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Lighting Technician – Multiple Production Houses
John’s Experience at Compass College
“When I was young I had an interest in art, photography, and movies. Growing up the son of a painter and an adman it felt like I came by it naturally. Having access to my father’s Nikon DSLR at a young age helped me see the world through the frame of a lens. At the same time, being raised in a Christian home my parents instilled in me a deep desire to serve the Lord in everything I did. So when I had to make a decision about where to go to college I felt convicted that I needed to go to seminary but I couldn’t ignore the artistic desires God had put inside of me. What I slowly came to realize was, when God gave the great commission He wasn’t calling all of us to be pastors – It was to serve Him in everything we did. With that in mind, I had peace to go to Compass and see where the Lord would lead me from there.
Compass turned out to be a wonderful decision. They understood the importance of giving artists hands-on experience in their field as well as connecting their students with professionals in the industry – locally and out of state. Through experience making our own short films in class, I realized very early on that because of my art and photography interests growing up I gravitated towards Cinematography and lighting. Compass was also responsible for placing me on my first two feature-length films. On both jobs, I was an intern working as a Production Assistant. It wasn’t very glamorous but it gave me an understanding of how a film set was run. After that, I was hooked. My internship allowed me to build relationships that lead to more work, which in turn cultivated even more relationships and produced more work. I have been blessed to work as a lighting technician on such films like Avengers: Infinity War, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Logan, and more. I have also been able to work as a gaffer on Christian projects such as Woodlawn and Unplanned. My prayer is that God uses me as a light, as I set lights, on whatever projects I get to be a part of. I am forever thankful that I made the decision to go to Compass Film Academy over 12 years ago. I feel blessed that I am able to serve the Lord in a career that I love.”