Jason Joseffer

Jason Joseffer

Director of Photography

San Francisco, California

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About Jason

Jason Joseffer’s career in cinematography is rooted in his immigrant grandfather’s Manhattan camera shop, which triggered a multi-generational interest in photography. Born and raised in San Francisco, Jason learned the principles of exposure, light and composition from his father during summer camping trips. An excitement for motion picture grew during the production of his local cable access television show, prompting him to pursue a film degree at UC Santa Cruz. His first job out of college was working the night shift as a news cameraman.

Disillusioned by the limitations of the broadcast world, Jason was compelled to leave news and pursue work in film and television. Jason trained as a camera assistant, first as a film loader and later as a focus puller. Having worked and learned from accomplished cinematographers, Jason transitioned into working full time as a Director of Photography. In 2010 he shot his first feature film, Coldwood, directed by Justin Baird on location in Alaska. Soon after, he worked on Scott Kirschenbaum’s documentary, A Soapbox in Haiti, profiling Haitian activists in the wake of the tragic earthquake. Jason has since shot several feature films, documentaries, music videos and commercials.

Jason’s commercial work includes national campaigns for major brands and the web series 100 Years of Fashion, which Variety Magazine praised for its “270 million views . . . making it the most watched fashion series ever.” Industry magazine, Film & Digital Times, published an article profiling Jason’s ingenuity for machining camera lenses for Seth Lael’s music video, On The Road. Films Jason has photographed have screened at major film festivals and have won prizes in cinematography.

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  • I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

    I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer 'I Used to be Normal - A Boyband Fangirl Story' is the surprising coming of age story of four diverse women who have had their lives dramatically changed by their love of a boyband - Backstreet Boys, One Direction, Take That and The Beatles.

  • Of Woman Born

    Of Woman Born (2018)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer "Of Woman Born" is a multi-sensory documentary about one profoundly empowered woman's physical, emotional and spiritual experience of giving birth. A total immersion into civilization's oldest ritual, it is both the first documentary filmed exclusively during a labor, told from the perspective of someone giving birth. Written by Scott Kirschenbaum

  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

    An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018)
    Film (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Lulu Danger's unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only."

  • The Rage

    The Rage (2017)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Cinematographer The Rage is a psychological thriller short film starring Jeffrey L. Moore, Sophia LaPaglia and Gretta Sosine about the choices we make when we are angry.

  • Social Snafu

    Social Snafu (2017)
    Video (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Social Snafu is a satirical comedy that imagines what would happen if your Facebook News Feed came to life.

  • Minutes to Die: The World's Ignored Health Crisis

    Minutes to Die: The World's Ignored Health Crisis (2017)
    Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department From a Kenyan hospital to a rice paddy in India, victims of venomous snakebites are the faces of death and disability, caught in a global crisis the world knows little about.

  • The Deep Sky

    The Deep Sky (2017)
    Film (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Lenora and Arlan have a stable, long-term relationship when they make a considered decision to open it up to additional partners. Their intention is to engage in casual sexual experiences, but when they meet the mysterious and beautiful Nina, they decide to see her again. Over the following months their connection grow deeper, but over time Lenora and Arlan are stressed by the love triangle, culminating with Nina's disclosure of a secret. The Deep Sky is a poetic film that employs experimental flourishes and magical realist notes to create a visceral experience. Focused on its characters as richly developed individuals the story navigates the emotional and philosophical complexities of the world the three lovers have created. Written by The Deep Sky

  • Discovering the City of Faith

    Discovering the City of Faith (2017)
    Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Fleeing a failed relationship, corporate office job, and overpriced city, this is the story of being a newcomer to Santa Fe, and falling under its spell.

  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

    Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (2017)
    Television (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department In his first stand-up special, Hasan Minhaj weaves humorous and heartbreaking anecdotes to tell his life story as an Indian-American Muslim. Topics include racism, bullying and meeting the demanding expectations of his immigrant parents.

  • Breaking Legs

    Breaking Legs (2017)
    Film (Family and Musical) Camera and Electrical Department It's 'Footloose' meets 'Mean Girls' as high school freshman Bloom moves to a town where there's no place to dance - except the school dance team! But when the boyfriend of the team's lead girl falls for her, she'll have to fight to win her place amongst these venomous girls. Breaking Legs is sure one to kick your boots off and pull up your heels, as these kids dance the field away to compete for the homecoming crown at R. Murray High School. Will it be newbie Bloom, or her arch nemesis and Dance Team leader, Harmony? Watch as the two square off in this fun but odd match to the finish. Someone is doomed to 'Break a Leg' on the dance floor, or rather, the football field!

