Joshua Shaffer: Where did you grow up?
Jacob Hotovy: I grew up in the great town of Lincoln, Nebraska. Then for college I moved out here [to] Escondido, California. That’s about it. Nothing too interesting.
JS: How did you develop your passion for film and theatre?
JH: Well my mom owns a theatre group back home called S.T.A.G.E. Student Theatre and Godly Evangelization is the acronym for it. She’s been doing it for a good number of years. I’ve been doing it since I was about 2. I played a sheep. So I was in plays and stuff year round whether I liked it or not. Once I hit high school I was in less plays because of sports. I got way more into sports but then did a play here and there. Anyways theatre and the performing arts was always part of me and was developed very early on. Then film came on the last 2 years of high school because I just loved movies. I loved watching movies. I saw how impactful they were on people and myself. I was like, “Hey, movies is a way I can combine all my talents and stuff into one mix.” So I started getting better with a camera and my mom found JPCatholic. I think there was a friend at school that went there. It was probably an upperclassman so that’s how she got wind of it.
JS: Have you still considered going down a path involving music?
JH: I have a little bit. It’s not as prominent as it was 2 years ago. A lot of people have said I could go places if it was in a band setting. It would be better to work with other musically talented people. To be a single guitarist composer, that’s really hard to do. Even if you are amazing like Cole Rolland or Joe Satriani. So, I love guitar. It’s just a part of me. I like performing for people and playing guitar for the sake of playing guitar. Maybe in the future we will see if something opens up but for now it’s film.
JS: Are you ready to finally be done with college soon?
JH: YES! I’m ready to go. I think it’s good to talk to people who have already graduated to be ready. I feel like at this point the school is holding me back now. The alumni said, “Well that’s how it should be. Close to graduation, it feels like you’re ready to let the reigns loose.” So yes I am ready to graduate.
JS: Are there any interesting projects you have worked on during your last year of school?
JH: Yes. I was on 2 senior projects. One was for Colton Machado and the other was for Shannon DiSalle. Those were 2 completely different projects but I was able to be DP for both. Since it was different styles with different stories, I had to completely switch around my filming techniques. That was a lot of fun. It was a lot of hard work though, especially for Colton. That shot sheet was insane. Those projects were budgeted short films and had L.A. actors. They were probably some of the most favorite projects I’ve been on.
JS: Is there anything else you want the students and faculty to know about you?
JH: They already know I have red hair. I also can’t grow a beard. Sad face. And I guess another thing about me is that I want to build a camp. My lifelong goal is to build a church and a camp to train boys to become men. That’s what I want to do with my life.