About Russ De Jong
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.
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 television
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 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
feature films, commercials and music videos 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.
15 years later Russ has countless of on-screen credits, grown his equipment list to well over 1 Million
Dollars and counting, and worked on large sets with A-list actors and budgets north of 50-Million! In
2015 / 2016 Russ was apart of over 200 projects, and spent over 600 days on set! And has maintained a high number of set days every year!
In 2015, Russ started North Film Co. to further pursue his love for creating videos and further expand on his passion by building a strong production company with over 15 full-time employees, over $4M in equipment, over 6 trucks and a large office. His strong business mind with a proven track record has brought North Film Co. great success already, with much more to come!
Russ has expanded his skillset into Producing, Drone, and Russian Arm. He continues to keep Director of Photography as his main area of focus while continuously building his skillset of supplementary specialty jobs.