In the Fall of 2007, Jacob Schantz took the first fledgling steps into becoming a Filmmaker by joining the newly opened Art Institute of California, Sacramento.
Schantz joined the Art Institute after a failed attempt to make a film for the Sacramento International Film Festival’s 48hr Competition. Unskilled at the time, Schantz led a rag-tag group into making a film in less than three days. The crew finished principal photography, but fate turned against them, and the group was left without a final cut.
Disgruntled but not discouraged, Schantz vowed to never be placed in that position again.
Since then, he has become a regular in the Sacramento film festival circuit, and taken home several awards for his subsequent work, such as for the Music Video “Scales of Pain”.
Passionate about film since a child, he dedicated himself to the art of screenwriting, and learned how to craft stories with sparse language and realistically drawn characters. Schantz focuses on tightly knit stories about the dark side of human interaction, whether it comes from comedic perspective or a dramatic angle.