Jason Kraynek

Director of Photography | Cinematographer | Director | Gaffer | Colorist

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

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

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 of Photography / Cinematographer and Camera Operator on a wide range of projects including narrative films, commercial advertisements, ENG, documentary, industrials, event, music video, sketch comedy and crowdfunding projects to name a few. My past freelance backgrounds as a 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.

When given the opportunity I focus on alternative, story-based, visually driven projects. I specialize in practical effects, stark lighting and colorful vivid images. 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.

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