  • A Good Man

    A Good Man (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Incompetent middle aged Korean-American man named GOODMAN who's experiencing mid-life crisis finds out about his wife's affair and reacts to his harsh reality by applying extreme measure by altering his attitude towards his life.

  • Rules of Exchange

    Rules of Exchange (2016)
    Film (Short) Cinematographer Two young coworkers go out to negotiate an exchange. While the job seemed simple enough, they soon find themselves in a precarious situation, facing a powerful group of people who do not see the deal as equitable. Their goals start to shift from winning a negotiation to simply leaving the negotiating table unharmed.

  • Candy-Gasms

    Candy-Gasms (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer 'Candy-Gasms' is a colorful comedy about the two sweetest things in life.

  • Coffee Virgin

    Coffee Virgin (2016)
    Film (Animation, Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Coffee Virgin is a psychedelic short film about a boy who tries coffee for the first time.

  • Human

    Human (2016)
    Television Camera and Electrical Department Human takes a focused look at individuals who have decided to do something bigger than themselves. Each episode explores the simple decisions they make, the way they live their lives, and how their stories inspire all of us to do more.

  • Superpowerless

    Superpowerless (2016)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A superhero loses his powers shortly after turning forty and must adjust to his new life.

  • A Sexplanation

    A Sexplanation (2015)
    Film (Documentary, Comedy and News) Cinematographer Exposing the intimate story of our sexuality, from arousal to afterglow. Our culture longs for sexual fulfillment, yet our institutions refuse to study or teach it. So science reporter Alex Liu wants to understand each physiological phase of human sexual response: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. From biology labs to church pews, he wants to shed the shame and figure out how we work as sexual beings. Isn't it time we truly knew ourselves?

  • Audrey Proulx: Try

    Audrey Proulx: Try (2015)
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  • Quest for a Different Outcome

    Quest for a Different Outcome (2015)
    Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer A young PhD researcher is paid a stealthy visit by the head of a secret organization, who expresses interest in his ongoing research work and invites him to a soiree to make him an offer.

  • The Hand Job

    The Hand Job (2015)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer A human resources manager gets the surprise of his life when an applicant applies for an unusual job opening.

  • Shake

    Shake (2015)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer In the year 1979, a nun enters a small chapel where she will find her emancipation from suppression by the male dominated world of religion lies in the innocent questions asked by a mysterious young girl. The nun's autonomic, dogmatic answers are no match for the wisdom in the young girl's guileless pursuit of truth.

  • Ahh... San Francisco

    Ahh... San Francisco (2014)
    Film (Documentary, Short, History, Music and 1 More) Cinematographer A visual adaptation of a classic newspaper column by legendary San Francisco writer and journalist Herb Caen. Narrated by Peter Coyote. Written by Anonymous

  • Strange Thing

    Strange Thing (2014)
    Film (Short, Horror and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer A newly married couple, Kris and Jake, wake up to find a door has appeared in their living room. As the temptation to open the door lingers the couple discusses how to handle this bizarre phenomenon as they discover more about the person they each married. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

  • Bug-Eyed

    Bug-Eyed (2014)
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  • Recipe for Love

    Recipe for Love (2014)
    TV Movie (Comedy, Family and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department An earnest, culinary school hopeful, clashes with a big shot celebrity chef when she is assigned to ghostwrite his cookbook. As they struggle to get through each recipe together, their mismatched cooking styles and misunderstood pasts threaten to send the cookbook up in flames. But after they both dig deeper into the heart of their shared passion, a romance becomes more likely to spark. Written by Love

  • Ice Block Love

    Ice Block Love (2014)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Ice Block Love is a silent romantic comedy 12 minute short, with a full orchestral original score, about a fearful man who meets his true love while trying to Ice Block (riding a block of ice down a hill) with his friends. Losing her her just as fast leads him on a quest to find her again. When he exhausts all avenues and gives up, he finds her when he fearlessly decides to Ice Block again. Written by Anonymous

  • Mathilda

    Mathilda (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer The struggling life of a female artist who lives just another day still.

  • Obit

    Obit (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama and Family) Cinematographer As his daughter writes an obituary, a man struggling with dementia is overwhelmed by memories and escapes from his world into ours.

  • Climax

    Climax (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Mystery) Cinematographer A couple prepare for a dinner in their honor, but will they ever make it there?

