In 2014, he worked with his wife Carly Jakins to produce the non-fiction film Ghosts on the Mountain, which won Outstanding Non-Fiction at the 2014 BYU Final Cut Film Festival. The film has also been nominated for a Emmy in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the Regional Emmys, and was also chosen as an award winner for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival. Jakins attended the festival in October to receive a Crystal Heart and attend the festival events.
The same year, he traveled with fellow students Jeffrey Wade, Ricardo Quintana and Shelbi Anderson and faculty Ed Carter, Jeff Sheets and Brent Barson to Chile, where the group spent two weeks gathering information about the reform of higher education in the country in collaboration with students at Universidad Mayor. This project was funded by BYU's Laycock Center. At the 2015 regional Mark of Excellence Awards for the Society of Professional Journalists, the group won the Online In-Depth Reporting Award for their piece "Breaking the class ceiling," and later in the year they were announced as finalists for the national award. The piece was also a gold winner in the 45th Creativity Student Media & Interactive Design Awards.
In 2015, he and Carly received the Audience Favorite Award at BYU's Winter Final Cut Film Festival for their film The Sun is Heavy. The same year, he received a Media Arts TA/Employee Award and an Outstanding Student Award from BYU's Theatre and Media Arts Department. In October that year, he received special recognition for Best Cinematography on That Old Familiar Spirit at the Fall Final Cut Film Festival.
In 2017, Jakins directed a documentar called Modifying Reality. The documentary follows a group of animation students who are trying to complete their senior film in hopes to meet the expectations of the award-winning films from the students who preceded them. The film also explores the BYU Center for Animation and how it has developed talented and marketable students.