the feature film project

Jason Solari / Director, Writer, Executive Producer

Jason began his filmmaking career in 1999 when he used to borrow film equipment for class assignments. He has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years, starting out in radio. He started working in film in 2005, leading a film education program the following year. In 2007 he worked on his first feature film, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising; a full budget film with Fox Studios and Walden Media.

Since then, he has been directing shorts, winning best director for his short Life on the Road. In 2015, he completed his first feature film as both director and producer, The Umbrella, which received international distribution. 



Charis Joy Jackson / Producer

Charis began her film career in 1998 as an extra for independent feature, Beyond Paradise. Ever since she's been pursuing filmmaking. 

She was here when The Initiative Production Company was founded in 2008 and has written, directed and produced several short films.

Charis has also crewed several independent feature films. Relapse and The Land of Eb being among them. Most recently she was the 1st Assistant Director on The Umbrella with The Initiative.

This is her first feature film as a producer.

Josh Harmsworth / Director of Photography

Josh has been involved in film since 2005 working on various film projects.

In 2007 he joined the crew of his first feature film, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising with Fox Studios and Walden Media. During this film, he worked in the camera department.

He has since gone on to work as the Director of Photography on several independent feature films, The Land of Eb, The Umbrella, and most recently Midori in Hawaii.

Altogether Josh has over 12 film credits to his name as Director of Photography. 

Brenden Bell / Writer

Brenden has been involved with film since he joined The Initiative in 2011. He took our film course and then joined the internship which ran alongside our first feature, The Umbrella

He has been our resident writer ever since, creating several short films in the process. Over the last four years he's taught screen writing on our film course.

Brenden has crewed in several other areas as well. During The Umbrella he was our Script Supervisor, and most recently he produced our newest short film, Skipping Stones.

This is his first feature film as writer.

Jonathan Proby / Post Production Supervisor

Jonathan has been involved in some aspect of film since 2002. In 2008 he was part of the founding team, bringing The Initiative Production Company into existence. 

He has been involved in several areas of film, but most recently was the Sound Mixer and Post Production Supervisor for The Umbrella

He also worked as Sound Mixer on independent feature, Midori in Hawaii.

This will be his second feature as Post Production Supervisor.