George A. Johnson
Director. Cinematographer. Storyteller.
2008 - I wrote, directed, produced, and edited my second feature film, "Homeless For The Holidays", which became a Christmas hit, and has been broadcast into over 150 million homes on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, DirecTV, MyTV, CW, Daystar, God TV, TCT, and other networks.
2012 - I returned to TCT Network as the Station Manager of the Fort Wayne station.
2013 - I was promoted to Director of Creative Content for the TCT Network in Marion, IL, where I oversaw all things creative for the worldwide television network, and all of it's stations throughout the United States.
2014 - I returned to Fort Wayne, IN & launched my company, Splash Video & Photography. "Don't just make a video. Make a Splash!" I now travel throughout the US producing content for corporate executives, major manufacturing corporations, entertainers, and more.
2015 - I wrote, directed, produced, and edited my third feature film, "Thy Neighbor", which has been awarded over 100 sets of laurels (selections, nominations, and wins) from film festivals all over the world.
2016 - I co-founded Gaffer Media, an 18-month film school for Jr. & Sr. High School students, where they write & produce a feature film, and release it into theaters.
2017 - Gaffer Media released it's first student film, "Two Steps From Hope".
2019 - I won my first NATAS LGL Emmy® in the category of Director, Non-Live for directing the music video "HAUNTED" for THE GUESS WHO.
2019 - I produced and directed the 6th stand-up comedy DVD, "Unapologetical!" for internationally known comedian, Brad Stine.
2020 - I was nominated for my second NATAS LGL Emmy® in the category of Director, Non-Live for directing the trailer for "Thy Neighbor".
I've been doing this a long time. And out of respect for yours, I'll keep this brief.
I've been a filmmaker since I was 5 years old (Literally - I was writing scripts & shooting videos in 2nd grade. Adam Goldberg and I would have been best friends).
Here's a brief overview of where I've been, professionally...
1993 - Began volunteering at Channel 12, Lansing's Public Media Center, running camera for various TV shows, and producing content of my own.
1995 - Internship with Stephen Yake Productions in Tulsa, OK, where I worked on the film "R.I.O.T." starring Carman, Kimo, T-Bone, Sam Jones, Bo Hopkins, and Teri Copley, as well as several short films & music videos.
1997 - Hired as the Program Director of WKTV in Grand Rapids, MI, where I scheduled all programming, trained & supervised volunteer TV producers, and wrote, produced, and directed original content for the channel.
1999 - Hired as a News Editor for WZZM TV-13 in Grand Rapids, MI, where I ran studio cameras & edited the news.
2000 - Hired as the Production Manager of WINM TV-63 in Edgerton, OH, where I supervised the television studio & volunteer staff. We produced several weekly programs that aired locally, regionally, and sometimes internationally on the TCT Network. I also produced over 2,000 short films, music videos, and commercials for the network.
2002 - I wrote, directed, produced, shot, lit, and edited my first feature length film, "DREAMER: The Movie", which took two years to complete. I then self-distributed it into theaters in Michigan and Indiana in 2004. The world premiere took place at the Ionia Theater in Michigan on New Year's Eve 2004, and opened to the largest movie audience in the theater's 75 year history (over 600 tickets sold for the first show).
We have earned over 100 Official Selections, Nominations, and Wins from all over the world. Here are just a few.
2019 NATAS LGL EMMY® AWARD
Best Director - Non-Live
"Haunted" - The Guess Who
2019 Best of Fort Wayne Award
Video Production Service
2018 Telly Bronze Award
Principium Corporate Video
2017 Telly Bronze Award
The Ric Runestad Show