Korte film, Lange speelfilm, Videokunst / Experimenteel
Jan P. Smith
keywords:cinematographer, unit still photographer, film director
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.
Back in the early '90s when videoclips for musicians had their peak his interest grew to eventually make steps into combining visionary images with music. Cinematography and photography apart, this led him to direct multiple short films. Currently he likes to experiment with ideas to shift the world of traditional movie making into a music driven experience and vice versa, not limited by using live performances and/or a technical driven light show.
"A Unit Stills 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."
Ms. Sippi (48HFP): Director Fammilieportreten (48HFP): Unit Stills Photographer Raging Warrior (48 HFP): Unit Stills Photographer Raging Blood (48 HFP): Unit Stills 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 Use of Prop (Nominee) (Ms. Sippi) (48 HFP Rotterdam 2019) Best Actress (Nominee) (Ms. Sippi) (48 HFP Rotterdam 2019) Best Acting Ensemble (Winner) (Raging Blood) (48 HFP Eindhoven 2018) Best Use of Line (Nominee) (Silence over Da Nang) (48HFP 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.
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)
The majority of all projects are shot with both digital and analog Canon camera's. Analog stills are preferably shot on Kodak Portra, Kodak Vision3 or Eastman Double XX in Cinestill format.