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Josef has been with the Joy Factory for two summers now, as he studies Business full-time at Thompson Rivers University. He is such a talented cinematographer, and his passion shines through in all of his projects. We wish we could keep him forever, but Josef is busy with a million other things, like backcountry camping, rock climbing, and creating short films and tons of other neat productions with his From The Vale crew.

So hey, take some time to learn a little about our fantastic Josef – all right?

What is your name and position with the Joy Factory Films team?
I am Josef. I’m a cinematographer and editor at Joy Factory Films.

Tell us about your educational and career related background.
I began my video production career in elementary school when I began making “large scale” lego stop motion productions in our basement with my dad’s camcorder. I made silly action movies with my friends while I attended high school at St. Ann’s Academy. Since then, I’ve moved on to university at TRU while growing a startup called ‘From The Vale,’ a video production company for musicians.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I LOVE learning and inventing new techniques and tricks while filming or editing. Joy Factory gives me opportunities each day to improve my creative problem solving skills.

If you were the head of a major TV station for one day, what would you play?
At Joy Factory, we have a folder called “Cool Neil.” It’s a compilation of Neil’s funny expressions during shoots. I’d shuffle those photos on repeat.

Give us some homework. What is one film (or theatrical play) that everyone needs to see?
Everyone should see Back to the Future. Its a film that has everything – drama, comedy, action, etc.

In what ways do you find you are the same as your childhood self?
While some interests have changed, filmmaking and storytelling has always been there in some capacity. It sounds sappy, but its always been there as a motivation to stay productive and to keep growing.

What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be an inventor. I now know that I wanted freedom to create. At Joy Factory, I get to create stories, art, and emotions from nothing. I’m blessed because I feel like I’m truly inventing things everyday.

What are three things still left to do on your bucket list?
#12: Travel through Nepal.
#30: Produce a feature film.
#34: Get married and raise some young’uns.