D.K. Johnston

D.K. Johnston

Tri-Seven Pictures

Assistant director, crew and director in Los Angeles, California

About D.K.

D.K. Johnston is a full-time Director and Assistant Director for film & television production with over 12 years of experience. Got his start in the small indie film community of Anchorage, Alaska making low/no budget snow machine and snowboard videos before collaborating on his first feature film in 2005-2006. After gaining his BA in Journalism from the Univ. of Alaska Anchorage he pursued an MFA in Film Production in Los Angeles through the New York Film Academy. After graduating in 2009 he worked for various production and post-production houses before returning to Alaska during the development of the state’s film incentive in 2010. There he was a large advocate for production education and crew development throughout Alaska.

In 2011 D.K. formed the non-profit group Alaska Filmmakers to highlight and educate current and up and coming storytellers. He worked as a full-time Assistant Director and Producer for multiple local, national and international commercials, feature projects and short films while also teaching Documentary Film Production at the Univ. of Alaska Anchorage. He was later recognized as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2015.

D.K. is now a DGA/CA Qualified AD and splits his time between Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO with his wife Katie and their two dogs. Recently Tri-Seven Pictures produced it's first feature length film due out in early 2018.


Name: D.K. Johnston

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: Tri-Seven Pictures

Occupation: Assistant Director, Crew, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Line Producer, Theatrical Producer and Production Manager

Credits

  • Army & Coop

    Army & Coop (2017)
    Film (Comedy) Producer Mike "Army" Armstrong is a 20-year veteran professional hockey player, who has been suspended for punching out his coach on live TV. While waiting for the final word on his reinstatement into the league Army finds himself living with college students, after the love of his life leaves him, and having to continue to work at her father's bar to get by. Over the course of one shift at the bar, Mudrocks, Army looses his dog Cooper, is dropped by his Agent, and the love of his life, Jen, gets engaged to his arch nemesis, Dick the bar's untalented folk singer. Throughout the story Army struggles with his own vices with the help of his friend Scott, and a handful of colorful bar patrons, in an attempt to prove to Jen that he is worth a second chance. Mean while his dog Cooper finds himself wandering the community while being pursued by the bar's dishwasher, Murray. Written by Tri-Seven Pictures

  • Ice

    Ice (2017)
    Film (Drama and Sport) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Rivals and best friends, two figure skaters embark on a near decade long journey for Olympic gold.

  • Stadium Anthems

    Stadium Anthems (2017)
    Film (Comedy, Music and Musical) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director An independent record label struggles in the Internet Age.

  • Our Souls at Night

    Our Souls at Night (2017)
    Film (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew In Holt, a small Colorado town, Addie Moore (Jane Fonda) pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters (Robert Redford). Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they'd been neighbors for decades, but had little contact. Their children (Matthias Schoenaerts and Judy Greer) live far away and they are all alone in their big houses. Addie seeks to establish a connection, and make the most of the rest of the time they have. Written by Polly_Kat

  • Walden

    Walden (2017)
    Film (Drama) Transportation department A radical, western re-imagining of Henry David Thoreau's classic, interlacing three stories about the trappings of 21st century life and those who dream dangerously of escape.

  • Tater Tot & Patton

    Tater Tot & Patton (2016)
    Film by Andrew Kightlinger (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A college dropout spends a summer on a South Dakota ranch, unhinging her Uncle's placid alcoholic life.

  • Centura Health

    Centura Health (2016)
    Commercial by Studio C3 Grip

  • Father of Lies

    Father of Lies (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Producer A grizzled Alaskan dad warns his son as they sit around the campfire. The man's eyes are bloodshot and forlorn behind a mask of cigarette smoke and flame. Passing his son a sip of whiskey, he warns that demon taunting is hereditary. The boy listens to his fathers tale from his days as a pastor when he was confronted by darkness. Written by Tri-Seven Pictures

  • Gnaw

    Gnaw (2016)
    Film (Horror) Miscellaneous Crew Jennifer Conrad is a small-town girl starting over in the big city. Fleeing an abusive relationship, all she wants is a chance to begin again. But it is hard to start over when something is eating you while you sleep . . . on painful bite at a time.

