"...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.

2021 so far has seen Jon write and direct horror short 'Last Orders' starring Steven Elder (The King) and Alastair Parker (The Witcher 3, Dr Who). The film is currently in post-production. In pre-production with Thorny Devil Productions is Jon's next horror short 'Babushka', due to be shot in LA later this year. Jon's Screencraft Semifinalist feature screenplay 'Rangda' is also in development with Thorny Devil.

Between making films, Jon creates content for some of the biggest brands around. This year he has been working with Google.

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 Jon's career. With a lust for hands-on experience Jon worked on over thirty 16mm productions, and 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 addition to making successful short films, Jon was 2nd Unit Director/DoP on UK 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  - in post-production.

Starring Alastair Parker (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 with Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Studio

- Own car with clean license

- British Passport