Jillian Martin grew up with one foot in Michigan and the other in Florida. She considers her childhood to be a bit of a “mixed pallet”, which she is thankful for now as a director.
Originally on the path to become an art teacher she completely changed course the moment she walked onto a film set for the first time. In the dark at first on this new and exciting career path she worked her way through almost all of the rolls you can have in film, working as an Art Director and Editor to support herself through college and then ultimately falling in love with Directing and Cinematography.
Upon graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her dream. After years of working and collaborating with top directors in the commercial industry, she built upon the wonderful relationships she had established with agencies and clients with her enthusiasm and collaborative nature. Bringing passion to every project she directs, always striving to make her sets feel easy and free-flowing.
Jillian’s directing style when it comes to talent is to be up close and personal. She always creates a relationship with the talent so an effortlessness and ease comes off on screen. She believes in owning her shots and as a result, often prefers to operate the camera herself when she can. She’s not afraid to repel from a rock climbing wall carrying a camera, to be submerged underwater in the middle of the ocean with equipment, or to skate behind talent to get the right shot.
When she’s not filming she’s climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, scuba diving in Costa Rica, jumping out of planes, or fixing up her project van. She also has 2 dogs, who she adores!
Jillian just finished shooting and is currently in post on a pilot for a young wanderlust travel television show that is to be shot around the world.
Her clients include brands such as: Samsung, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Honda, Jeep, HP, Sunglass Hut, Degree Women, Vans, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, Lucy Activewear, Onanong Swimwear, Schwinn, Poise, Creasers Palace, Nectar Sunglasses, Bonefish Grill, Instant, as well as music videos for artists such as The Americans, BellaKilla, J+F and Vōx.BACK TO REEL+ Personal site: www.JillianMartin.com