Somnium Cinema, Chicago 2010
‘Exodus to Dimension 11‘, is a sci-fi short dealing with inter-dimensional travel and forbidden love. Another film produced by my company and shot in the snowy expanses of Michigan’s upper peninsula. Once again, I was responsible for Art Direction and Costume Design. This film in particular required extensive special effects and specialty costumes–to this day, one of my most challenging accomplishments.
Somnium Cinema, Chicago 2009
‘It Started With Lights‘ is a cerebral sci-fi film dealing with the bond between two young brothers and the mystery of the stars. Produced by my own company, I was responsible for Art Direction and Costume Design, while my colleague and business partner Curtis Anthony Williams directed. This shoot had some tricky special effects involving an alien meteor falling to the country side.
Jessica Leigh Phillips Films, 2008.
‘Diamond Meadows‘ is a short glam rock musical that pays homage to the films The Wizard of Oz and Velvet Goldmine. Written, produced, and directed by Jessica Phillips with original music by Donald Walker.
Premiered in the Spring 2009 Q Prize Film Festival. Showed at a contemporary art exhibit hosted by The Fused Muse in Fall 2009. Shot on 16mm.
Columbia College Directing III, 2007.
On ‘Love in Chains’, I was the director, Melissa Marlette’s personal assistant. Essentially her right arm, I had a variety of roles from pre-production through post, that included assistant producing, casting, finding crew, and PA work on set.
Columbia College Practicum, 2007.
One of my first experiences working on a large-scale project. I primarily worked as an assistant in the art department, building sets, set dressing, and striking props.
Welcome friendly viewers! Come in, sit a while, put your feet up and take a short break from reality.
This is the world of Jessica Leigh Phillips: Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and artist with a love for all things fantastical, eccentric, or one of a kind.
A few years ago, I packed up my belongings and my fat, orange tabby cat and moved from Chicago (where I went to film school) to New York City in search of opportunities I knew I wouldn’t find in the mid-west. Since then, my life has been a whirl-wind of projects and inspiration; experiences good and bad that have made me stronger and helped me hone my craft.
This blog is dedicated to the various films, television projects and webisodes I have worked on over the past several years in a variety of ways–from art department to writing and directing, development to post production. The films range in style, but share a common ingredient: a hint of the magical.
The world of film has been my dream since I was a kid; come along on my journey, from past films to future projects.