Vriez Collective is an assortment of artists focused on creating work that impacts people.
A compilation of Jake's best directing and cinematography work to date.
Starting with a pen and paper, Jake Vriezelaar, the founder of Vriez Collective has always dreamed of becoming an artist. When he was little, he would draw and tell stories for the love of escaping reality. At age ten, he picked up his family's camcorder, changing his life forever. Soon, he was creating short films with his siblings and sometimes even action figures (when his brothers and sisters weren't feeling up to star in his next blockbuster). Several years and a couple of pretty terrible homemade movies later, his hobby ultimately led to a passion and the conception of Vriez Studios - later evolving into Vriez Collective.
Vriez Collective's work has been recognized at local, state, and national levels working on projects across the spectrum whether it be narrative short films, TV commercials, or corporate pieces. In 2015, Jake was awarded two Gold Addy Awards in Cinematography and a Judge's Choice award for his film Christ Meets You Where You Are. In addition, Vriez Collective artists were awarded first place at the Business Professionals of America national competition for their film It Affects You.
In September of 2017, Jake Vriezelaar was awarded Best Short Film and Audience Choice Award at the Maumee Film Festival judged by Katie Holmes and Robert Knepper for his film When We Were Together. Additionally, the film was awarded Best Picture at Taylor University's 2018 Envision Film Festival.
Jake is currently studying at Taylor University pursuing a B.A. in Film & Media Production.