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Jason Kraynek

Chicago, Illinois

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CHICAGO CINEMATOGRAPHER / CAMERA OPERATOR/ DIRECTOR

I have over 2 decades of experience in the film industry as a Cinematographer, Camera Operator, and Director on projects including Feature Films, Shorts, Commercials, Documentaries, TV Series, Corporate videos, and Interviews. My freelance background also includes 7 years as AV Production Foreman, 13 years as Creative Director, 8 years as a professional Photographer, and 10 years as a theater performer. My combined experience has helped in the problem-solving needed onset, working with various crews, and troubleshooting solutions to stay on schedule.

My work often focuses on colorful visuals, creative storytelling, and practical on-set effects. My style is derived from the surreal nature of alternative advertising, the drive of independent filmmakers, and the humor of sketch comedy. I love working with a team to collaborate on each project regardless of the scope or budget and look forward to learning new skills and techniques while building relationships with creative professionals in the industry.

Owner/Operator of gear packages including RED / Canon cameras, Cine Primes, wireless audio/video items, and a 1-ton lighting/grip truck. My attached resume has further details about my experience, as well as a link to my CV, website, and full gear list. I'm also happy to provide additional details and references upon request.

Jason Kraynek / JACENKNET

I have been in the industry since 1993.

Photo Galleries

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Narrative
25 photos
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Commercials
13 photos
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Event
1 photos
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Music Video
11 photos
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Industrial
12 photos
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Documentary
26 photos
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Behind the scenes
36 photos

