Shelly Johnson (cinematographer)

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Shelly Johnson
Bornc. 1960 (age c. 57)
EducationArt Center College of Design
Years active1980–present

Shelly Johnson (born c. 1960)[1] is an American cinematographer. He is a frequent collaborator with director Joe Johnston, working with him on films such as Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Life and career[edit]

Johnson grew up in Pasadena, California, where he attended Blair High School and graduated from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design[2] in 1980.[1] His career started with 1987's Maid to Order. He worked on many TV movies such as Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure, in which he was nominated for an ASC award, before landing his first major motion picture job on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Johnson returned to TV movies and mini series, most notably The Shining, a remake of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film. Johnson's first collaboration with Joe Johnston was the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. With this major film, Johnson began his foray into the Hollywood scene with The Last Castle, Hidalgo (with Johnston), Sky High, The House Bunny, The Wolfman (with Johnston) and Captain America: The First Avenger. Johnson is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 2000.[3]



Year Title Director Notes
1987 Maid to Order Amy Holden Jones
Nightflyers Robert Collector
1988 Jack's Back Rowdy Herrington
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Michael Pressman
1992 Judgement William Sachs
2001 Jurassic Park III Joe Johnston
The Last Castle Rod Lurie
2004 Hidalgo Joe Johnston
2005 Sky High Mike Mitchell
2008 The House Bunny Fred Wolf
2010 The Wolfman Joe Johnston
2011 The Big Bang Tony Krantz
Captain America: The First Avenger Joe Johnston
2012 The Expendables 2 Simon West
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Thor Freudenthal
2015 Wild Card Simon West
Man Down Dito Montiel
2016 A Family Man Mark Williams
2018 The Hurricane Heist Rob Cohen
Welcome Home George Ratliff
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Mike Mitchell
2019 Honest Thief Mark Williams
2020 Greyhound Aaron Schneider


Year Title Notes
1988 Red River Television film
Unholy Matrimony
1989 Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure
1990 The Girl Who Came Between Them
CBS Schoolbreak Special Episode: "Malcolm Takes A Shot"
Tales from the Crypt Episode: "Korman's Kalamity"
Joshua's Heart Television film
Angel of Death
1991 Keeper of the City
1992 Back to the Streets of San Francisco
Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive
Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story
1993 Relentless: Mind of a Killer
Judgment Day: The John List Story
The Fire Next Time Miniseries
Murder of Innocence Television film
1994 The Yarn Princess
Ride with the Wind
Nowhere to Hide
Trick of the Eye
1995 Kidnapped: In the Line of Duty
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge
Charlie Grace Episode: "Pilot"
Alien Nation: Body and Soul Television film
1996 Alien Nation: Millennium
Blue Rodeo
1997 Quicksilver Highway
Tell Me No Secrets
The Inheritance
The Shining Miniseries
The Devil's Child Television film
1998 Virtual Obsession
Saint Maybe
1999 Turks 8 episodes
2000 The Others 13 episodes
2010 The Wronged Man Television film
2012 Smash Episode: "Pilot"
2014 Chasing Life Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Blood & Oil Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Falling Water Episode: "Don't Tell Bill"
2017 Training Day Episode: "Apocalypse Now"


  1. ^ a b "Outer Circle" (PDF). Art Center College of Design. Winter 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-16. Shelly Johnson FILM '80 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "A Conversation with Shelly Johnson, ASC". Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "ASC Website". Retrieved June 14, 2011.

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