Jason R. Johnston

Jason R. Johnston is a published photographer and award-winning independent filmmaker with professional experience in marketing and creative media services since 1997.


CURRENT FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT

Visual Communications Specialist
Communications & Creative Services
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen

March 2014 – present

Duties have included: responsible for creative and accurate photography of events, persons and places; restructuring, updating and maintenance of photographic archives; collaborating with team and project members in a helpful, knowledgeable and friendly manner; digital retouching of photographic elements for marketing material; posting of approved material to social media.

FREELANCE FILM & TELEVISION EXPERIENCE

Contents: Advertisements, Feature Films, Short Films, Film Race Entries, Doc/Web/TV, Music Videos

ADVERTISEMENTS / AD CAMPAIGNS

SIEMPRE NATURAL 2017 — Director: Jerry Medina / Aviso Media Group
Campaign of television spots
OSIRIS LAW FIRM 2017 — Director: Jerry Medina / Aviso Media Group
Campaign of four television spots, plus photography for signage and print
PALM STREET PIER BAR & GRILL 2016 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
DREAM FOR EDCOUCH-ELSA ISD 2016 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
A series of four candidate auto-bio videos, along with photography, logo and graphic design
JAIMEZ FOR HARLINGEN 2016 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
A series of six web-friendly promotional videos, plus photography and website
SOUTH TEXAS ISD “I Choose” 2015 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Fourteen television commercials: 6 for each campus plus a district-wide spot, each in both English and Spanish
SOUTH TEXAS ISD STARS “Now Enrolling” 2015 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
SOUTH TEXAS ISD “STARS Ribbon Cutting” 2015
SOUTH TEXAS ISD “Tony Gonzalez Building Dedication” 2015
SPINETTI PERFECT FEEDING “Perfect Feeding Bottle” 2014 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER 2014 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Consisted of a short highlight video plus three testimonial videos
MIRIAM FOR TEXAS 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Republican candidate for Texas Governor ad campaign. Featured photography, promo video material, graphic and web design
CONE OASIS 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
DONNA REDSKINS “Locker Room” 2013 – Director: Jason Moreno
ISLA GRAND RESORT 2013
Shot b-roll and interviews for promo video. Produced for MoPro
SAND DOLLAR REALTY 2013
Shot b-roll and interviews for promo video. Produced for MoPro
NIU URBAN LIVING “Wow” 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Production of a 30-second and two 15-second spots
SOUTH TEXAS ISD MEDICAL ACADEMY “Now Enrolling” 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
MOMNOVATIONS 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Production of a product highlight video, a short promo video for consumers in both English and Spanish, also a short promo video for physicians in both English and Spanish
SOUTH TEXAS ISD “District Image” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
SOUTH TEXAS ISD BETA “Image – Theatrical” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
CLUB ENCORE “Ladies Night” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Promotional video for a McAllen nightclub
TEXADELPHIA “Big” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
LOPEZ DENTAL “Junior” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
MAJOR HEALTH FOODS “Like When You Were A Child” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
ESSENTIAL MEDICAL BEAUTY TREATMENTS “Essential Medical Weight Loss” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
CROSSFIT ROCKKORE “You’re Family” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Herlinda C. Lopez / Impossible Films, Agency: Daniel Lopez / MHW Productions
HARLINGEN FOOT & ANKLE CENTER 2010 – Director/Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
DAVID GONZALEZ III “Uniquely Qualified” 2010 – Director/Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
SECURITY FIRST CREDIT UNION “Al Beltran” 2009 – Director: Eduardo Cordero, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
THE LIGHT HOUSE “James R. Moder” 2009 – Director/Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
PRONTO INSURANCE “Truck Giveaway” 2009 – Director/Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
OLÉ TELEVISION “Join Me” 2009 (DP studio) – Producers: Sandra Reyes / KVEO NBC
LAMAC “Best Kept Secret” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
Two spots were produced: one in English, the other in Spanish
RGV DORADOS “Dorados Dancers vs Hooters Girls Powderpuff” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / XRIO FOX
FAMILY PRACTICE CENTER “Celia y Athena” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / KNVO Univision
RGV KILLER BEES “Totally Work” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / XRIO FOX
RGV KILLER BEES “Bambi” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / XRIO FOX
RGV KILLER BEES “Español” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / KNVO Univision
RGV KILLER BEES “Lunch Box” 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / XRIO FOX
RGV KILLER BEES “Fleece” 2008 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / XRIO FOX
Using the irreverent ESPN Sports Center spots as a thematic guide I created a series of silly spots for this local minor league hockey team.

