Biography

Jason operating Red OneI am an award-winning independent film director, cinematographer and stills photographer living in Harlingen, Texas. I am employed full-time as the photographer for Texas State Technical College, but I am open to occasional freelance work. If you have an interesting project you’d like to discuss with me for possible collaboration, feel free to contact me. I limit the number of engagements I shoot per year, so if you’d like to hire me, contact me as soon as possible as my schedule fills up quickly. I look forward to hearing from you.

About Me

Jason R. Johnston is an Independent Filmmaker and Freelance Content Producer from Texas. He has won awards for his work as director (Mauris, Files), cinematographer (Mauris, Coming Home, Twisted Date), music composer (Twisted Date), VFX artist (Mullen’s Shadow, Gertie), writer (Morning Star) and producer (Mauris). He has also won two Silver Local ADDY Awards for his editing work; one each on the only two commercials he ever submitted to the AAF-RGV.

In October 2014, Jason began work on director Christian Blake’s sci-fi drama film Ingress as cinematographer, an ambitious independent project that saw production in remote Alaska and Texas locations. Principal photography eventually wrapped January 2015. As of February 2016, post production and visual effects work is nearing completion. Ingress will then target the film festival circuit and possible distribution deals.

Working as a professional stills photographer since 1997 and television advertisement maker since 1999, Jason R. Johnston quickly became an experienced and talented director, writer and editor. Beginning in 2008 with the award winning comedy short film Finding Cochino, Jason has since become a sought-after cinematographer whose work on many award-winning short films, including the 2009 psychological thriller Twisted Date and 2010 sci-fi drama Coming Home, have earned him multiple awards for his work.

The experience gained in short subjects has given Jason the opportunity to work on several independent feature films including Gone Hollywood (2011), starring Fernando Carillo (Spin, Pit Fighter) and Los Scavengers (2011), starring and directed by Valente Rodriguez (George Lopez), and under the supervision and tutelage of Emmy-winning director of photography Mario Ortiz.

In 2012 Jason won awards for the dramatic short film Mauris including Best Cinematographer, Best Director (with Charlie Brenner), Best Drama, Best Actor (for lead Lassiter Holmes) and First Place at WILD’s Spring 2012 Film Contest. At the same competition, the horror short Welcome to Eden won Best Drama and Best Actress (for lead Christina A. Garcia) which he also directed. Later in 2012 he was awarded for his visual effects work on the whimsical family adventure, Gertie.

The 36 hour film race entry Morning Star for which he co-wrote, directed, photographed and composed the score, was awarded the coveted Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Cinesol Film Festival. That year Jason also won an award for his technical work on the horror short Mullen’s Shadow.

Jason is currently writing his first feature film as writer, producer and director.

Selected Recent Filmography

WHY I CHOSE SOUTH TEXAS ISD, 2016

Documentary
Roles: Director, Director of Photography
Camera System: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Canon 6D
Production: Fifty Oars Motion Pictures

INGRESS, 2015

Feature Film
Role: Director of Photography
Camera System: Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Director: Christian Blake
Production: Legit Pictures
Filming Location: Anchorage, Alaska

THE PARTY AT THE END OF THE WORLD, 2011

Feature Film
Role: Director of Photography
Camera System: Canon T2i
Director: Cristina Treviño
Production: Mar Motion Media

WASTED AWAY, 2010

Feature Film
Role: Director of Photography
Camera System: Canon T2i
Director: David Ventura Garcia
Producer: David Rice
Production: Pump House Films

LOS SCAVENGERS, 2010

Feature Film
Role: A-Cam Operator
Camera System: Red One
Director: Valente Rodriguez
DoP: Mario Ortiz
Production: Latino Films

GONE HOLLYWOOD, 2010

Feature Film
Role: A-Cam Operator
Camera System: Panasonic AG-HVX200
Director: Demetrius Navarro
DoP: Mario Ortiz
Production: Latino Films