We sat down for a chat with alumni Jaran M. Huggins, BFA ’22 to catch up on all of the exciting work he’s been up to since graduation.
What are you up to since graduating?
Currently, I’m working in development at a production company called CreatorPlus, which was my internship during the Summer LA Study Away Program. I recently was a guest director on an upcoming web series to premiere next year where I was also honored to work with Conner White ’22 as our guest DP and Casey Baum ’22 as our 1st AD. Casey and I have since been asked to write the season finale for the series to be shot next spring here in LA.
All of this spurred from the LA Study Away Program. It afforded me the experience to meet and connect with people, which in turn led to opportunities that are now beginning to come to fruition!
How is Sheet Music doing since the 2022 Diamond Screen Film Festival?
Sheet Music recently premiered at the Nashville Film Festival, my hometown, back in September which was a phenomenal experience. The film was extremely well-received and recently screened at FirstGlance, too. It recently was accepted into an online monthly festival called 4Theatre and is still awaiting other notifications regarding future festivals. I don’t believe the story of Sheet Music is fully told yet and I’m excited about the potential future of that project going forward.
How has Temple helped you find work and prepared you for it?
Being endlessly curious is a tip I learned from Temple. Now, working in LA, it’s important to realize that we’re all students of the game and there is so much to learn. Stay curious and take advantage of every opportunity to learn as much as possible in film school.
I’ve also seen and heard firsthand that Temple students have an incredible reputation on the west coast. It’s that reputation of perseverance and confidence that Temple instilled in me that motivates me with a constant determination to continue to grow and evolve.
What's one piece of gear you couldn't live without?
Apple boxes. I’ve been PA’ing a lot out here and that alone has allowed me to appreciate the value they serve not just for film equipment but as a seat for comfort or a percussive instrument (haha).
What's your favorite thing about going to college in Philadelphia?
Going to college in Philadelphia provided me an invaluable experience I don’t think I would’ve been able to get elsewhere. Coming from the south into an entirely different environment certainly scared me on all levels, but I walked away knowing it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself. The best part of being in Philly is there’s just such an amazing opportunity to explore the melting pot of culture that exists there, which allows you to gain perspective outside your bubble.
We're so excited for Jaran and can't wait to see what he does next! #Templemade