a.k.a Juan Melendez
Digital Ninja® is the trademark, company, and alter-ego of Jesse Dez. He is a writer, producer, director, and also an editor, photographer, and graphic designer. In his studies, Jesse was exceptional in Art, Art History, and English. Additionally,he has a traditional background in drawing, inking, and painting.
Jesse graduated The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, achieving a degree in Computer Animation. He continued on and earned a degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. After graduation, he traveled extensively in the US and in Europe while working on various TV shows. He would later set out on his own to produce the Award Winning Short Film, Solace (2006) featuring the great acting talents of the late Ed Lauter, Kathy Bates, and Daryl Sabara.
Finding success as a Producer, he joined Title Design powerhouse yU+Co in 2007. The niche studio experience helped propel him further, and into coordinating Special FX for another niche studio- Luma Pictures in 2008. Jesse would later write his first television pilot, Color of the Day (2012). This garnered him some attention. Utilizing the talents of Cinematographer Greg St. Johns (Criminal Minds), he produced a trailer and the project was renamed Santos (2013).
Spring-boarding off of those accomplishments, he is currently in pre-production on his first solo project, Believe (2018)- a 30 minute Science Fiction Pilot/Short Story. And he has also penned what he calls his "Star Wars", the Martial-Arts Action-Drama-edy, Miss Fang's School for Girls (2019), which will be his first Feature Film.
Jesse Dez is a Marine, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner, and also volunteers his time teaching Art at local schools in his community. You can find more information about his past work on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
Oregon Film Festival Winner, Solace (2006)
Boston Film Festival Winner, Solace (2006) Cum Laude, Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale Best Digital Portfolio, Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale High School Class Clown
Darryl Trell at Smoke & Mirrors Creative