Where are you both from?
Jake: I’m from St. Augustine, Florida.
Meredith: I’m from Miami Beach, Florida. We met in New York where we both lived for over a decade, and now we live in California.
What do you both do for a living?
Jake: I’m the director of photography at Vice. I’ve worked there since we first started making video back in 2005. I’ve edited, directed, produced, shot, and hosted a few videos. My main thing now is shooting the weekly show we do on HBO, as well as overseeing the shooting of all the nightly and weekly episodes I’m not actually holding a camera on. I’ve been to 66 countries and all 50 states over the last 10 years, shooting documentaries with everyone from surfers to evil dictators with Vice.
Meredith: I’m a writer and director.
How did you two first meet?
Meredith: We were both working late nights on early projects at Vice, right before the launch of VBS. We took a shine to one another, had a few late dinners, partied after an Arcade Fire show, got certified to scuba dive, and split for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for a month.
Jake, how did you first get involved with Vice?
Jake: My buddy Moose worked for a fancy jeans company, and I guess they were paying Vice to project a commercial or something on the sides of buildings during cool shows at CMJ. Like I said, this was a long time ago and I didn’t really understand it then, but I was just there to video the videos being shown, maybe as proof that it happened. Anyway, the dudes from Vice were cool, and they found out I had made that Against Me! documentary, We’re Never Going Home, so they were all like, “Work for us.” Then Moose and I filmed a bunch of sweaty shows at Cake Shop for them. I had to buy a second camera just to do it, so I didn’t even make any money, but the shows were kind of legendary. I still think about how good all those bands were every time I go to a shitty show now with a bunch of nerds standing around looking at their shoes.