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AJ Young

Burbank, California

About Me

"Cinematography is what you do, not who you are." So who am I? I'm the type of person who arrives early. The type of person who follows through, who communicates. A team player. Patience is my personality, and the film industry demands a considerable amount. Above all, I love shooting an image that wows the audience.

Artistically, I focus on realism, mise-en-scene, and most importantly the needs of the plot.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Columbia College, with an emphasis on cinematography. While attending Columbia, I was invited to the 85th Academy Awards to join Team Oscar and present trophies on stage to award winners.

I finished The Film School program at Scottsdale Community College, with my focus on cinematography as well. I have helped found Mesa Community College's resident improv troupe, Scripts on Strike, and was director for one year. I was a manager for over six years with Harkins Theatres in Phoenix, AZ. I handled aspects from projection and film build-up to employee evaluations and money management.

Filmming any aspect of life is what I love; it drives me to bring your idea, your story, to life. Features, shorts, documentaries, and any form of visual communication are what I want to shoot. I always use your time wisely and never aim to waste a minute or a dime.

Thorough planning is my virtue. Perfect collaboration is my goal. A beautiful image is my passion.

I have been in the industry since 2011.

Demo Reel: AJ Young
Added on 1/3/2021
The demo reel for Director of Photography, AJ Young. Selected works include: Noise and Color The Watchman's Canoe Ashburn The Aftermath The Gun Equation Daisy Inklo Dearest Jane Fire Escape Girl #8 A Blossom in the Night A Trip Realized Imaginary Bullets

Credits

Director of Photography – Various Projects

September, 2020 — January, 2021
Other – Genius Produced

Director of Photography – Mandao Returns

March, 2020 — March, 2020
Feature – Dunnit Films

Director of Photography – Like My Mom

December, 2019 — December, 2019
Short Film – Eli Vazquez

Director of Photography – InGYMidated

November, 2019 — November, 2019
Short Film – Eli Vazquez

Director of Photography – Ashburn

October, 2019 — October, 2019
Short Film – James McKinney

Director of Photography – Two Weeks Notice

October, 2019 — October, 2019
Short Film – Marisa Hood

Director of Photography – Furca

September, 2019 — September, 2019
Short Film – Marisa Hood

Director of Photography – Victims

May, 2019 — May, 2019
Short Film – Rachel Daigh

Director of Photography – Oakdale, 1959

May, 2019 — May, 2019
Short Film – Josh Garvin

Director of Photography – A Blossom in the Night

April, 2019 — April, 2019
Short Film – Tayo Amos

Director of Photography – Last Dinosaurs

April, 2019 — April, 2019
Commercial – Rosewood Creative

Director of Photography – Another Cinema Snob Movie

November, 2018 — November, 2018
Feature – Walk Away Entertainment

Director of Photography – Aftermath

May, 2018 — May, 2018
Short Film – LaChelle Hunt

Director of Photography – Mandao of the Dead

January, 2018 — February, 2018
Feature – Scott Dunn & Gina Gomez

Director of Photography – The Struggle is Real - Sizzle

December, 2017 — December, 2017
Other – Lady Digital

Director of Photography – Imaginary Bullets

November, 2017 — November, 2017
Short Film – Third Productions

Director of Photography – Brain Dead Bimbos

October, 2017 — October, 2017
Short Film – Over the Line Productions

Director of Photography – Struck

September, 2017 — September, 2017
Short Film – LaChelle Hunt

Director of Photography – Burn

July, 2017 — July, 2017
Music Video – Leila Milki

Director of Photography – Twittly Pawns

June, 2017 — June, 2017
Short Film – Over the Line Productions

Director of Photography – Noise and Color

May, 2017 — June, 2017
Feature – Cinestone

Director of Photography – Inklo

April, 2017 — April, 2017
Commercial – Inklo

Director of Photography – Falling out of Love

March, 2017 — March, 2017
Short Film – Buzzfeed

Director of Photography – Sex & Candy

December, 2016 — December, 2016
Short Film – Paradise Road Productions

Director of Photography – Jesus, Bro!

November, 2016 — November, 2016
Feature – Walk Away Entertainment

Director of Photography – The Watchman's Canoe

June, 2016 — July, 2016
Feature – Light Dancing Productions

Director of Photography – In the Underside

April, 2016 — April, 2016
Short Film – Two Headed Films

Director of Photography – Killer Deal

March, 2016 — March, 2016
Other – Iman Productions, Better VR

Director of Photography – Cat McCay: P.P.I.E. Pilot

January, 2016 — January, 2016
Television –

Director of Photography – To Emmy

August, 2015 — August, 2015
Short Film – Tayo Amos

Director of Photography – Schlep

June, 2015 — July, 2015
Feature – Chased Productions

Director of Photography – Spin - Pilot

May, 2015 — May, 2015
Television –

Director of Photography – My Flesh, My Blood

April, 2015 — April, 2015
Short Film – Dirt Hill Productions

Director of Photography – Girl #8

January, 2015 — January, 2015
Short Film –

Director of Photography – Swan Song

November, 2014 — November, 2014
Music Video – Julia Klee

Director of Photography – Talk

November, 2014 — November, 2014
Music Video – Julia Klee

Director of Photography – The Gun Equation

June, 2014 — June, 2014
Short Film – Matthew Weinstein

Director of Photography – Reach

April, 2014 — April, 2014
Short Film – Ben Hall

Director of Photography – Fire Escape

February, 2014 — February, 2014
Short Film – Jim Heiner

Director of Photography – Stygian

January, 2014 — January, 2014
Short Film – Josh Garvin

Director of Photography – Daisy

October, 2013 — October, 2013
Short Film – Josh Garvin

Director of Photography – Dearest Jane

August, 2013 — August, 2013
Feature – Forever Safe, LLC

Director of Photography – 4th Meeting

March, 2013 — April, 2013
Feature –

Director of Photography – Camp 139

June, 2011 — July, 2011
Feature – Nuclear Films

Work with AJ Young

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