Get To Know 900lbs: Jason Brandt

Name: Jason Brandt


What do you do at 900lbs?

I come up with ideas – help lead the initial creative push to land new work. I also produce, direct and edit our traditional video work.


What do you do for fun?

I try to stay active and play sports like soccer and racquetball. I’m a huge sports fan – live and die with Alabama and every Dallas team. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and camping. I am already planning two mountain summits for this year. Music is also a big part of my life, and I’m really making it a priority to go to more concerts as I can.


If you didn’t grow up in Dallas, where?

Grew up in Coppell, TX – which is basically Dallas, but isn’t at the same time.


Favorite Music?

Radiohead, Alt-j, The Griswolds, Night Moves, City and Colour, The Naked and Famous, Chad Valley


Where do you hang out in your free time?

The Skellig, Capitol Pub, Truck Yard, Blind Butcher, Mudsmith, Old Monk, Vickery Park, HG Supply, Idle Rich, Blackfriar, Quarter Bar.  I try to mix it up some, but I basically stay South of Mockingbird, North of Woodall, East of the Tollway and West of Greenville.


If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? What would you do? Why?

I would look at going to the Himalayas. Nepal, China, India. I love the mountains, and I love very different cultures and experiences. I feel like I would get both of those there. I have a strange fascination with Mt. Everest and expedition climbing in general, so I would love to go experience that.


Favorite 900lbs project so far?

Our work with The Boy Scouts of America has probably been my favorite so far. It’s not our highest paying gig, or our most glamorous – but it’s some of our best work. We were given a problem by the BSA, we came up with some really awesome executions to help solve that problem, and those solutions produced some really tangible results. We are helping a great organization do great work for our youth. It doesn’t hurt that its taken us from sleeping in an igloo in near sub-zero temperatures to snorkeling with fish in crystal clear water, but that’s a different story.

In order to create outdoor experiences indoors, we immediately chose virtual reality as a medium to really captivate this young audience. Of course, we wanted this project to be extremely immersive, so we constructed a 3 walled “holodeck” – a room that could mimic the high flying intensity of ziplining, mountain biking, white water rafting, and rock climbing with 360 degree video. Since the birth of the Holodeck, children have enjoyed the thrilling experience in Phoenix, St. Louis, and Nashville.