  • Dave's World

    Dave's World (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer With the 20th century in the past and romantic days behind us, most everything in life is focused on materialism, the size of houses and cars. However, how much longer can people adapt to the society that stresses so much on outer appearances? This movie displays the downfall of the main character, Dave. In reality, we witness one of our family members, relatives, friends, or other members of the society get financially dissociated and disappear somewhere else. This movie is asking a universal, yet true question to the society, how we should accept the modern human nature with our hearts hardened, unable to foresee our own future. Written by Anonymous

  • Memory of a Butterfly

    Memory of a Butterfly (2012)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Cinematographer A love story between two young women set against the backdrop of Chinese Opera.

  • The Healing Artist

    The Healing Artist (2012)
    Film (Short and Fantasy) Cinematographer The energy transferred during an energetic healing session - from the pre-session meditation, to the session itself, to its closing.

  • Grace

    Grace (2012)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Cinematographer A young immigrant nurse drowns her sorrows at a karaoke bar. A chance encounter with a kindred soul compels her to confront her desires and instincts.

  • Mila Dear to All

    Mila Dear to All (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Mila lived through the hell of sex trafficking. Now she is on the streets of Los Angeles. Gabriel is a social worker who goes above and beyond to help people who suffered from violence. Unable to save his last clients Gabriel thinks he may not to be cut out for this type of work. Saving Mila is his last hope. Written by Anonymous

  • Where Words Leave Off

    Where Words Leave Off (2012)
    Film (Documentary, Short, Biography and Music) Cinematographer Ben Simon's parents sent him to Yale to become a doctor, but Ben rebelled, pursuing his dream to become a professional musician. After Yale, Juilliard and years playing the viola, Ben took up the baton and became the conductor and music director for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Confronted by waning interest in classical music, Ben began a campaign to attract new devotees. He has dispatched with many of the stodgy constraints associated with orchestral music and has continued a tradition of offering free admission to concerts. With passion, tenacity and joy, Ben and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra continue to bring the delights of classical music to children and adults throughout the bay area. Written by Anonymous

  • Coldwood

    Coldwood (2012)
    Film (Thriller) Cinematographer Single mother Ashley travels to Alaska to work with her Uncle Clive, a con man swindling money from people who believe their homes are haunted. As Ashley tackles her own demons the team must face real supernatural forces beyond anything they've ever experienced. Written by Charles A. Baird

  • A Soapbox in Haiti

    A Soapbox in Haiti (2012)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Since the January 2010 earthquake, what we've seen in news outlets worldwide are images of Haiti in disarray. What is missing from international coverage is a grassroots forum that gives voice to Haitian citizens. "A Soapbox in Haiti" is a nomadic speaker series that champions the resiliency of the Haitian people. Filming took place in villages, towns, and cities all over Haiti during the latter half of September 2010. Residents of Haiti who have been pre-selected through a comprehensive process delivered speeches, each on a topic significant to the region where the speaker lives. These topics include sustainable development, women's empowerment, arts and culture, child advocacy, ecology, agriculture, education, and health education and disease prevention. Written by Scott Kirschenbaum

  • Moonless

    Moonless (2012)
    Film (Short, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department A traveler reluctantly returns to Earth.

  • 20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow

    20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow (2012)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Stitch in Time

    Stitch in Time (2012)
    Film (Crime and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Family is business and business is money. Roy Stitch was the best collector his Uncle Norman had ever seen, but when an unforgivable act is committed, Roy is pushed into the depths of depression, unable to perform on the job. Trapped in a world of brutality and deception, tormented by memories of the past, Roy must now choose between loyalty to his family or control of his own destiny. Written by Anonymous

  • Five Proof

    Five Proof (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer Shawn West has attended two different High Schools in the last two years. During a 'Welcome Back' concert at a prestigious private academy, and Shawn's third school, Shawn tries to contain himself, his thoughts and his... powers. Many changes during puberty are unwanted and a nuisance, but ultimately a gift. Could this be the same story for Shawn? He'll find out, whether it kills him, or someone else. Written by Anonymous

  • Viaje al Mar

    Viaje al Mar (2011)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer A young boy living on a farm decides to embark on a journey to see the ocean for the first time.