NARRATIVE / FEATURE FILMS

PUNTOS CARDINALES 2016 – Director/Producer: Cristina Treviño / Mar Motion Media
INGRESS 2016 – Director: Christian Blake, Producer: Jonathon Tompkins / Legit Pictures
THE PARTY AT THE END OF THE WORLD 2011 – Director/Producer: Cristina Treviño / Mar Motion Media
WASTED AWAY 2010 – Director: David Ventura Garcia, Producer: David Rice / Pump House Films
LOS SCAVENGERS 2010 (2nd Unit DP, A-Cam Op) – Director: Valenté Rodriguez, Producer: Demetrius Navarro / D Street Films
GONE HOLLYWOOD 2010 (2nd Unit DP, A-Cam Op) – Director/Producer:  Demetrius Navarro / D Street Films
FAMILY, TEXAS 2010 – Segment Director: Gabriel Ramirez, Producer: Ali Naqvi / Middle Finger Productions
“Tea Party” segment
THE BATTLE: CINCO DE MAYO 2009 (Stills Photog) – Director: Paul C. Miller, Producer: Greg Anton / Laguna Productions

NARRATIVE / SHORT FILMS

PIPER 2017 — Director: Jackie Magdelano / Dreamaginary Productions, Fifty Oars Motion Pictures
THE ASYLUM 2016 – Director: Israel Ybarra
Spec teaser trailer for proposed feature film
THE GIRLS WE KNOW 2016 (Add’l Photography) – Director: Kahea Kiwaha, Producer: Andrea Wheeler / One&Six Productions
DEATH SLATE 2014 – Director: Charlie Brenner, Producer: Jason R. Johnston / Eight by Two Films
OZ 2014 – Director: Randy Garcia / Hangman Productions, Producer: Jason R. Johnston / Fifty Oars Motion Pictures
MULLEN’S SHADOW 2013 – Director/Producer: Andy Anzaldua. Produced for The ABC’s of Death II
Winner: 2nd Place, Best Horror, Best Technical Achievement at the WILD’s Film Contest
SCARFACE 2012 – Director: Isaac Dominguez / UTPA
For his Directing 2 class, Isaac (who has worked with me on plenty of my projects) asked me to photograph his 10 minute video project. He chose to do a sequence from the 1983 black comedy/crime drama “Scarface”
ASSASSIN’S CREED: DESCEND 2012 – Director: Jordan Prater
THE RESCUE 2011 – Director/Producer: Jason R. Johnston / Impossible Films
PULGA WARS 2011 – Director/Producer: Javier Rene Solis / Luz y Verdad Books & Films
RUINED 2010 – Director/Producer: Gabriel Ramirez / The Actors Studio at Liberty
Produced for a middle school’s reading initiative program encouraging middle school youth to read books. Based on Paula Morris’ novel “Ruined” about a girl who befriends a ghost in post-Katrina New Orleans.
ESTILO ROMANTICO 2010 – Director/Producer: Jason R. Johnston / Impossible Films
THE WIZARD OF OZ 2010 – Director: Mark Rodriguez / UTPA
University Practicum project produced by students. The student director asked me to DP and I shot it completely with the Canon EOS T2i including the effects plates. I also played the floating Oz head.
HAPPY FOURTH WEEK OF DECEMBER! 2009 – Director: Belen De Leon / KNVO Univision
DOUBLE INDEMNITY 2009 – George Garcia / UTPA
From the classic Billy Wilder noir film ‘Double Indemnity’ (written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler) is this student-directed project for a college directing class
THE BENCH 2009 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / Bad Apple
Cinesol Film Festival
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 2009 – Director: Alyssa Salas / UTPA
Produced for my friend Alyssa who asked me to DP her project for a university directing class. The film we produced is a collection of scenes adapted from the 1934 Frank Capra film
FILES 2008 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / Bad Apple
Winner: Best Director at the WILD’s Film Contest
PRODUCTION 2006 (Director) – Director: Jason R. Johnston
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Create Your Own Pilot Contest for FX Network contest entry

