JASON OLDAK // DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Born on the California coastline and raised on the streets of NYC, Los Angeles based cinematographer, Jason Oldak, began his career as a fine artist in the New York Art World graduating from the prestigious COOPER UNION for the advancement of Science and Art holding a BFA. A continual fascination with the cinema and cinematography later earned him an MFA degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory. Jason is an award winning filmmaker whose work has been showcased in some of the finest film festivals throughout the world including The Cannes Film Festival and Camerimage Film Festival, Poland. He has collaborated and helped lens a plethora of projects including large and small scale feature films, numerous union commercials, television shows, and documentary films. His work has been featured on most major media outlets including NETFLIX, HULU, REDBULLTV, COMEDY CENTRAL, PBS, REFINERY29, AWESOMENESSTV, DISNEY, NBC, FOX, E!, MTV, VH1, BIOGRAPHY, FUELTV, TRAVEL CHANNEL, and The CARTOON NETWORK.
Jason recently wrapped production on the first season of a NETFLIX and AWESOMENESSTV produced new television show, TRINKETS. Starring Brianna Hildebrand, TRINKETS could be described as MY SO CALLED LIFE meets BREAKFAST CLUB. 3 high school girls who are kleptomaniacs meet and form an unlikely friendship when they find themselves mandated to attend a series of Shoplifters’ Anonymous meetings… The show was photographed entirely in the Portland, OR region over the fall/ winer 2018. It will premiere on NETFLIX in late spring/ early summer 2019.
Earlier in 2018, Jason wrapped on the final season of the Golden Globe nominated HULU and LIONSGATE show, CASUAL working alongside directors Gillian Robespierre, Hannah Fidell, Michael Weaver,Helen Estabrook and Zander Lehmann.
In the summer of 2018, Jason embarked on photographing Lynn Shelton’s latest feature film SWORD OF TRUST starring Marc Maron, Michaela Watkins, Jon Bass & Jillian Bell in Alabama. We’ve just received exciting news that SWORD OF TRUST will open the 2019 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST film festival in March.
Jason also helped A camera operate and lens additional photography for the second season of the hit NETFLIX show, GLOW.
Jason’s documentary work had been accepted into the SUNDANCE PRODUCING LAB, was a recipient of the ITVS Public Broadcasting Grant for his cinematography on the documentary BROKEN HEARTLAND, and was an AFI nominee for the ASC Jordan Cronenweth Student Heritage Cinematography Award.
The entire filmmaking process is collaborative, creative, and extremely fulfilling on so many levels. Jason enjoy’s more than anything, working alongside passionate artists to help visualize their script in a daring and impactful way. Always thinking out of the box and off the cuff.