Jake didn’t develop an interest in film editing until his senior year at UMass Amherst. Today, he’s known for his excellent work on top TV shows, documentaries, and feature films.
My UMass education means a lot to me. It's actually where I got my start in film. I took classes. I learned how to operate a video camera. I learned basic editing. At the time, my intention with psychology was that I was going to help people. And that psychology was a way to go. My last year at school, I started volunteering at the Union Video Center and that was sort of my first introduction to the video and film. That was kind of it for psychology. Pulling together a cohesive show for Chopped is a lot of work. There's seven cameras, there's five different conversations going on at once. It just took a lot of time watching a whole bunch of footage and finding the kind of connective moments between them to get from one place to the next. I'm most proud of the film Ice Kings, a documentary I worked on. Because of the scope of the story, the complexity of the characters and how the story came together. UMass education to me is what you make of it. There's so many different areas to study. If you're not sure, you can go there and you can figure it out. I had friends that went all out and designed their own major and went to all different classes and really got a lot out of it and went wherever they wanted in life. My name is Jake Diamond, freelance film editor. I stand for good ideas, and I stand for UMass.