr, a respected filmmaker with over 20 feature credits to his name, asked Ty to come to LA to work on Jeff's latest feature, "The Devil's Den". In 2005, Ty moved to LA and worked on numerous features, learning the ins and outs of Hollywood and the film industry.

Ty returned to Kansas City to shoot his first feature film, "Last Breath". Ty's desire for his first feature is that the experience will resonate with viewers long after they leave the theater. It has played all over the country at film festivals and won numerous awards and recently got picked up for distribution worldwide sometime April 2011. There will also be a short theatrical run at the same time. He's currently working on his next feature film script to be shot later 2011.

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