Jeffrey Kent was born an identical twin, inspiring the professional moniker SPLITCELL - an expression of both unity and individuality essential to a life in the arts.
Kent grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing pictures and performing skits were early creative outlets, but the family video camera changed everything. Before streaming services and accessible editing software, there was VHS tape and the tricky business of editing in-camera.
The best days of childhood were spent experimenting with composition and crude special effects. Improvising with little concept of formal structure or process, he made videos at the speed of creativity - trying to emulate the movies and shows that inspired him.
Structure and theory came later when Kent pursued Cinema at San Francisco State University. His studies further enriched his extracurricular filmmaking. Award-winning short films completed outside his coursework earned Kent a position in SFSU’s Advanced Production Pool where he wrote, produced, directed, and edited his 16mm thesis film. He graduated with a B.A. in 2006.
Kent relocated to Los Angeles where he found work as a production assistant at Duke Media. Joining Hudlin Entertainment in 2010, he soon grew into an Associate Producer role, managing all internal creative objectives for the company. His tenure with Hudlin included juggernaut productions like Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and The 88th Academy Awards where he interfaced with the biggest figures in the entertainment industry.
Such prestigious projects allowed Kent to nurture key relationships and further sharpen his entertainment industry acumen. Supporting an ambitious production company responsible for A-list projects fostered the tenacity and resourcefulness necessary to eventually propel Kent to venture on his own.
As a solo operator, Kent developed a keen ability to churn out engaging promotional and social video content for a number of boutique brands and startups. With an eye for engaging entertainment marketing, Kent offers creative services across multiple platforms and collaborating with clients from ideation to final delivery.
Ever prolific, Kent has a number of original narrative projects in various stages of development. The short film, Hearts of Palm, was an award winner and festival favorite in 2017. This was followed up with Tinnitus, a topical story that marked a sharp tonal shift from his previous work. CICADA! - an off-the-wall horror-comedy which Kent both produced and appeared in - premiered to a packed house in Los Angeles in the fall of 2018. The movie was distributed by Wild Eye Releasing, and is now available through Amazon. Kent continues to develop creative projects, both short and long-form.
Currently serving as Supervising Producer with MOTORTREND (A Warner Brothers Discovery Company), Kent applies his creativity, production experience, and leadership skills on a daily basis, delivering hard-working and award-winning promo videos for digital and broadcast. For a lifelong "gear head," the opportunity to blend his filmmaking passions with his automotive passions for the #1 Automotive Network in the word is an absolute dream come true.
Both a licensed Private Pilot and Drone Pilot, in his free time, Kent continues to blend his passions. He is a proud co-creator of the YouTube channel, AIRSPEED & ALTITUDE, along with fellow SoCal-based aviator Daniel Wotring. In addition to documenting his own personal aviation experiences, the channel is dedicated to sharing Wotring's unique flying adventures, highlighting historical aircraft, and elevating positive people and stories in and around the world of aviation.
Despite his many creative and business endeavors, Kent's family always comes first. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée, Krista and their dog "Crenshaw" - and all three of them are excited to expand their little family with Baby Girl due this srping, 2024!