  • The Force on Earth: Task of the Apprentice

    The Force on Earth: Task of the Apprentice (2015)
    Film (short) by D.K. Johnston (Sci-Fi) Producer, Director, Actor, Writer In the second installment of The Force on Earth series we launch into a three-part storyline beginning with Task of the Apprentice. Watch as a young Sith Apprentice infiltrates a Jedi training facility in order to upload secure documents to an unknown party. However, she must first face off against the various guards and Jedi Knights that stand in her way. Written by Tri-Seven Pictures

  • Moose

    Moose (2015)
    Film by G. Logan Dellinger (Comedy) Producer In the small town of Gangrene Gulch, Alaska, the new Park Ranger, Zach, arrives at his post just in time to investigate a string of suspicious deaths. He teams up with Mike the veteran ranger and Sam the beautiful and determined young coroner's assistant to solve the murders. The hilarious residents of the rural Alaskan town must turn to the rangers to save them from the half-man half-moose, moosataur. Written by Jamie O'Connor

  • The Pipeline

    The Pipeline (2015)
    Film (short) by Caitlin Kazepis (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A woman, whose father dies, is left a trust fund tied to a mysterious name, unraveling a history of family, affairs, and life in Alaska. Based on true stories surrounding the building of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline.

  • Baby Geniuses and the Space Baby

    Baby Geniuses and the Space Baby (2015)
    Film by Sean McNamara (Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The plot is that a baby Is smarter then a dog in space

  • The Girl I Should've Ended Up With

    The Girl I Should've Ended Up With (2015)
    Film (short) by Matt Jardin (Drama) Actor While performing in his hometown, a stand-up comedian runs into an old flame.

  • 24-Hour Film Royal

    24-Hour Film Royal (2015)
    Film (short) by D.K. Johnston Writer Participants are given 24 hours to completely produce a film - writing, shooting, editing - everything! Films must also incorporate three prompts that are announced at the start of the competition. Prompts may consist of lines, actions, props, themes, etc.

  • The Ruthless Rhymer

    The Ruthless Rhymer (2015)
    Film (Short, Crime, Horror and Mystery) Actor When Grace was a young child, her parents were murdered by the Ruthless Rhymer. She did not understand the purpose of this brutal attack. When she grew up, she became a reporter, in hopes of covering cold cases and bringing experience to sensitive topics like her own. One day, while learning about an 'incidental' homeless death, she notices something that makes her think it's related to her parents' own murder.

  • Come Back Home

    Come Back Home (2014)
    Film (short) by Bradford James Jackson (Drama) Producer, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Actor When Katherine's husband, Bran, is called away for battle, she must care for their daughter, Nora, and tend to their home in his absence, unsure if he will ever return. Set in fourteenth century Scotland, 'Come Back Home' is a story about love and the burden of keeping a family together in the midst of war and uncertainty. Written by Anonymous

  • Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round

    Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round (2014)
    Film (short) by Kevin T. Bennett (Comedy, Drama and Family) Producer, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Writer The short is s dark comedy starring Kevin T. Bennett and Cheyenne Buchanan. Toby, a stranded solider, hitches a ride with a very unusual truck driver named Winston. Toby does not realize the strange cargo Winston is hauling, and what this ride may cost him.

  • Standards of Karen

    Standards of Karen (2014)
    Film (short) by Josh Lowman (Drama) Producer A story of a nurse, Karen, whose illegal medical practice has an unexpected visit from her neighbors, which includes a gun shot victim and a lot of blood.

  • The Force on Earth: Dark Encounter

    The Force on Earth: Dark Encounter (2014)
    Film (short) by D.K. Johnston (Action) Producer, Director, Writer, Editorial department The Force on Earth is a series of fan made short films set in today's world with a Star Wars twist. This film, and those that follow it, we hope will inspire other indie filmmakers to create and submit their own encounters with The Force in their everyday lives. Whether you are a Force user or witnessed someone using The Force we want to see it for ourselves. Written by Tri-Seven Pictures

  • Break in Reality

    Break in Reality (2014)
    Film (short) by D.K. Johnston (Comedy, Drama and Thriller) Editor, Director, Writer Break in Reality is the story of one mans struggle to suppress his anger, and the consequences of bottling those feelings inside to the point of no return.

  • Wildlike

    Wildlike (2014)
    Film by Frank Hall Green (Adventure, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Although Uncle seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship turns and Mackenzie is forced to run. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie only winds up deeper in the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, Bartlett, an unlikely father figure with scars of his own. Together, they cross the wilderness and discover sanctuary in the last frontier. Written by Anonymous

  • Baby Geniuses and the Treasures of Egypt

    Baby Geniuses and the Treasures of Egypt (2014)
    Video by Sean McNamara (Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Big Baby and his father are on the loose again and this time they take the treasures from the world that are associated with elements of the cosmos such as the Statue of Ra (representing the Sun) and other items that will allow them to travel into space. The young Baby Geniuses team is on its way to recapture the criminals and return the objects. Once again these talkative baby agents are filled with knowledge of the universe and are greater than the FBI. Although most adults cannot understand these adorable tots, there are a few that can help the baby squad analyze the information that the kids get to help solve the crimes. Written by Mark Bruno

  • Exes

    Exes (2013)
    Television (Comedy) Producer Former lovers Ben and Angie help each other get through a tough breakup. Meanwhile, Ben's coworker Mike tries to get him to pursue fellow coworker Steph.

