Producer - DOP - Steadicam
Russ De Jong is a Toronto based Producer, DOP and Steadicam Operator. With over 17 years of experience in the TV / Film Industry Russ has a great wealth of knowledge that he can bring to every production.
ABOUT RUSS DE JONG
Producer - DOP - Steadicam - Drone
RUSS DE JONG has been working steadily in the television and film industry for over 15 years and has climbed to an acclaimed spot in Canada and the international film industry.
Starting with a background in competitive team sports, extreme sports and stunts Russ transitioned his athleticism into film. Russ started making videos for various sporting events, which lead to
a job as a cameraman for live sports and eventually various news stations such as CTV, Global and The Weather Network. After graduating from Mohawk College for Television Broadcasting Russ
worked for a production company shooting and editing two nationally aired televisions shows that delivered a new show every week. This high pace demand, paired with live television taught Russ
the skills for quality work under tight deadlines and extreme pressure.
In his spare time Russ opened his first successful retail business at the age of 16 with worldwide distribution for large companies such as Solomon & Adidas. His knowledge of construction lead
him to complete a childhood dream of purchasing land and building his own house from scratch, at the ripe old age of 19. As his success in his side businesses and film career grew he funneled resources
into equipment and specialized training to really increase his hold in the film industry. After a long run in the television industry as a cameraman, technical director /switcher and editor Russ
decided to step away from television and focus solely on the film industry and his work as a Director of Photography. Countless commercials and movies later Russ had found his place and decided
to further invest down that road. He added Steadicam Operator to his list of skills after looking to fulfill his extreme sports side and was up and running with 70lbs strapped to his body like it was
natural for him. After completing his Steadicam certification and being trained by Garret Brown *The inventor of the Steadicam Russ had found a new passion within the film industry.
15 years later Russ has thousands of on-screen credits, grown his equipment list to well over 4 Million Dollars and counting, and worked on large sets with A-list actors and budgets north of
150-Million! In 2015 and 2016 Russ was apart of over 200 projects, and spent over 600 days on set!
In 2014 Russ shifted his focus into producing projects and started building towards a full production company capable of delivering consistent quality on every project even those with tight budgets.
In 2015 North Film Co. was formally launched and has grown incredibly year after year to it’s current turn-key one stop shop with incredible resources! To date, Russ has produced over 50
projects now and is one of few producers with a solid, current and ongoing knowledge of every aspect of film making. In 2018 alone Russ De Jong produced 9 Movies and over 15 smaller projects
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