NARRATIVE / FILM RACE

IMMOBILE 2015 – Director/Producer: Jason R. Johnston / Fifty Oars
MORNING STAR 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Sara Brenner / Eight by Two Films
Winner: Audience Choice, 1st Runner Up, Best Script (with Charlie Brenner, Isaac Dominguez and Randy Garcia) at the Cinesol Film Festival
PERFECT TIMING 2013 – Director: Christian Blake, Producer: Alfredo Garza, Jr. / Green Leaf Filming Society
GERTIE 2012 – Director: Charlie Brenner, Producer: Herlinda C. Lopez / Eight by Two Films
Winner: Audience Favorite, First Runner-up, Best Special Effects at the Cinesol Film Festival
MAURIS 2012 – Directors: Jason R. Johnston and Charlie Brenner
Winner: Best Film, Best Drama, Best Cinematography, Best Director (with Charlie Brenner) at the WILD’s Film Contest. Winner: First Place at the South Texas Film Alliance “Luck Fest”
HUNGER PAINS 2012 – Directors: Jason R. Johnston and Charlie Brenner
Winner: The Cheesy Award at the Cinesol Film Festival
WELCOME TO EDEN 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Herlinda C. Lopez / Eight by Two Films
Winner: Best Horror Film at the WILD’s Film Contest
COMING HOME 2010 – Director: Jay Suarez, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
Winner: Best Film, Best Cinematography at the Cinesol Film Festival
ECSTASY OF GOLD 2010 – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
Winner: Best Actress (Monica Ruiz) at the Cinesol Film Festival
SEX, TRAFFICKING & LUCHADORES 2009 – Director: Jose Lomas, Producer: Aisa Showery / Captive Films
Winner: Best Film at the Cinesol Film Festival
TWISTED DATE 2009 – Director: Eduardo Cordero, Producer: Ivan Buenrostro / Orange Media
Winner: Best Music, Honorable Mention: Cinematography at the Cinesol Film Festival
FINDING COCHINO 2008 – Director: Eduardo Cordero, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media
Winner: Audience Choice, Best Film at the Cinesol Film Festival
THE END 2007 (Editor) – Director: Gabriel Ramirez, Producer: Erick Treviño / Orange Media

DOCUMENTARY / WEB / TELEVISION

STISD CONNECTIONS 2016 (8 episodes) – Director: Jason R. Johnston, Client: Amanda Odom / STISD
SOUTH TEXAS ISD “BETA’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme” 2016 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
SOUTH TEXAS ISD “Why I Chose South Texas ISD” 2016 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
DIVINIC “Pilot” 2016 – Director/Producer: Andy Anzaldua
ONE DAY IN THE AMERICAN CITY 2016 – Director: Kyle Ruddick / PBS
BE CHOOSY 2015 – Director: Jason R. Johnston / Fifty Oars, Client: Jamie Campbell / VBMEC
RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE ep. 123 “Paradise: Impossible” 2014 (Overnight Cam Op) – Food Network
CUENTOVILLE “Pilot” 2012 – Director: David Rice / PBS
WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR ONE 2012 – Director/Producer: Jason R. Johnston / Impossible Films
A short animated educational video produced with a silly, comedic tone
HEALTHY VALLEY MAKEOVER CHALLENGE 2010 (7 episodes) – Director: Jason R. Johnston / KVEO NBC
OLÉ DECOR TV 2009 (3 episodes) – Producer: Sandra Reyes / KVEO NBC
LA SALUD DEL VALLE 2009 (location photography) – Producer: Zoraly Ramos / KNVO Univision
PURPLE & PINK 2005 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
I was commissioned by Chi-Rho Ministries and Crossroads Baptist Church to produce three machinima short films, plus one promo, in the vein of Red vs. Blue to introduce segments of an advanced Bible study weekend retreat for teenagers called Disciple Now: iGod Weekend.