  • Story Time

    Story Time (2013)
    Film (short) by Levi A. Taylor (Drama and Mystery) Producer, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In 1991 young Jack Ryder, and his sister Hope, find themselves the audience to their father, Billy Ray's cautionary tales of dwindling freedoms threatened by a New World Order.

  • When Strangers Meet

    When Strangers Meet (2013)
    Film by Charles Kaufman (Drama) Editor Spencer Maxson is a hard-headed agent who never sleeps. His wife, Jade, is a struggling actress that is trying to be a good spouse and raise their child. Beau Maxson is Spencer's younger, estranged brother who deals with his problems through incessant drug use. Charlotte is a green eyed stripper with her head in the clouds. She gets involved and the story begins. Written by Charles Kaufman

  • Interview with a Zombie

    Interview with a Zombie (2013)
    Film (short) by D.K. Johnston (Comedy) Director

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves (2013)
    Film by Kelly Reichardt (Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Josh and Dena, two young environmental activists, are planning a large scale act to force the world to think about what they're doing to the environment. They pull in Harmon, a man with a sketchy past, to help them pull off their big plan. However, unforeseen consequences bring a whole host of guilt, paranoia and other problems, and their ultimate act will change themselves more than the world around them. Written by Anne Campbell

  • Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels

    Baby Geniuses and the Mystery of the Crown Jewels (2013)
    Video by Sean McNamara (Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Sound department When valuable objects begin disappearing throughout Europe, it's up to a band of brilliant babies to travel overseas and catch the thieves before it's too late.

  • Proper Binge

    Proper Binge (2013)
    Film by Dean Q. Mitchell (Comedy and Drama) Actor For Burgess "Buzz" Zwink (Bradford Jackson), wasting life is a way of life. At thirty-two years old, and still living with his parents, Buzz's adult life seems to be nothing more than a continuous haze of debauchery. That is until his carefree recklessness lands his lifelong friend in the hospital after another of his drunken mishaps. Faced with the reality of his choices as he reluctantly forces himself into sobriety, Buzz begins to realize just how much pain he has caused to those around him. With the help of a young Inupiaq boy (D'Artagnon Moonin), and an elderly, life-long alcoholic (Thomas G. Jacobs), Buzz must face his past, present, and possible future in order to take his life back from the bottle, and above all else, seek forgiveness not only from those he has wronged, but from himself. Written by Proper Binge

  • The Frankenstein Theory

    The Frankenstein Theory (2013)
    Film by Andrew Weiner (Horror and Sci-Fi) Art department From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley's ghastly story, "Frankenstein," is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction...a nightmare from which there is no waking. Written by Image Entertainment

  • The Darkness

    The Darkness (2012)
    Film (short) by Levi A. Taylor (Drama and Thriller) Producer 'What do you do when the light that keeps you going reminds you of what you fear the most?' MJ RYDER had the perfect home, husband BILLY RAY RYDER and little baby JACK, life was safe. Experience the thrill ride of emotions when the illusion of her world is blown up by a surprise discovery. What creates a monster, what experiences shape the mind of our future? The Darkness crosses the line and exposes the moments where doubt and fear creep in. Written by Anonymous

  • The Last Thing I Do

    The Last Thing I Do (2012)
    Film (short) by Matt Jardin (Comedy) Editor Two strangers are trapped in a laundry room in the middle of a zombie apocalypse! As they come to terms with what this means for society and their loved ones, they realize that there is only one thing left for them to do.

