John Smart, San Diego Show
John graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Film Studies, and completed his first surf film, “Natural Expressions,” a 16mm-film about world champion surfer Joel Tudor.
Because of his diverse filming abilities, Smart was soon hired as a cinematographer by filmmakers Thomas Campbell and Scott Soens to work on the films “Sprout,” “The Present” and “Dear & Yonder”. These experiences led him to work with surf industry clients who include ROXY, Bing Surfboards, Kookbox, Blue Magazine, Japan, & NIXON watches.
In addition to his experiences traveling the globe as a surf filmmaker and cinematographer, Smart has spent the better part of six years working in the Hollywood film industry as a Location scout and manager. He has lent his photographic eye for detail and storytelling to major productions including Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3”, HBO’s “Luck”, and NBC’s “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”
Smart is currently in the final stages of completing his second surf film, ”The Tyler Warren Experiments.” It is a collaboration with filmmaker Mark Jeremias of “One California Day” fame on the life and surfing of Billabong team rider, Tyler Warren.
Please check out John’s site www.jsmartfilms.com for updates as to the release of this film.