Jon James Smith is a London based filmmaker who's work includes the MULTI-AWARD WINNING short LA based thriller 'DO NOT DISTURB' and the 2016 WINNING Shriekfest Commercial. Recently Jon was 2nd Unit Director on British horror feature 'FANGED UP' starring Steven Berkoff (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Beverly Hills Cop), Dan 'Dapper Laughs' O'Reilly, Ewen Macintosh (The Office).
Studying cinematography in the UK at the prestigious Bournemouth Screen Academy under Witold Stok BSC (alumni include, Edgar Wright) was a great technical and creative base for his career. With a lust for hands-on experience Jon worked on over thirty 16mm productions, his student cinematography work has been screened at festivals around the world, winning various awards. He went on to work in the industry in the camera department and then as a cinematographer for several indie productions.
'SPIRA' Jon's first film, a zero budget British indie horror short, received a wide variety of attention at festivals and online. Its debut screening was at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square London as part of the BRITISH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2013, where it was nominated for BEST SHORT FILM, BEST ACTRESS, and THE BRITISH HORROR AWARD. It also screened at several festivals around the world, and featured on io9.com and the Chilling Tales For Dark Nights YouTube channel and website.
Jon was nominated for BEST DIRECTOR at the British Horror Film Festival for his latest short 'DO NOT DISTURB'. The dark crime thriller shot in LA, has received multiple awards including the prestigious PLATINUM REMI AWARD at WorldFest in Houston.
In 2016 Jon won first place in the Shriekfest Commercial Competition. Currently he shoots and directs brand content alongside the development of his first feature.
- Sony Fs7 4k Camera, Lenses, Tripod, Basic Sound kit
- Camera Slider
- LED lighting panels and soft box lighting with stands etc.
- Canon 60D
- iMac with Adobe Premiere
- Own car with clean licence
- British Passport