  • Married to the Army: Alaska

    Married to the Army: Alaska (2012)
    Television (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department Alaska is home to more than 10,000 active-duty soldiers, about 7,500 of whom are currently deployed in Afghanistan. The war in Iraq may be over, but for those families whose loved ones are still gone, life is challenging, especially in the last frontier, an assignment the military considers as demanding as an overseas post. For the women whose husbands serve in the US Army, "deployment" is not just an abstract word heard on the evening news. It's real, it's tough, and it turns their world upside down. Military wives find themselves in a unique sisterhood that only they can understand. Written by OWN

  • Scare

    Scare (2012)
    Film (short) by Matt Jardin (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editorial department MAX wakes up to find himself in the most terrifying situation of his life: a pregnancy scare! As he and his girlfriend ZOE go to take a pregnancy test, their relationship also gets tested as they're forced to reexamine what it means to them. Can the two of them make it out unscathed? Written by Anonymous

  • Zombies and Assholes

    Zombies and Assholes (2011)
    Film (short) by Sean LoGrasso (Comedy and Horror) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Actor

  • Day in Our Bay: Voices & Views from Bristol Bay

    Day in Our Bay: Voices & Views from Bristol Bay (2011)
    Film (short) by Mary Katzke (Documentary, Biography, Family and History) Miscellaneous Crew Bristol Bay Native Corporation invited its shareholders to share their voices, views and values through personal videos that show the people, places and cultural practices most important to them. All footage was shot on one day: October 15, 2011. Written by Anonymous

  • Alaska Filmmakers

    Alaska Filmmakers (2011)
    Film (short) by Tri-Seven Pictures Producer/Director

  • Zoya DeNure

    Zoya DeNure (2011)
    Film (short) by Capable Productions Videographer

  • AK Demolition

    AK Demolition (2011)
    Film (short) by AK Demo Editor

  • Sniper

    Sniper (2011)
    Film by J.R. Foster Assistant Director

  • Mounted in Alaska

    Mounted in Alaska (2011)
    Film by History Channel Production Assistant

  • Play Kids

    Play Kids (2011)
    Film (short) by Sean McNamara Additional Assistant Director

  • Could've Been More

    Could've Been More (2011)
    Film by Matt Jardin Assistant Director/Editor

  • The Last Friday Night

    The Last Friday Night (2011)
    Film (short) by Bryant Mainord Producer/Assistant Editor

  • Day in Our Bay

    Day in Our Bay (2011)
    Film (short) by Affinity Films Video Mentor

  • The Frozen Ground

    The Frozen Ground (2011)
    Film (short) by Scott Walker Locations Assistant

  • Audi - Ahab

    Audi - Ahab (2011)
    Film by Epoch Films Production Assistant

  • The Birthday Bash

    The Birthday Bash (2011)
    Film (short) by AFF Studios & Tri-Seven Pictures/Paul Jones Producer

  • The Director

    The Director (2010)
    Film (short) by Woodruff Laputka (Comedy) Actor A retired filmmaker relives the memories of his past.

  • Saving Dad

    Saving Dad (2010)
    Film (short) by Sky Kelly Grip

  • Sunset Players

    Sunset Players (2010)
    Film (short) by Cory Reeder Grip

  • Tally Wacked

    Tally Wacked (2010)
    Film (short) by Martin Anderson Grip

  • Alaska Wet Dog Race

    Alaska Wet Dog Race (2010)
    Film (short) by John Lang Writer/Director/Editor

  • Ice Angels

    Ice Angels (2010)
    Video by Michael K. Bergstrom Producer

  • Only You

    Only You (2010)
    Film (short) by Ken Cheng Colorist

  • Zombies & Assholes

    Zombies & Assholes (2010)
    Video by Sean LaGrasso 2nd 2nd Assistant Director

  • Hott Damned

    Hott Damned (2010)
    Film (short) by Ryan Isreal Assistand Director

  • Untitled Arctic Project

    Untitled Arctic Project (2010)
    Film (short) by Andrew Weiner Art/Transportation

  • Beyond

    Beyond (2010)
    Film by Josef Rusnak Grip

  • The World of Cory and Sid

    The World of Cory and Sid (2009)
    Commercial by Caryn K. Hayes Editor/Gaffer

  • Manga Minutes

    Manga Minutes (2009)
    Commercial by Bang Zoom Entertainment Writer

  • Princess Lover

    Princess Lover (2009)
    Commercial by Bang Zoom Entertainment Editor

  • Koihime Musou

    Koihime Musou (2009)
    Commercial by Bang Zoom Entertainment Editor

  • Hetalia - Axis Powers

    Hetalia - Axis Powers (2009)
    Commercial by Bang Zoom Entertainment Editor

  • Gordon Complex

    Gordon Complex (2009)
    Commercial by Nick Rose Grip

  • Cause for Divorce

    Cause for Divorce (2009)
    Film (short) by Tri-Seven Pictures Writer/Director/Editor

  • Turtle Heat

    Turtle Heat (2009)
    Film (short) by Zach Shierloh Sound Mixer

  • Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers (Behind the Scenes)

    Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers (Behind the Scenes) (2009)
    Film (short) by Bang Zoom Entertainment Editor

