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Jason Kraynek

Chicago, Illinois

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CHICAGO CINEMATOGRAPHER / CAMERA OPERATOR/ DIRECTOR

With over 15+ years of experience in cinematography and production in addition to 10+ years in theater and stage, I have a strong background in collaborating with crews and clients to achieve goals and accomplish projects.

I have extensive experience as a Director, Cinematographer. and Camera Operator on a wide range of projects including narrative films, commercial advertisements, ENG, documentary, industrials, event, music videos, sketch comedy, and crowdfunding projects to name a few. My past freelance backgrounds as an AV Production Foreman for event companies, Creative Director of improv/sketch groups, and Fashion Photographer have all helped in the problem solving needed on set, working with crews, and troubleshooting solutions.

Stunning visual and practical on-set effects are present within the projects I am involved in. The presence of in-camera techniques and colorful vivid images are displayed prominently throughout my work. My style is derived from Korean cinema, viral creative advertising, and independent filmmakers. I love working with a team and collaborating on each project regardless of the scope or budget. I look forward to learning new skills and techniques while building relationships with creative professionals in the industry.

The Owner/Operator packages I offer include 6K RED Epic Dragon and 4K Canon C300m2 digital camera, Cine Primes / Zoom lenses, lighting, grip, gaff, and wireless packages. Inquire for additional gear, rates, and examples!

My attached resume includes further details about my experience, as well as a link to my digital cinematographer portfolio and professional company website. Any questions, examples, or inquiries about my work are welcome. I am happy to provide additional details and references upon request.

I have been in the industry since 1993.

Photo Galleries

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Narrative
25 photos
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Music Video
11 photos
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ENG / Event
16 photos
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Behind the scenes
28 photos

Credits

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 – PI Christmas
August, 2021 — September, 2021
Feature – ION Network
Camera Operator – Holiday Hitman
July, 2021 — August, 2021
Feature – ION Network
Camera Operator – 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
Gaffer – Abbvie Awards
May, 2021 — May, 2021
Online – Merit/Andrew
Director of Photography – Uline
May, 2021 — May, 2021
Corporate – Plum Productions
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
Christine Hefner – Presentation and History
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 — February, 2020
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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