Commended in feedback by top-level British Television production companies for “lively, entertaining scripts”, “remarkable characterization and development” and “innovative ideas that leap off the page”, Jacob has been building his writing résumé for seven years ever since his first T.V Drama pitch, Post Mortem, earned an invite to a script feedback meeting at Shepherd’s Bush with the B.B.C.
One film-maker commented “never have I met someone so sensitive, he can write female characters better than most women writers I know”
As a novelist, his work has been critiqued as having “a sheer breadth of imagination”, prompting a recent decision to self publish his first series of Novels.
Jacob was born left-handed into a strict education that did not permit left-handed children. Forced to use his right hand, Jacob developed a life changing speech defect at the age of four that remained until a variety of factors, and friends, helped him overcome his communication difficulties between the ages of twenty one and twenty five.
“As a child I would stammer, stutter, and hesitate. Most people had one defect, I had all three. I knew the words I wanted to say, but couldn’t get them past my mouth. I would search for any clue, any indication in the face and the body language of the people around me to avoid speaking aloud. Years later I discovered behavioral science, and realized the skills they taught were the same social observation skills I developed naturally through childhood. I was a people watcher, an observer of emotion, nuance, the subtle changes in face and eyes to bring about the wealth of non-verbal communication”
Added to work in the criminal justice system, Jacob has spent half his life assisting prosecutors, working with members of the constabulary, and in recent years specializing in work with victims of crime. In his time he has met and dealt with literally thousands of people often under both professional and emotionally charged situations, giving him a greater insight to the human condition. He described one aspect of his work thus:
“It’s part of my job to walk into a room and meet the victims of a crime about to give evidence in the Crown Court. In thirty seconds I have to assess what kind of witness they would make, and read the best way of establishing a dialogue. When you’re afraid, everyone is different: some react to humor, others to an authority figure, some like to be gently guided and some just want a friend, whilst others just want someone to tell them it’s going to be okay. Everyone is scared, no-one wants to be there, and they don’t want to give evidence against those who made them victims at the outset. In almost all cases I can take a terrified, nervous victim of the worst of crimes, make them feel good about themselves, give them confidence and empower them with the drive, determination, and self belief to do what they came to court to do. I love meeting people, talking to them, and helping them”
WHERE DO THE IDEAS COME FROM?
“The ideas come from all over. Sometimes a snatch of a song, a passing remark from someone else’s conversation, sometimes a scent in the air or a soundtrack (I have many) that sparks an emotion”
Jacob’s stories encompass almost every genre: Drama, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, modern fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and Historical (costume) Drama or Comedy.
All work is original, and often a pilot episode for a proposed television series is created with a synopsis, projection and notes for expansion to a full production.