John Chester

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John Chester is a documentary filmmaker, TV director, and cinematographer.

During his high school years Chester made student films[1] in his hometown, the mainly seasonal resort town of Ocean City, Maryland, USA.[2] He moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked as a Production assistant on a well-known TV mystery series for the 1994 season.[3] By 1995, he was again working on the East Coast, employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools as a TV producer for The Education Channel in Towson, Maryland, the school system's PEG-TV station.[4][5]

In 1997, Chester directed an unreleased 16mm low-budget independent narrative feature film shot on Assateague Island near his boyhood home.[2] Since then, he has produced, directed, and shot productions for Animal Planet,[6] ESPN,[7] the A&E Network and various nonprofit clients.[8] Similar to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Chester has cast himself as a prominent character in several of his own projects, most notably the "Touched by a Slacker"[9] documentary-style reality TV series Random 1, and its feature-length film sequel Lost in Woonsocket. His cinematography and directorial style often features Dutch angles, a highly saturated color palette, and/or low-key lighting.[8][10]

References

  1. "SXSW '07 Interview: "Lost In Woonsocket" Director John Chester". eFilmCritic. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Random 1 – Cast & Crew". Aetv.com. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2092965/
  4. "Balto. Co. schools probe trips paid for by company – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 13 July 1995. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "72 from schools went on Ariz. trips – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 14 July 1995. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1373434/companycredits
  7. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926108/companycredits
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Filmmaker". John Chester. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Feel-good 'Random' has deliberate impact". Articles.boston.com. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Rock Prophecies Official Trailer". YouTube. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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