J. SMART FILMS... & PHOTOGRAPHY
ABOUT ME
John Smart is a filmmaker and fine-art photographer who resides with his family in Los Angeles, California.

At the early age of 6, inspired by his father, Jim Smart, and his passion for photography, John developed a keen eye for framing beautiful, spur-of-the-moment compositions with his father’s 35mm cameras. This interest developed into a desire to translate these images into a career in filmmaking.

In 2003, Smart graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Film Studies, and completed his first film, “Natural Expressions,” a 16mm introspective documentary about world champion surfer Joel Tudor.

Upon graduation Smart was hired as a cinematographer by surf-filmmaker and artist Thomas Campbell to work on the films “Sprout,” “The Present” and “Dear & Yonder”. These experiences led to further collaborations with surf industry clients including ROXY/Quiksilver, Bing Surfboards, Kookbox, M.Nii, Honey Magazine (Japan), 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 9 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”, NBC’s “Law & Order: Los Angeles”, NBC's "Crisis", and FOX Tv's "BONES."