Jon has worked in various disciplines of the creative industry for over 20 years. He began a career in graphic design, and at 21, kick-started his first business Zynke Design (formerly JB Graphix) which he sold in 2005. Jon then turned his creativity toward his long-standing love for film. Over two years, he penned his first screenplay THE TRADE, a feature length political thriller optioned by LA-based producer Barrett Stuart (Warner Bro’s Rails & Ties & MGM’s Pathology) in 2007. And until 2009, he worked as Associate Producer and Web/Branding Designer on BKL Films’ multi-award winning documentary THE JOHN SEARL STORY (2009). Today, Jon continues his work in the film industry as branding/web designer and screenwriter, and is also a director of PUNCHBOWL FILMS, a company designed to develop quality stories, and facilitate low to medium budget independent films.
The Trade At a time when US Chinese relations are in meltdown, a young boy is kidnapped in Los Angeles and later found murdered in Beijing. The boy's despairing parents, John and Susan Welland, demand answers from US authorities, but FBI investigations are stifled by uncooperative Chinese officials. The only information ... an American, Peter Raines, has been arrested in China and charged with the murder. With no apparent motive, John is left confused and unconvinced. Despite travel warnings, he journeys to China intent on confronting the accused killer. However, his attempt proves futile, and it's not until he locates Raines' son in a Los Angeles hospital that he discovers the horrid truth ... not only the reason why his son was killed, but also the insidious workings of a barbaric cartel trading human organs on China's black market. An organization known as The Trade. With the help of former Trade whistle-blower, Dr George Ling, John embarks on a dangerous and covert mission to locate the cartel's broker responsible for his son's murder. But, all goes terribly wrong. And when John is imprisoned in a Chinese labor camp and becomes the latest addition to the cartel's inventory, his quest for truth and justice turns into a desperate fight for survival ...
The John Searl Story (Documentary)
Film by BKL Films Associate Producer / Web/Branding Designer
The Trade (Screenplay)
EBE - The John Searl Story - Best Documentary (Long Subject)
EBE - The John Searl Story - Best Doc in UFO Related Theme
EBE - The John Searl Story - People's Choice Award