The Director's Logbook
When I was 10, after watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for the first time, I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker. I wasn't sure what that entailed or how I would get there, but I knew that telling stories with a camera was what I wanted to do with my life.
I told my mum and dad that I wanted to be a director like Steven Spielberg. They laughed and said, "Oh yes! Jay in Hollywood!" Despite their amusement they have supported my passion all my life, every step of the way. I am based in Middlesbrough, although I spent a lot of my childhood in Turkey, going to boarding school in Kent when I was 14, later living in Denmark for 6 months while I trained in a TV studio and somehow ending up back near where I was born, down the road from Stockton-on-Tees.
I have been making video content professionally since 2008. I wrote and directed TV programmes and music videos for a non-profit satellite channel up until June 2015. My short film "You Can Always Do Something" won an award in 2010 and the short "But A Dream" I co-created came runner up in the Port of Tyne Reflect Competition. I graduated from Teesside University with a 1st in Film and TV Production after which I set up my own freelance company, Moussa-Mann Productions through which I have made a lot of promotional videos for charities, companies and musicians.
Filmmaking is what I truly love to do and I put care and creativity into every film I make.