JARROD FACTOR is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts: School of Film, and Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne - a director, editor, sound designer and composer. FILM
Jarrod was one of the 10 shortlisted filmmakers for the 2007 Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards. As a filmmaker, his works have screened in major Australian and International film festivals. Aside from writing, directing and editing, his films also feature his work as title designer, sound designer and composer.
Jarrod’s VCA graduating film Insignia (2006) has screened at various international festivals, including Edmonton International (Canada), Interfilm Berlin and Filmstock International (UK). Jarrod's original music from Insignia won him a Gold Medal for Excellence at 2008 Park City Film Festival (USA).
At VCA, Insignia was the recipient of the Cinevex Script Award, as well as nominated for Best Final Year Film, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, and the Cinema Nova award for a Film With The Potential For Commercial Distribution. Jarrod was also awarded Best Overall Final Year Student.
In 2005 Jarrod was a guest at Fresh Film Festival in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) for the screenings of his films Holding On (2004), A Short Portrait of Obsession (2004) and Inversion (2003). MUSIC / SOUND DESIGN
Jarrod has had a significant involvement in music for the greater part of his life, initially as a student of piano with Nehama Patkin, as a top scoring percussionist in his VCE year, and later his interest expanding into the field of original composition, specifically for film, theatre, and installation works.
In 2008 he completed the sound design and original music score for Juliet Porter’s Film Victoria short film Floating. He won Best Sound Design for Lily Coates’ film The Cat and Claudia at St. Kilda Film Festival 2007 and music from his film Lightly Baked was featured on ‘Music for Film’, a compilation CD of Australian film music released in conjunction with the 52nd Sydney International Film Festival. THEATRE / NEW MEDIA
Jarrod has just completed a collaboration with Olivia Crang to create Straight to the ‘Art, an interactive work for Federation Square’s Big Screen in November 2009, as well as video design for the live performance work Fun Run in Melbourne’s City Squareas part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival. With Melbourne based company X:MACHINE he was part of the core collaborative team on Serial Blogger (Next Wave Festival 2008) as video artist for the performance installation, and filmmaker for the online component. He was also the video artist for We Are What We Want, an online performance installation at Loop bar. The company has also just completed a creative development at HotHouse for a new interactive multimedia performance work Court. Other theatre credits include contributions as filmmaker / artist to David Pledger's Not Yet It’s Difficult projects The Meaning of Moorabbin (2008) and Running Man (2008). In 2007 he was audio-visual designer and original music composer for The Adult Youth of Today’s Luxury Item at the MeatMarket. Music originally composed for Luxury Item was also used for the online component of Serial Blogger.
Jarrod's fascination with theatre is in its intimacy and immediacy, and how the audience's engagement and participation, intentional or unintentional, can become part of each unique performance.
In theatre and installation work, Jarrod's use of cinematic effects aims to create and facilitate these connections and interactions with the audience, rather than just simply replicating their more passive film viewing experiences. Jarrod’s works are characterized by a strong sense of cohesion between various artistic components. This can be cross-form, such as the meeting of theatre & film, film & visual art, or music & film, or within the form itself – for example, blurring the boundaries between music & sound design, editing & visual effects, or even stylistically, where the avant-garde meets the mainstream.
One of Jarrod’s ultimate aims is to fuse these various elements into a single entity, where the stitches are seamless, adding to the audience's sense of cerebral and visceral experience.