MUSIC VIDEO

LONE THE POET “MartyrMe” – Director: Jason R. Johnston
THE FAMILY CHURCH “Here Now” 2016 (dancer seq) – Director: Christian Blake
ANGELINA CRUZ “The Creation” 2016 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
BUCK’N CRAZY “Strange Thing” 2014 (horse ranch seq) – Director: Jason Moreno
GRUPO VIDAL “Que Sepan Todos” 2013 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
EX-BOYFRIENDS “The Store” 2013 – Director: Laura Sofia
EX-BOYFRIENDS “Are There Any Punks?” 2013 – Director: Laura Sofia
PINK GLOVE CAMPAIGN “This One’s For The Girls” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
Produced for the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance entry into the Pink Glove Campaign contest
SOU’BRIETY “As Good as It Gets” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
AREA “Abrazame” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
SOU’BRIETY “Southern Linguistic” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
AREA “Mi Pobre Corazon” 2012 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
NINO “I Get It (feat. Lil’ Flip)” 2012 (Lil’ Flip seq) – Director:
REB “Can’t Leave You Alone” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
EJ COLBATH “Church Girl” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
REVEILLE BOYZ “Heavy Baggz” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
SHAWN ELLIOT “Believe” 2011 – Director: Jason R. Johnston
PAOLA SCHAEFFER “El Primer Amor” 2010 – Director: Eduardo Cordero
MARCOS VALDÉS “De La Patada” 2010 (story seq) – Director: Eduardo Cordero
MARCOS VALDÉS “La Huella de Mis Botas” 2010 – Director: Eduardo Cordero
STREET SERTIFIED “Gucci Shades” 2009 – Director: Gabriel Ramirez

SKILLS

Experience with film and digital 35mm stills photography, analog and non-linear editing, hot and cool lighting, gripping, PA, AC, screen direction, screenplay writing, newspaper journalism, broadcast journalism, photojournalism, piano, music composition, percussion, stage acting, screen acting, voice acting, painting, precision driving, action direction, music video Production, independent filmmaking, working with tight budgets, working with people, working with tight deadlines, casting/auditions, event photography, event videography, sound design, sound recording, mixing and editing.

EXPERIENCE – CAMERA

Blackmagic Design: Cinema Camera 2.5K, Production Camera 4K, Ursa, Pocket Cinema Camera; Canon: C100, C300, 5DmkIII, 5DmkII, 6D, 7D, 60D, T2i, XL-1S, XL-2, GL2; GoPro: Hero3, Hero2; Panasonic: DVX200, GH4, GH3, GH2, HDX900, HPX300, HVX200, DVX100; Red Digital Cinema: Red Epic, Red One MX; Sony: a7s, X70, a6000, CineAlta F900, FS100, FS700

EXPERIENCE – SOFTWARE

Adobe: Creative Suite CC, Camera Raw, DNG Converter; Apple: MacOS X, iOS 9, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, Garageband, Photos; Automatic: WordPress; Avid: Media Composer Adrenaline; Celtx: Scriptwriting; Discreet Logic/Autodesk: *Editor 5; Google: Sheets, Docs, Slides, Mail, Drive, Calendar; ImMIX: Video Cube, Video Sphere; Microsoft: Windows, Office; Mozilla: Firefox, Thunderbird; NewTek: Lightwave 3D, Video Toaster 4000

EDUCATION

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School, 1997: high school diploma
Werner Herzog Teaches Filmmaking Masterclass, 2016

MISCELLANEOUS

Harlingen Chamber of Commerce: member, June 2016 – present
Friends of the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers): member, June 2010 – 2011

WORK HISTORY

Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX): Visual Communications Specialist, 2014 – present
Full-time freelance independent content producer: 2010 – 2014
Entravision Communications (Pharr, TX): video editor, 2005 – 2010
Calvary Baptist Church (McAllen, TX): audio/video director, 2003 – 2006
CableTime / Cox / Time Warner Cable Media Sales (McAllen, TX): video editor, 1997 – 2005

EXECUTIVE HISTORY

Fifty Oars Motion Pictures: Founder, CEO, 2012 – present
Eight by Two Films, LLC: Co-Founder, Co-CEO, 2012 – present
Jason R. Johnston Photography: Owner, 2005 – present
Jōb Omnimedia: Co-owner, 2005

Contact Me

Skills

Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion
Apple Compressor
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Premiere CC
Davinci Resolve
Google Apps

Docs, Sheets, Slides, Mail, Drive, Calendar

Microsoft Office
WordPress
Cinematography
Directing
Photography
Editing