Author Jessica A. Haynes

Author Jessica A. Haynes

Jeanie Wells

by Jessica A. Haynes

Storytelling is an art form. People gifted at being storytellers have a talent to take a subject and transform it into an entertaining and memorable experience. A good storyteller is so riveting that an audience is forever changed by the journey.

Here on the Monterey Peninsula we have such a talent, Jeanie Wells. With a strong Hollywood background as Vice President of Technology for Castle Rock Entertainment during the 80’s and 90’s, Wells worked to help Hollywood move from film to digital processing. She created some of the first movie websites, including Seinfeld.com. She supported film production with technology for producers and actors like Rob Reiner, Hugh Grant and Billy Crystal, to name a few.

She says, “I love telling stories that enrich people’s lives. Visual stories are the most powerful medium to connect a person or audience to a story. I’m passionate about sharing a story that makes a difference.”

After her film and TV career she picked up her own video camera and began editing. “Editing brings me the most joy because it combines my passions of technology, photography and

Jeanie Wells Behind the Camera

Jeanie Wells Behind the Camera

storytelling. She made her mark while working for the California State University system (2002 – 2012), where she produced the series “From Where I Sit.” This collection of stories, told by disabled college students, helps faculty know how to make their courses accessible and ultimately better for everyone. It is used worldwide.

Wells now owns “Storytelling Unlimited”, a digital production company promoting products, people, places and now pets. A long time animal advocate, Wells is now helping local animal rescue centers as a videographer. Wells is making a huge difference for abandoned animals overlooked for adoption because they are too old, handicapped, or medically disabled. These animals are often considered un-adoptable.

Wells is changing this misfortune through her animal videos for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. When no one wanted a dog that had back problems and couldn’t run, Wells created a video highlighting this dog’s many endearing qualities and he was immediately adopted. Another dog, elderly and friendly, but also blind, had trouble finding a home. Wells’ video of him walking through the woods on his own found him a loving “forever home”. To Wells, It doesn’t matter if they are college students or dogs, everyone has a story and you will be forever changed by knowing it.”

Jeanie Wells

Jeanie Wells

Senior dogs are the most difficult to place. Wells is making a huge difference for senior dogs trying to find caring homes. Her videos radiate personality and the rescue group, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, has had a remarkable rise in their adoption rate for these older animals in their care from the videos.

Wells just completed the promotional web video for, “Dance for the Rescues”, an event in Monterey, October 13th, 10 am  – 5 pm at the Custom House Plaza. This will be the 4th Annual “Dance for the Rescues” to help abandoned animals. There will be DJ music, Zumba Dance Lessons, food Prizes, a raffle, vendors, adoptable animals, and more. Wells’ promotional video can be seen at dancefortherescues.org.

Wells notes that there are several steps to produce an excellent film or video. It starts with a good story, good sound and lighting, and her favorite form of telling the story, editing. She further explains that when making a video, “If you don’t have a good story you won’t have a good video.”

The videos for “hard to place” rescue dogs depends on seeing the dog’s personality, behavior, and affection. “You can’t see that in a photo.” People are emotionally drawn into a video over text and photos. Wells has become involved with the ever-changing market place while it transitions from film to video to the digital world on the Internet, You

Jeanie Wells

Jeanie Wells

Tube, Facebook and other technologies involved with social networking. She now enjoys helping people, products and pets get seen in this evolving digital world. She adds, “Video has become one of the best ways to communicate when you are selling or explaining what you want to promote. Her recent work on a product everyone should own can be seen at socketsaver.com.

One of the keys to her success is the marketing experience Wells brings to her work. In addition to saving animals, she has helped launch new products, build business visibility, and consult companies reinventing themselves in a changing economy. “If I’m doing a commercial, it doesn’t need to be more than 15 – 30 seconds to get the story told, the shorter the better. Attention spans are getting shorter every day and the trick is grabbing it before you lose them.”

Wells has a sweet senior dog named Nabi and a 20 year old African Grey parrot named Oliver who loves to say, “I can talk, can you fly?”

You can contact Jeanie Wells at: storytellingunlimited@gmail.com

View her work on her You Tube Channel:

http://goo.gl/WhJw

Jessica A. Haynes is a writer and longtime advocate of animal rights. She has an inspiring website: LifeWithJessica.com