THOMAS

by fiu, November 2, 2017
Name : Thomas K Johnson
Email : thomaskyjohnson@gmail.com
Contact No : 4026160005
Address : 7400, Augusta Street, River Forest, IL, United States
Box #499
Portfolio Website : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWL1626tug4_-g2cYo27D2g

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Project / Client Management,Photography,On-Camera Talent,Video Editing,Voice Over,Comedian / Humorist,Musician / Music Producer,Storytelling / Copywriting

Training :

“I first began making videos in 2009 in 5th grade. I was fully self taught, save for the occasional YouTube video tutorial. I continued to make videos for years after but it did not get really serious until my junior year. My High School (Concordia High school in Omaha Nebraska) hosted a yearly talent show. In 2015 My friends and I decided to make several videos for the event. We planned it and I edited them all together for the show. In many ways they were the highlight of the event (In fact, our parody video is the first result when you YouTube search Concordia Lutheran High School). We decided, upon the success of that, to created “Concordia Live”, a knock off of a local show called “Omaha Live”, a knock off of the ever famous, “Saturday Night Live”.

The following year we submitted a video to the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s Field to Fuel contest. It was a huge success and we snatched first place! The Board interviewed me about our initial idea and success. I told them about the talent show and our inspiration from Omaha Live. Several days later I was called out of class by my principal. “What did I do this time?” I asked myself. He took me into his office and took a big sigh. “I got this email from someone from…Omaha Live? Do you know anything about this?”

Needless to say, I was stunned. As it turns out, Omaha Live saw the Enthanol Board’s article and wanted to air our sketch on Local TV and even do a co-op video with us! I was thoroughly excited.

Fast forward to a few months later and the sketch was filmed and done airing on Local Television. It was truly an amazing experience. We were able to include anout 30 kids from the school and each of them loved the oppurtunity to be silly and appear on Television. I would definitely call this a highlight of my high school career.

To answer the other questions, I studied at Concordia Junior Senior High School in Omaha Nebraska and am now enrolled in Concordia University Chicago for Communications with an emphasis in Media. I have loved my music teachers all through education and my high school band director was really a huge advocate for the entire idea of Concordia Live. I owe much of the club’s success to him.

I was the founder and head of Concordia Live for two years as well as student body president for my senior year. I was also involved in just about every musical activity in my high school (save for the athletics).

In high school I also graduated with a 4.01 and recieved The Mustang award for being the person who best represented the school for what it stood for. I am also an Eagle Scout and love everything involved with camping and nature. I recently helped direct a short film with my friend for a 48 hour film festival. We received best costume! We then decided to submit it into the Omaha Film Festival. We have yet to hear what place we recieve, but the festival board put it right at the top spot! I also occasionally volunteer with Sophia Wong and her Asian Popup Film festival when I have an open weekend.

Sorry for the ecclectisiscm of the last paragraph, but I didn’t want to leave any questions largely unanswered. In all, I am really excited to continue on this path towards professional filmigraphy and leadership and I hope this project can help me to achieve those goals! Thanks for reading my short novella.”

Professional Goals :

The end goal is to make movies that really make people feel. There is something so human about the arts that really connects people and I want to tap into that. Of course it’ll be many days down the road, but hopefully Eyes on Your Mission can help me to gain some experience and get a foot in the door. I really love the technical aspects of videography like lighting, gear, stands, tripods, slides, drones, etc. and how those relate to story telling. The one really big thing I hope to pick up on is how professionals work through problems and how the general interworking actually work. I always love to see “how the pros do it” and then follow that in my personal projects. I’m really hoping this could help me to achieve my future goals in the field.

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