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May 13, 2012

Taking his best shots

Teen busy making videos, graphics

— Jake Dillard is not what some would call a typical teen. Instead, his parents Lori and Keith Dillard say he’s a “talented young man with a steadfast faith that he now shares with others.”

Jake, 18, is a senior at Muskogee High School who has a passion for creating videos and taking photos that began when in his early teen years.

His passion has already led to some freelance work, and Jake plans to expand his business after graduation.

“I’d like to make a movie someday, or maybe a really good documentary,” Jake said. “Because I don’t know about Hollywood.”

Jake said making documentaries would suit him just fine — traveling, meeting new people — ”something that really moves people and inspires them.”

Jake has already been creating work to inspire — several videos with friends at MHS that promote the school’s touchstone ROAD — Respect, Opportunity, Achievement and Determination.

But these videos aren’t documentaries — they’re music videos. Rap to be exact.

“The basis of the rap is pretty much work hard, use the ROAD and you’ll go far,” Jake said.

“Senior Status” is Jake’s last video in high school. He and his friends wanted to make it special, he said.

So Jake, Victor Williams and Ezra Jernigan got together and planned their penultimate rap video and recently released it on YouTube.

Victor and Ezra wrote the upbeat rap and perform it in the video.

Jake did all the work behind the camera. The video can be seen at www.jakedillard.com — the website Jake created at age 15.

The video features Williams, a football player, wearing his jersey, and Jernigan rapping on the field at Indian Bowl.

It also features many Rougher athletes in soccer, wrestling and more.

The group first filmed using a generator and lights at a derelict house, but decided it didn’t represent the school, Jake said.

“We wanted some school sports in it, so we went to Indian Bowl, a soccer game, the weight room and pieced it together over time,” Jake said.

There’s a little dancing in the video too — though nothing too serious.

“They were just messing around, so I threw them in there,” Jake said, grinning. “They didn’t know that.”

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