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Jan P. Smith

keywords: unit stills photographer, cinematographer

Jan P. Smith has been working in the film and television industry on and off since 2006, mainly as cast member or technical crew. He moved to the United States after being offered a job as host and presenter for NCL. In the following years he gradually made a shift to directing and producing. By the end of 2012, while living in New York, he specialized in photography and still imagery used in combination with cinematography aspects like lighting, grading and art direction.

A unit still photographer, or simply still photographer, is a person who creates film stills, still photographic images specifically intended for use in the marketing and publicity of feature films in the motion picture industry and network television productions. Besides creating photographs for the promotion of a film, the still photographer contributes daily to the filming process by creating set stills.

Using individual frames from film or recorded video material is not practical due to their relatively low quality. Much higher resolution images are therefore used. Typically, the end uses of these still photos include the film’s theatrical release poster, DVD box artwork, the official web site photos, billboards, bus stop adverts, point-of-purchase displays, key art image sets released to the press and media, and other printed and online collateral materials.


Fammilieportreten (48HFP): Unit Still Photographer
Raging Warrior (48 HFP): Unit Still Photographer
Raging Blood (48 HFP): Unit Still Photographer
Silence over Da Nang (48 HFP): Director
Brimstone: Voice Actor
Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank: Actor
Super Wings: Voice Actor
Achter Gesloten Deuren: Actor
Moordvrouwen: Actor
Gooische Vrouwen: Actor
Best Acting Ensemble (48 Hour Film Project Eindhoven 2018)
Best Use of Line (Nominee) (48 Hour Film Project Rotterdam 2018)
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Jan Smith is specialized and has a profound interest in period themed projects like the 30's or 40's, the American West and different war era's to name a few.
The cinematography of Jan Smith is often distinguished by the use of soft highlights in high contrast and dim lit scenes, characteristic for when only color negative film was being used, giving scenes a typical analog approach.
Fujifilm X-T10
Canon EOS 1100D
Canon EOS 6D
Canon FTB QL (Film)
Canon EOS 650 (Film)
Canon AV-1 (Film)
hardware kennis
The majority of all projects are shot with both digital and analog Canon camera's.
Analog stills are preferably shot on Kodak Portra or Kodak Vision3 in Cinestill format.
software kennis
Davinci Resolve
Capture One
Nik Collection