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Meet Landon Donoho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Landon Donoho.

Landon, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Storytelling has been my deepest love since I was but a boi. Growing up, I knew from the time I could read that I wanted to be a writer. Then I discovered music, art, acting, photography, lighting, and all these other lovely elements that I also cared about. Film was the way to get to play with any and all of them! I was learning after-effects and playing with cameras from high school, went to film school, then jumped straight into the very shaky world of freelance in Atlanta. I picked up what jobs I could and eventually stumbled onto some contests for major brands. To my surprise, I won the first I entered! I also started making friends with and working on music videos for youtube artists that grew and grew. From there, it was off to the races! I entered more contests and eventually won one that let me film a feature documentary in Japan. Cat Heaven Island ended up on Amazon Prime (where it lives happily now). I worked with more and more brands, more artists, and all sorts of people and companies all over the world. Eventually, this took me out to Los Angeles, where I’ve now been living some five years, as well as locations all around the world.

My work is now a mix of documentary, ads, narratives, and music videos of all sorts, and it’s a wonderfully fun medley. I direct sets in a range of large to small, often taking projects from development all the way through post. I write, direct, and DP, which makes all the parts of my creative brain happy while also letting me getting to play with lenses, cameras, drones, and gadgets aplenty! I’m always excited for new clients and unique projects, no matter where they are.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Freelance is never an easy start and the road is never straight. Every filmmaker has their share of nightmare sets, unexpected problems, and strange stories. A massive part of the job that so many people don’t think about is problem-solving, communication, and keeping things happy while dealing with a whole slew of the unexpected. It’s gotten a lot smoother as I’ve grown and my talents have sharpened quite a bit, so nowadays it’s very rare to encounter a problem I cant tackle with the help of those I work with.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My portfolio is so varied at this point it’s rare to find something I haven’t shot! That said, my deepest love, just as when I was a kid, is storytelling. Whether it’s documentary or narrative, finding the core of the story and building it in a visual, aural way that surprises and delights is what makes me most happy. I love playing with light, depth, and composition, but always to get across a mood or feeling that brings the bones of the story to life.

Some of the most fun I have is in the sci-fi and fantasy world. The world of Geekdom in LA is thriving and beautiful, and being involved has brought some of the most unique projects. Documentaries in strange and unique places also wake up the explorer part of my mind and heart, and I’ll never get tired of traveling or meeting unique individuals.

Eventually, I’d love to move into full, scripted narratives for the silver screen or to join the fantastic world of streaming shows that make their realities beautifully immersive and exciting.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
Part of the reason I love what I do is the vast number of people I get to work with. There is such a wild amount of talented individuals in the world! Living in LA, I’m at the heart of one of the most creative places in the world and I’m constantly astounded by those around me and thrilled that I get to work with them. The list would be long, but they know who they are and hopefully also how grateful I am to have them in my life.

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