DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jason Knutzen’s work as Cinematographer on feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and experimental films continues to appear in festivals around the world. In 2012, The Kids Don’t Like It was the UCLA nominee for the prestigious ASC Student Heritage Award, awarded to the top student cinematographers around the world. In 2014, his cinematography for the feature documentary Mudbloods premiered on Netflix. Over the last several years, Jason continues to shoot a wide range of projects, including action-packed feature films Kiss Kiss and Ink & Rain, emotional family drama Love Goes Through Your Stomach and short film Owen, as well as working in documentary features with California’s Forgotten Children and nature documentary Wild Ones.
In between filming projects, Jason also works as a professional colorist by bridging his visual storytelling skills with the creative power of post-production color. With over twenty feature films under his belt as a colorist, and numerous shorts, music videos, web-series, documentaries, his films have premiered at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and more. In 2017, Jason work as colorist on the film Sleight had a worldwide theatrical run, distributed by Blumhouse Pictures. Jason is one of few colorists who also specialize in Virtual Reality post-production. His work in Virtual Reality can be seen on Samsung Gear VR, as the main colorist for Coldplay VR a complete 2 hour Coldplay concert film.
When not behind the camera or in the color suite, Jason shares his experience and knowledge with the next generation of upcoming filmmakers. He teaches and designs innovative cinematography and color correction courses for UCLA, as well as managing curriculum and serving on the faculty of Global Cinematography Institute. Jason has delivered lectures on the collaborative power of cinematography and color correction around the world for the IMAGO World Federation of Cinematographers, IATSE Local 669 Camera Union in Vancouver, and more.