Josh wears a lot of hats, but mainly he’s a director and DP working mostly on music videos and commercials. He first picked up a camera 22 years ago when he began filming skateboarding with his friends in San Jose, Ca. Soon after Josh began making DVDs of these skate videos, he would edit and sell them on consignment at local skateboard shops. His love for creating videos grew and he knew this is what he wanted to do for a living. After high school Josh went on to community college taking GE and film classes while continuing to make skate videos as well as working a part time job. After building up enough credits he transferred to Cal State Northridge where he continued his education. Josh ended up majoring in Television Production rather that Film. While there he interned at TMZ as an assistant editor, you could see Josh in the background of the newsroom on the TV show three days a week. Josh was also playing for the Cal State Northridge ice hockey team which took up a lot of his time, so I ended up going to CSUN for 3 years before he graduated.
After graduating Josh moved down to San Diego and would sometimes get production assistant gigs in LA on music videos and commercials. Mainly he was just making ends meet working at a company that did dinner cruises out on the San Diego Bay. He saw how difficult it would be to work his way up the ranks from a PA so Josh began shooting music videos on his own in San Diego. He named the production company Hatch 86 Films which comes from his start in skateboarding where his crew was called Hatch 86. A couple years later he would move back home to the Bay Area where he continued to shoot music videos and pay the bills with a few restaurant jobs.
Josh began to make a little bit of a name for himself in the Bay, to the point where he only needed one restaurant job. His work continued to improve, and his clients began to become more well-known artists. He started getting so many booking requests that he couldn’t accept all of them due to the restaurant job. That’s when Josh knew it was time to take the leap and try shooting full time. He was now working back and forth from the Bay Area to LA as well as other states and countries he was flown out to. He continued to improve his skills while finding other like-minded creatives to work with on each other’s projects. After a few years of continuing this grind Josh ended up getting clients like E-40, Lil Jon, Too Short, Jackboy, the Men’s Wearhouse, and the Hockey Sauce Kit, to name a few. He’s had music videos he directed trending as high as number 2 on the YouTube as well as several videos on BET.
His plans for the future of Hatch 86 Films is to continue growing the company, working with more main stream artists and working with more companies on commercial shoots. He also plans to open a studio under Hatch 86 Films soon. This journey has definitely been an adventure and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Josh.
April 23, 1986
Director and DP