Life of Jess

5x 8 min series


Director: Laura Clelland
Producers: Laura Clelland, Elle Croxford, Jessica Holsman, Sandra Makaresz
DOP: Brendan Shambrook
Colourist: Angela Cerasi

This short YouTube series was directed by Laura Clelland and colour graded by Angela Cerasi.  The series was colour graded as part of Angela’s 2018 free colour grading initiative to support emerging female directors and DOPs.  Director/ producer Laura Clelland was Brisbane-based, like Angela, and had recently been selected as one of Screen Producers Australia’s “One’s to Watch.”  Angela loved meeting and working with Laura, producer Sandra Makaresz and DOP Brendan Shambrook during their in-person colour grading sessions.

Laura Clelland has been freelancing in film production for over 20 years and also runs Queensland’s crew booking agency Essential Crew.  Angela Cerasi also colour graded Laura’s excellent comedy/ drama short film Long Black, in 2022.

In Life of Jess, successful YouTuber, Jess Holsman, gives advice on study, success and life. Was her own life always this together? Return to Jess’s high school days to see how she survived high school and developed her positive approach to life.  Charming and hope filled, with a splash of drama, it’s a feel good series that explores the everyday trials that shaped Jess into the person she is today.

Life of Jess was funded with the support of Screen Australia & Google.  The short series won BEST DRAMEDY at the Asia Web Awards, BEST KIDS SERIES at Sydney Web Fest, AWARD of EXCELLENCE Indie Fest Film Awards, BEST WEB SERIES PROMO at the New Media Film Festival and was awarded BEST WOMAN FILMMAKER at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival – an amazing run!

To see another short YouTube series colour graded by Angela Cerasi, check out the trailer and stills for Saksham Magic: Unknown Filter, featuring YouTube star/ magician Saksham Sharma, here.