TRAVESTEE FILMS is an innovative Los Angeles production company focused on creating high-quality video content for the web, TV and theaters. We believe that film is one of the most powerful ways to tell a story. Our mission is to help our clients effectively tell their stories through captivating videos and sound, attractive motion graphics and top-notch post-production editing. Our previous projects include films, commercials, and music videos.
MEET FOUNDER: JASON BAUSTIN
It is widely acknowledged that Disneyland is “the happiest place on earth,” but for filmmaker Jason Baustin, happiness can be found inside a movie theater. Childhood trips to the historic Fox Theatre in his hometown of Atlanta, GA inspired Jason’s lifelong love for the art of filmmaking.
To Disney’s credit, one of his fondest childhood memories involves feeling a jolt of terror during a screening of “Beauty and the Beast” as the Beast fought the wolves to protect Beauty. At the end, he left the theater happy that he got to experience the wide-range of emotions that comes from watching a truly captivating movie. It was then that he learned the true purpose of film: to entertain.
As a child, Jason’s father was keen on chronicling his life on video. Everything from birthdays to vacations were recorded on his father’s home movie camera.
Sometimes if he was lucky, his father would let him get behind the camera and shoot some footage by himself. Jason enjoyed watching the stories of his life unfold on film, but it wasn’t until college that he considered creating his own stories to tell.
During Jason’s sophomore year as an undeclared major at American University, he flipped through a book that cataloged information about the university’s various departments. After years of exploring options, none of which he was passionate about, Jason finally came across a major that piqued his interest. He decided to become a Film and Media Arts Major, a path he did not know was possible to explore in college until that point. For the first time in his educational journey, he had found his passion.
Jason’s passion for film eventually led him to Prague with American University’s Film and TV University (FAMU) International Film Program. He welcomed the opportunity to work and collaborate with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and learned how people with diverse experiences can work together to tell a universal story.
As a filmmaker, Jason enjoys creating dramatic films that depict stories of personal conflict and turmoil. Through his films, he demonstrates that it is possible to learn and grow from negative experiences, because they make us who we are. While he still believes that the purpose of filmmaking is to entertain, he doesn’t believe movies should lack meaning and depth. Films should showcase important lessons that everyone can learn from, and narrative storytelling has the ability to teach us how to live.
Jason has produced, directed and edited numerous films, commercials and music videos throughout his 8 years in the entertainment business. And he worked at Discovery Channel as a Digital Media Producer/Editor for 5 years prior to starting Travestee Films in 2013.
At the 2012 World Music and Independent Film Festival, Jason won Best Short Film Director for his movie “On Top.” A perfectionist by nature, Jason is working on accepting that “Great” is just as good as “Perfect.”