About Russ

 

RUSS DE JONG DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Steadicam Operator, Crane Operator, Drone Pilot

SOC, SOA, IATSE 667

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Russ De Jong has been working steadily in the television and film industry for over 15 years and has climbed to an acclaimed spot in Canada and the international film industry.

Starting from a background in competitive team sports, stunts and extreme sports Russ had great success and from his love for athleticism grew his passion for film. Russ started making videos for various sporting events, which lead to a job as a cameraman for live sporting events and eventually various news stations such as CTV, Global and The Weather Network. After graduating from Mohawk College for Television Broadcasting Russ worked for a production company shooting and editing two nationally aired televisions shows that delivered a new show every week. This high pace demand, paired with live television taught Russ the skills for quality work under tight deadlines and extreme pressure.

In his spare time Russ opened his first successful business at the age of 16 with worldwide distribution and large companies such as Solomon & Adidas. His knowledge of construction lead him to complete a childhood dream of purchasing land and building his own house from scratch, at the ripe old age of 19. As his success in the business side and film grew he funneled resources into equipment and specialized training to really increase his hold in the film industry. After a long run in the television industry as a cameraman, technical director /switcher and editor Russ decided to step away from television and focus solely on the film industry and his DOP work. Countless commercials and movies later Russ had found his place and decided to further invest down that road. He added steadicam Operator to his list of skills after looking to fulfill his extreme sports side and was up and running with 70lbs strapped to his body like it was natural. After completing his steadicam certification and being trained by Garret Brown *The inventor of the steadicam Russ had found a new passion within the film industry.

15 years later Russ has thousands of on-screen credits, grown his equipment list to well over 1 Million Dollars and counting, and worked on large sets with A-list actors and budgets north of 50-Million! In 2015 Russ was apart of over 100 projects, and spent over 300 days of the year on set!

In 2016 together with his partner Cat Hostick, Russ started North Film Co. to further pursue his love for creating motion pictures and further expand on his passion.

 

DOP Russ  and Director Cat Hostick are watching a scene play out  Russ De Jong on monitor  Russ De Jong on steadicam