  • Desire Street

    Desire Street (2009)
    Film (short) by Roberto Fernandez & Xu Xiao Xi Grip

  • Shytown Music Video

    Shytown Music Video (2009)
    Film (short) by Yigit Ilke Yucesan Grip

  • The Cypherian: BTS

    The Cypherian: BTS (2009)
    Commercial by Tri-Seven Pictures Director/Editor

  • Happy Trail Kennels

    Happy Trail Kennels (2009)
    Commercial by John Lang Videographer

  • Way Up North - BTS

    Way Up North - BTS (2009)
    Internet by Levi Taylor Videographer

  • Rant on America

    Rant on America (2008)
    Television by Tri-Seven Pictures Director.Editor

  • Hit & Run

    Hit & Run (2008)
    Television by Tri-Seven Pictures Director/Editor

  • Game Time

    Game Time (2008)
    Television by Tri-Seven Pictures Writer/Director/Editor

  • The Path Within

    The Path Within (2008)
    Film (short) by Faizan Kareem Sound Mixer

  • Karma

    Karma (2008)
    Film by Sohil Kohli Grip

  • B-O-M-B

    B-O-M-B (2008)
    Film by Tri-Seven Pictures Writer/Director/Editor

  • Jimmy Strikes Back

    Jimmy Strikes Back (2008)
    Film (short) by Nico Schwierz Grip

  • Shylock

    Shylock (2008)
    Film (short) by Faizan Kareem 1st AC

  • Deserted Brother

    Deserted Brother (2008)
    Film (short) by Nico Schwierz Sound Mixer

  • Charlie English

    Charlie English (2008)
    Film (short) by Sohil Kohli Sound Mixer

  • The Cypherian

    The Cypherian (2008)
    Film (short) by Tri-Seven Pictures Writer/Director/Editor

  • Bloodline

    Bloodline (2008)
    Film (short) by Michael Saul Gaffer/Grip

  • Story

    Story (2007)
    Television by Charles F. Kaufman Editor

  • Big D's Pro Shop

    Big D's Pro Shop (2007)
    Internet by BuzzBizz Studios Editor/Videpgrapher

  • Blue Jewel

    Blue Jewel (2007)
    Internet by BuzzBizz Studios Editor/Videographer

  • Alaska Beverage Council

    Alaska Beverage Council (2007)
    Internet by BuzzBIzz Studios Editor/Videographer

  • Remember the Ice

    Remember the Ice (2007)
    Internet by BuzzBIzz Studios Editor

  • Alaska Fighting Championship

    Alaska Fighting Championship (2007)
    Video by BuzzBizz Studios Editor/Writer

  • Sleep

    Sleep (2006)
    Television by Mike Collier Producer

  • BeeKeeping

    BeeKeeping (2005)
    Television by Bryant Mainord Actor/Editor

  • UAA Hockey

    UAA Hockey (2005)
    Video by UAA Camera Operator

  • Nice Gordon

    Nice Gordon (2004)
    Video by Jason Borgstede Actor/Line Producer

  • Zachary James in Concert

    Zachary James in Concert (2004)
    Video Videographer

  • Vengeance

    Vengeance (2002)
    Video by New York Film Academy Director/Editor

  • From Our Perspective

    From Our Perspective (2002)
    Video by KTUU Student Reporter

  • NBC News Broadcast

    NBC News Broadcast (2002)
    Video by KTUU Camera Operator

Awards

  • Cannes Screenplay Contest Finalist - "The Cypherian: Lineage"
    (2017)

  • World Series of Screenwriting Finalist - "The Cypherian: Lineage"
    (2016)

  • Austin Film Festival 2nd Round Finalist - "The Cypherian Lineage"
    (2016)

  • Austin Revolution Film Festival Semi-Finalist - "The Cypherian Lineage"
    (2016)

  • Los Angeles CineFest - "The Cypherian Lineage"
    (2016)

  • Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40
    (2015)

  • Balto Film Festival's Best Short Film - "Break in Reality"
    (2014)

  • Balto Film Festival's Audience Choice Award - "Cause for Divorce"
    (2013)

  • Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition
    (2011)

  • New York Film Academy - Brett Ratner Grant
    (2009)

  • Alaska Broadcasters Association Goldie Award
    (2006)

  • Alaska Broadcasters Association Goldie Award
    (2005)

Education

  • Univsity of Alaska Anchorage (Anchorage, AK)
    (2002-2006)

  • New York Film Academy, Universal Studios (Hollywood, CA)
    (2008-2010)

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