Hunter Boydell founded Breaking Jar in 2020 with a clear vision of changing lives for the better through storytelling. As Managing Director, Hunter makes sure that every story we produce has the potential for positive impact, by dealing with real human issues in a way that is honest, compelling, and always points towards hope.
At the University of St Andrews, Hunter contributed to a reinvigoration of the student filmmaking scene from 2017. During this time he wrote and directed several short films, including Sweet Cicely (2020), a 25-minute original film conceived by Hunter and produced by a whole team of students over the course of a year. He has been invited to speak on Directing for university filmmaking workshops, and has led a range of successful initiatives and meaningful causes.
Hunter’s ambitious productions have seen him collaborate with a lot of fellow artists and creators, bringing stories to life together. Below are a few words from some of the people who have worked with Hunter.
‘Hunter has always been a joy to work with, showing extreme commitment to each production and a deep insight in the mechanics of filmmaking. Some of the qualities he displays are: strong leadership, a compassion for all those involved in production, an ability to compromise and incorporate differing points of view, an impressive ability to delegate responsibility as well as performing an adept supervisory role, and most importantly, a deep seated passion for film and its making. Hunter is a person who throws all of his time, effort, mind and interest into a project, which produces both an engaging production process and a strong finished product. He has a commanding, but at the same moment warm presence on and off set that immediately puts one at ease, ensuring he has both conviction and humility. I am truly thankful to know Hunter as a colleague and friend and look forward to the film projects he embarks on in the future.’
— Joshua Mendelson
‘In every creative pursuit which Hunter undertakes his relentless energy, optimism and positivity shines through from the beginning to the very end. On Sweet Cicely, Hunter succeeded in establishing an environment in which creative ideas could flourish, with all voices being heard and ultimately contributing to his overall creative vision for the project. Having developed the story from his own conception, Hunter maintained good control and clarity in how he saw the project panning out, whilst also being open to suggestions. On set Hunter is a joy to work with, the mood was always elevated even if conditions for filming weren’t the best; Hunter always fostered a positive atmosphere for the entire group – his people management skills are excellent and something which comes naturally to him. Anybody who meets Hunter will realise quickly that he’s a wonderful person to spend time around.’
— Ben Markey
‘Sweet Cicely was a fantastic experience from start to finish. It was my first experience working in front of a camera, introducing me to the various differences between stage and screen acting. I was incredibly impressed by everyone’s contributions to the project, and especially by Hunter’s infectious optimism, drive and whole-hearted commitment to it. This helped give me the self-belief necessary to attempt my first orchestral score. Ultimately, what I’m most grateful for is the team’s encouragement and positivity throughout the project, but also for the space Hunter granted me to express myself both musically and through my acting – an investment of trust which hopefully paid off!’
— Timo Marchant
‘Hunter has helped me learn the fundamentals of story-writing, and understanding how to go from devising characters to developing human beings. Always approachable and helpful with questions, Hunter and the course Breaking Jar provides are an amazing start to a future with film-writing.’
‘This was the first time I felt like I had enough accountability to create, and it’s definitely given me some confidence! Thank you Hunter!’
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