"...this is tautly plotted; not a word of dialogue, not a shot or edit is wasted in telling us an actually quite complex story... It's Jon James Smith's attention to detail that really impresses." - MJ Simpson

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Jon James Smith is an award-winning filmmaker based in London.

His focus is mostly in the horror and thriller genre, mixing psychological and supernatural themes, to expose the darker facets of human beings, exploring their minds and choices.

Recently Jon wrote and directed horror short 'Last Orders' with Steven Elder (Netflix's 'The King') and Alastair Parker ('Netflix's The Witcher'). His latest short 'Babushka' is in pre-production with Thorny Devil Productions, due to be shot in LA in 2022, and his Screencraft Semifinalist feature screenplay 'Rangda' is also in development with Thorny Devil.

Studying cinematography in the UK at the prestigious Bournemouth Screen Academy (alumni include, Edgar Wright) under Witold Stok BSC, 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 before focusing on writing and directing.

In between making films, Jon has created content for some of the biggest brands around and works in special effects, recently on Warner Brothers 'Pennyworth' and BBC's 'Killing Eve'. Jon was also second unit director on horror feature 'Fanged Up', starring Steven Berkoff (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Beverly Hills Cop).


'BABUSHKA' (Writer & Director), Short, USA - in pre-production with Thorny Devil Productions.

'LAST ORDERS' (Writer & Director), Short, UK  - completed.

Starring Alastair Parker (Netflix's The Witcher, The Witcher 3, Mass Effect 3), Steven Elder (The King, Rillington Place)

'RANGDA' (Writer & Director), Feature Screenplay - in development with Thorny Devil Productions.

Semifinalist in the Screencraft Screenplay Competition

'FANGED UP'  (2nd Unit Director/DoP), Feature, UK

Starring Steven Berkoff (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Beverly Hills Cop), Dan 'Dapper Laughs' O'Reilly, Ewen Macintosh (The Office).

'SWEET SIXTEEN' (Writer & Director), Commercial, USA

1st Place Winner of the Shriekfest Commercial Competition.

'DO NOT DISTURB' (Writer & Director), Short, USA

Winner of multiple awards.

'SPIRA' (Writer & Director), Short, UK

Nominated for several awards.


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- Sony Fs7 4k Camera, Lenses, Tripod, 7" HD Monitor

- NTG2 Mic, Lapel mic, Boom and stand

- Camera Slider

- LED lighting panels and soft box lighting with stands etc.

- Canon 60D

- iMac & PC with Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Studio

- Own car with clean licence

- British Passport