At 18 Johnny could legally drink, vote and own a gun. But a year later he finally got what he craved, a career in advertising. He spent the following 12 years in advertising agencies and repro houses doing finished art and photo retouching. In 2006 his run became a leap when he decided to start his own business, Gleam Studio, with his business partner Lyndon Skibbe.
Johnny’s passion, film, became his main focus. Despite being self-taught he made several films. He was subsequently approached by an Australian TV channel to broadcast his movies, a development which led to exposure in New Zealand as well.
Emboldened by the acclaim of sheep farmers, Johnny now set his sights on getting a short film shown at Cannes as well as making his first feature-length film.
The first of these goals was achieved in 2013 when his film “Mystify” was accepted into Cannes. “Mystify” was also accepted into The South African Grahamstown Film Festival, Short and Sweet Film, and the Schnit Film Festival.
He is currently working on his debut feature film, as well as another short film. The feature is in script development and will go into production in the near future, once the short film has been produced. All his skills – cinematography, directing, editing and motion graphics – are completely self-taught, which makes him appreciate his work immensely.
It’s this appreciation that makes Johnny constantly strive to improve his knowledge of film-making. To make the perfect film he utilises these improved skills in his directing, which he employs on a variety of projects, ranging from behind-the-scenes, corporate videos, adventure filming, short films, events, music videos and television commercials.