Credits

Director of Photography – Circle of Honor
June, 2022 — June, 2022
Corporate – UPS
Director of Photography – Dark Presence
November, 2021 — May, 2022
Feature – Year of the Phoenix
Camera Operator – Extra Mile
October, 2021 — October, 2021
Live Event – Room Content
Director – Dead Mans Drink
October, 2021 — October, 2021
Short Film – Second Sticks
Director of Photography – Who is going to win the electric car race?
October, 2021 — October, 2021
Online – Financial TImes
Director of Photography – The Christmas Thief
August, 2021 — September, 2021
Feature – ION Network
Camera Operator (A cam) – A Christmas Witness
July, 2021 — August, 2021
Feature – ION Network
Camera Operator (A cam) – Nightmare Student
June, 2021 — July, 2021
Feature – Lifetime Network
Camera Operator – Lauren Underwood
June, 2021 — June, 2021
Online – Yokai Films
Camera Operator – NNCS Graduation
June, 2021 — June, 2021
Live Event – Hardpin Media
Director of Photography – Uline
May, 2021 — May, 2021
Corporate – Plum Productions
Camera Operator (A cam) – Low Places
April, 2021 — May, 2022
Feature – Liminal Vision
Gaffer – Master of Mixes
March, 2021 — March, 2021
Online – Yokai Films
Camera Operator – Nathalie Joachim
February, 2021 — February, 2021
Online – Bitter Jester
Director of Photography – CarnEvil Nights
October, 2020 — October, 2020
Commercial – Zombie Army Productions
Director of Photography – Christine Hefner
October, 2020 — October, 2020
Corporate – Black Oak
Camera Operator – Downers Grove Marching Band
October, 2020 — October, 2020
Music Video – Bitter Jester
Director of Photography – CoinArts
September, 2019 — September, 2019
Live Event – Blockworks
Director of Photography – Fang
August, 2019 — March, 2022
Feature – Fang Film LLC
Director of Photography – SHE 100.3
August, 2019 — September, 2019
Commercial – Plum Productions
Director of Photography – Caranose
July, 2019 — July, 2019
Short Film – Populitcal Production
Director of Photography – RTA
June, 2019 — June, 2019
Commercial – Res Publica
Director of Photography – Big Time Soccer
April, 2019 — April, 2019
Feature – Viollet Productions
Director of Photography – Metrie
March, 2019 — March, 2019
Corporate – Jacobson Rost
Director of Photography – DeVry
March, 2019 — March, 2019
Corporate – Balihoo Productions
Director of Photography – DeVry
February, 2019 — February, 2019
Corporate – Balihoo Productions
Director of Photography – AHLA
January, 2019 — January, 2019
Corporate – Hyatt
Director of Photography – Eaton
December, 2018 — December, 2018
Corporate – Yokai Films
Director of Photography – Seed
October, 2018 — October, 2018
Commercial – Northshore Medical
Director of Photography – County Care Health
September, 2018 — November, 2019
Commercial – Yokai Films
Director of Photography – DJ Marshmello
September, 2018 — September, 2018
Live Event – Victoria's Secret Pink
Director of Photography – Chicago Bulls
September, 2018 — September, 2018
Live Event – NBPA
Director of Photography – Ladies of the House
July, 2018 — July, 2018
Television – Magna Media
Director of Photography – Pitch Day
July, 2018 — July, 2018
Short Film – Red Ink
Director of Photography – Carson - Good Love
June, 2018 — July, 2018
Music Video – Third Beacon
Director of Photography – Fire Together
March, 2018 — May, 2018
Short Film – Oscillations
Director of Photography – The Illusion and the Aftermath
February, 2018 — February, 2018
Live Event – Temporary Distortion
Director of Photography – Steel
January, 2018 — March, 2018
Commercial – Steel Supplements
Director of Photography – Pares Ratliff - I Hate People
December, 2017 — April, 2018
Live Event – Pares Ratliff
Director of Photography – Gancho
October, 2017 — September, 2018
Short Film – Very Cool Videos
Director of Photography – Way the Fuck off Broadway
October, 2017 — January, 2018
Online – Emma Peterson
Director of Photography – Does it make a Sound
October, 2017 — October, 2017
Short Film – Dayuinai
Director of Photography – Match Stories
September, 2017 — October, 2017
Commercial – Match.com
Director of Photography – Queers
September, 2017 — September, 2017
Online – Magna Media
Director of Photography – the Handoff
August, 2017 — September, 2018
Short Film – Very Cool Videos
Director of Photography – Love
August, 2017 — October, 2017
Short Film – Legstone Films
Director of Photography – Ganser - Psy Ops
August, 2017 — August, 2017
Music Video – Ganser
Director of Photography – Tower Town
July, 2017 — September, 2018
Short Film – David Cotrell
Director of Photography – Sons of Vienna
July, 2017 — May, 2018
Television – Opus 76
Director of Photography – Drain Mitt
July, 2017 — July, 2017
Commercial – Drain Mitt
Director of Photography – Coffee Guy
June, 2017 — June, 2017
Short Film – Very Cool Videos
Director of Photography – Neon Black
February, 2017 — April, 2017
Online – Lady Jack Entertainment
Director of Photography – the Golem
January, 2017 — March, 2018
Music Video – Melter
Director of Photography – Owning Optimism
December, 2016 — January, 2017
Commercial – Ohio Lottery
Director of Photography – Hellsgate Haunted House
October, 2016 — September, 2018
Online – Zombie Army Productions
Director of Photography – Hu Friedy
March, 2016 — March, 2016
Commercial – Plum Productions
Director of Photography – the Fool
February, 2016 — March, 2017
Music Video – Transit Studios
Director of Photography – AVMA Life
January, 2016 — March, 2016
Commercial – 88 Brand Partners
Director of Photography – Rutgers Health
January, 2016 — January, 2016
Corporate – Yokai Films
Director of Photography – Hard Rock Hotel
January, 2016 — January, 2016
Commercial – Yokai Films
Director of Photography – Shedd Aquarium
November, 2015 — November, 2015
Corporate – Plum Productions
Director of Photography – Whats Your Flavour
October, 2015 — March, 2016
Music Video – Protovulcan
Director of Photography – Matador
October, 2015 — November, 2015
Commercial – Loctite Glue
Director of Photography – BMO Harris
October, 2015 — October, 2015
Commercial – Yokai Films
Director of Photography – NeoCon
August, 2014 — August, 2021
Live Event – Interior Design

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