Jason Kraynek

Director of Photography | Cinematographer | Director | Colorist | Writer

"I don't think I need to explain my art to you Warren"

Award winning Chicago Filmmaker with professional creative arts experience since 1993.

I started directing improv and sketch comedy groups back in the 90s which developed into stage work and eventually film work. Having a decade long background prior as actor / performer in improv helped my problem solving skills as well as working with people within the film industry.

I started my career behind the camera in the era of VHS/hi-8/vhsC, moving then into the world of dlsr/ENG/EX-1, and then using higher end professional cameras such as RED/Canon. Completely self taught – I strive to become better and more technically creative with everything i do.

Focusing on alternative story based visually driven projects. I specialize in practical onset effects, in camera techniques and colorful vivid images. Styles inspired from Korean cinema, indie filmmakers, viral creative advertising and social media filmmakers.

I currently own a 6K RED Epic Dragon and 4K Canon C300 mark II digital camera package, Canon Cine Primes / Zoom lenses, Easyrig Vario 5 w Serene, full LED lighting package, Bartech Wireless Follow focus system and Teradek video monitoring package.

Projects include

Feature / Short Films • Commercials • Music Videos • Crowdfunding Campaigns • Web Series • Sketch Comedy • Advertising • Promotional • Alternative Content

Film awards/nominations

Best Directing •  Most Original • Best Acting • Best Comedy • Contest Winner • Staff Pick • Viewers Choice • Editor’s Pick • Best Entertainment • Best Show •Top Finalist