  • The Nine Lives of Chloe King

    The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011)
    Television (Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama and 2 More) Camera and Electrical Department Chloe King should be dead. Any normal human being would be under the circumstances, but Chloe has just turned sixteen and has found out she isn't as normal as she once thought she was. Chloe is Mai - a race of beings with cat-like powers: speed, agility, and claws. Being a high school student was complicated enough, but being Mai has added a new set of problems. Chloe is given the responsibility of protecting both the Mai and Human races. A secret organization wants to have her assassinated - nine times if necessary. And a simple kiss has deadly consequences; so much for falling in love. Written by L. Hamre

  • Leap Year

    Leap Year (2011)
    Television (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Original comedy series about five founders of a Silicon Valley startup. Written by Wilson Cleveland

  • Goodnight Harvey

    Goodnight Harvey (2010)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Fantasy) Cinematographer Sam, a puppet skinner's apprentice, must confront the realities of his profession when a puppet named Harvey wakes up on the cutting table. With an anxious customer ready to pick up Harvey's hide, Sam must choose whether to set the puppet, free or finish the skinning that's already been started. Written by Anonymous

  • Scape

    Scape (2010)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Mystery and Western) Camera and Electrical Department Based on the short story 'The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes' by Rudyard Kipling, Scape takes place in the early 1800s on the Oregon Trail. Indians attack Morrowbie's caravan and he becomes separated from his wife. He walks alone through the open frontier, searching for her, when he wanders into a remote colony in the forest for the mentally ill. Once in the colony, none can leave; a mysterious and fearsome army soldier guards the boundary between the colony and freedom. With the fate of his wife looming, Morrowbie must attempt the impossible: escape. Written by Taegen Carter

  • First Dog

    First Dog (2010)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department While US president Barrett opens a school bearing his name, his inseparable dog Teddy gets lost in the commotion when a gun is fired at its master. To avoid a press scandal, the matter is kept discrete. The dog wanders off to a country orphanage, where Teddy chooses as new master Danny Milbright, a shy boy who never seems to be considered for adoption but has a strong sense of justice, impelling him to return Teddy to his master. It proves an eventful journey all the way to D.C. Written by KGF Vissers

  • The Naturalized

    The Naturalized (2010)
    Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Weaving together the lives of different people from different countries who all share a quest for citizenship by choice, not birthright, this documentary travels from a citizenship class in San Jose to a naturalization ceremony in Iraq. Along the way, there's unprecedented access to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, revealing the complex process up-close, including a marriage interview and the one-on-one Citizenship Exam. How many amendments are in the Constitution? To become an American, not knowing is not an option. Contemporary stories of struggle and success are combined with insightful interviews from notable naturalized citizens like Fareed Zakaria, Alan Cumming, David Rakoff and Isabel Allende. Written by History

  • Evolution

    Evolution (2009)
    Film (Short, Action, Adventure, Fantasy and 2 More) Cinematographer Lois is forced to play a game of life and death with no instruction. She doesn't know she has become the prey of a monster, or is it the other way around?

  • Parallels

    Parallels (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Caught in the middle of her own psychotic rampage Katie comes to grips with her own identity because of the hope of a strangers admiration.

  • Shimásáni

    Shimásáni (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Mary Jane must choose to either stay at home on the reservation or leave to go to boarding school.

  • In the Backyard of Loneliness

    In the Backyard of Loneliness (2009)
    Video (Short and Drama) Cinematographer Two lonely women build friendship through spiritual realization.

  • Whiskey Tears

    Whiskey Tears (2009)
    Film (Short) Camera and Electrical Department In-between the cracks of the San Jose dive bar scene finds a ragtag crew of rockabilly twenty-somethings who swill whiskey, cruise around on their custom vintage bicycles and simply find ways to do absolutely nothing. Never concerned with what's to come or how it will happen, they are the kings and queens of their own little world, never willing to join mediocrity. But can this lifestyle last forever? Written by Element 151 Inc.

  • The Confessional

    The Confessional (2009)
    Film (Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama and 2 More) Casting department A disturbed sculptor assumes the identity of a small town priest and designs a game of divine madness for a unsuspecting town.

  • The Fish

    The Fish (2008)
    Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Filter

    Filter (2006)
    Film (Short and Drama) Location management Filter is a staunch look at how information is presented through the media and how truth lies beneath. By examining a crime captured on tape, we uncover the real story lies somewhere in the bias.

  • The Amazing Race

    The Amazing Race (2006)
    Television (Action, Adventure, Family, Game-Show and 1 More) Miscellaneous Crew The best of the reality series crop is back, with 12 teams of 2 players each racing around the world, trying not to be eliminated at a series of checkpoints in which the last team to arrive is booted from the show. CBS chooses teams with relationships containing at least some tension, especially when the situation involves intense pressure. This season includes such duos as two circus clowns, a gay married couple, a father and son, a recently engaged couple, married couples, and best friends. Written by T.J. Magwire

  • American Dream: The Movie

    American Dream: The Movie
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