elena jean

documentary filmmaker and content creator in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

elena jean

documentary filmmaker and content creator in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Hey! I'm El, an award-winning documentary filmmaker — host, shooter, director and editor — photographer, artist and creative entrepreneur based in Tofino, BC, within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. I'm currently available for hire, and able to travel and/or work remotely. For work enquiries email [email protected]

>> my story

I picked up a video camera when I was ten. It wasn't long before I was filming and editing my own news show, spoofs of Steve Irwin's Crocodile Hunter, claymation animated shorts, and other maniacal ideas.

I studied engineering from 2012-2017, during which I also pursued entrepreneurial projects. Then, I pivoted (back) to filmmaking after remembering that I'm actually terrible at math and love going on adventures and making videos. I'm passionate about creativity and curiousity, and about reconnecting with the wild and wellness.

Currently, I'm the co-director and co-producer of a full feature documentary film, "Coextinction" (2022 release), about endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. And, I'm in the earlier stages of a few projects, mostly nature-focused, including “How Not To Die (Trail Running)” and "Cold Water Woman" (both empowering, female-focused outdoor adventure stories) … A Youtube Channel is also in the works! And, I paint on the side.

>> some stuff i've done

I've filmed wildlife conservationists on the front lines around the world. I founded an eco-clothing brand and global conservation community. I'm a Cansbridge Fellow. I founded an edu-tech, marketplace for students. I've built brands and audiences, filmed, edited, written, painted, photographed, made music, ran far, dove deep, explored mountains and oceans, travelled (way) off-grid, danced poorly (but often), surfed (never enough), slept (more recently a lot, thank god), and drank (too much, working on it) coffee/beer.

Reach me at [email protected]

Learn more at www.elenajean.com

  • Education
    • BASc, Queen's University
    • PADI
    • Performance Freediving