Meet the Crew Series (Heidi)

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Jpixx! In this series, you will get a chance to get to know the cool peeps behind the scenes who make all the video, photography and film magic happen.

Jpixx is becoming well-known around the area and continues to grow. Our wonderful clients get a chance to work and know us on a personal level but we want the world to meet our fabulous fam. It all starts here on the Jpixx blog. So, follow the series as we will be posting an introduction to each crew member. First up…

HEIDI CHAPPELL

Birthday: June 22nd

Sign: Cancer

Role: Executive Producer

This Producer extraordinaire boasts over 25 years of experience in the production industry. You might catch her on set kickin’ arse and takin’ names lol making sure the client is happy and the crew is well taken care of, but mostly she’s in the office flexing her planning, organizing and locking in potential clients skills. Heidi  is basically the team mom and guides us on the path to success, with snacks and juice boxes if need be.

What is your title and why did you want to work with Jpixx?  

I am the Executive Producer with Jpixx. I wanted to work with Jpixx based on their visual style and creative story telling.  I’m drawn to real people imagery, and stories that are told in believable ways.  Jon’s work both in camera and with edit, tells not just the stories but I believe captures the emotions within them, at times in the most minute and unspoken moments.  Jon also brings a production value that I believe is superior to the market.

What are the key roles of your job?

I work with Jon and the client from the initial development of a job to help direct the scope and best possible approach to executing a project. From this I create a production budget and client estimate, and together with Glenn, we work to prep and scheduling it’s execution. I also work on new business initiatives and RFP proposal writing.

How long have you been with the company?

Just over 2 years.

Tell me about you career path prior to joining the Jpixx team? 

I have worked in broadcast and video production for over 25 years, beginning in film ADR in Munich, Germany, and then building a career in Advertising working for full service advertising agencies producing local regional and national broadcast and integrated media campaigns for clients from fortune 500 companies to non profits.  Much of my work was spent on the west coast, working for companies like DDB, Publicist, for clients such as Nordstrom, McDonald’s, Seattle Super Sonics, T-Mobile, Columbia Crest Wineries, among other philanthropic national campaigns for various issues and advocacy initiatives.

What is the best part of your job? 

The people. It’s always been my greatest joy to work collaboratively with so many talented artists sharing  the goal of effectively creating a meaningful communication.

What’s been your favorite project to work on? 

A Martin Luther King Jr. awareness PSA that I worked on years back, where I worked with an “A” list director on a shoe string budget to re create the Rosa Parks moment on a real 1955 bus from Montgomery AL, where we shot and process the same reverse silver film used in the news reels from that era. My favorite part was then deconstructing this process and lifting the veil from the suspended disbelief of film making and give a workshop to a middle school class of behind the scenes and how it was made.

What do you like to do on your free time?

Personal Uber driver for my three children, farm hand for the many critters, personal chef, house maid, counselor and tutor.  I’ve got to love it.  

Greatest joy is to see my children thrive in their exploration of life, I love to go about life without too much planning and perfection, and let life unfold in surprising ways, teaching my children to find the beauty and opportunity in this.

What kind of music do you like?

Oh that’s difficult.  I’ll be dating myself. I’m a steadfast Ska lover, then sticking to my roots of being raised in England, I have to say the British punk of the late 70’s and 80’s. 

Favorite all time band… The Jam, but David Bowie, the Cure and the Waterboys get close. But then I can lose myself in Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Etta James. My first love was Elvis though. Whats on my radio today?  NPR.

What is your favorite film? 

I always used to say Elephant Man.  It still is such a brutal human story that crushes me. But there are just so many great films out there now, really each with favorite parts. I’m a sucker for stories, I get lost in them, from Disney to Pixar, to documentaries to musicals. Any Fred Astaire movie. I’m not a fan of horror. I personally don’t like bodily dismemberment and have no need to fill my brain with it. 

What is your favorite Jpixx film and why?

WILLPower – it’s simplicity with depth, well told.

What motto do you live by?

My dad taught me “Work hard play hard”, my mother taught me “Moderation”. I’d like to think I channel those both through a life of balance and kindness.

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