Director of Photography and Producer based in Malmö, Sweden/Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 Documentary Reel
Primary cinematography reel.
2018 Client Reel
Supplementary reel with focus on breadth of experience and technical versatility.
Feature Length Documentary
Truth Detectives (WDR/ARTE) Roll: Director of Photography
A feature length documentary on how new technology is being used to investigate human rights abuses and war crimes. Commissioned by WDR/ARTE. Directed by Anja Reiss.
3SAT: Lions in Ngorongoro Crater
Director: Anja Reiss, Camera: Jonathan Saruk
Ashoka Foundation: Africa’s youth are leaders of today
Camera: Jonathan Saruk and Mike Shum
Euronews (Learning World): Sweden: A New Life for an Afghan Refugee
Producer and Camera: Jonathan Saruk
UNHCR: Torsby, Sweden
Producer: Zahra Mackaoui, Camera: Jonathan Saruk
Heute Mittag ORF: Invitro-Fertilization in Sweden
Correspondent: Nikolai Atefie, Camera: Jonathan Saruk
The Great Big Story: The Bone Church, Czech Republic
Camera: Jonathan Saruk
MINC Business Incubator: Malmö, Sweden.
Producer and Camera: Jonathan Saruk and Johan Bävman
ProDuction Services Available
Jonathan Saruk is a producer and director of photography who has produced video content for the likes of ARTE, ABC News (USA), UNHCR, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Great Big Story, ORF, and 3SAT and has worked on corporate productions for Siemens, S.A.P., Sony Ericsson, E.ON, and Unibail-Rodamco.
He is available as director of photography, cameraman, videographer, or local producer for your editorial, corporate or commercial project. Jonathan is available locally in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, but can also travel for international assignments. He has experience working in some of the worlds most difficult environments including Afghanistan, Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, Yemen, and Gaza and has undergone hostile environment training, medical training and is fully insured. Jonathan is a native English speaker and speaks working Swedish.
Production EQUIPMENT Available
CAMERAS: Sony PXW-FS7, Sony A7s II
LENSES: Canon 16-35 4L IS, Canon 24-70 2.8L II, Canon 24-105 4L IS, Canon 24 1.4L, Zeiss CP.2 Super Speed 50 T1.5, Sony FE PZ 28-135 F4
LENS ADAPTERS: Metabones E- Mount to EF-Mount Mark IV, Metabones E-Mount to EF-Mount Speedbooster Ultra
AUDIO: Schoeps CMC 6U/MK4 Cardioid Mic, Sennheiser MKH 50 Cardiod Mic, Sennheiser MKH 8 Figure Eight Mic, Sennheiser MKH 8060 Shotgun Mic, 2 x DPA 4060 Lavalier Mics, Sound Devices MixPre6 Recorder, Lectrosonics L Series LR Receiver/LT Transmitter, Sony UWP-D11 Wireless Lavalier System, 2 x Rode VideoMic Pro, Panamic Mini Boom 2.29 meters, Sony F-720 Handheld Microphone
STABILIZATON/MOVEMENT: Sachtler Tripod TT 75/2 CF with FSB-6 Fluid Head, Steadicam Aero30, Tripod Kessler Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly 29.5,” Kessler Second Shooter, Letus Helix Jr. Magnesium, Wireless Follow Focus System: (microRemote Base Station, Redrock Torque Motor, microRemote Fingerwheel controller, microRemote Handheld Wireless Controler), 2 x Sirui N-2004X Tripod, 2 x Sirui G20KX Ball Head, Varavon Zeus A7s II Cage
MONITORS/ACCESSORIES: SmallHD 702 LCD, SmallHD DP7 LCD, SmallHD AC7 LCD, SmallHD DP4 LCD with EVF, Teradek Bolt Pro Wireless Transmitter/Receiver (Both HDMI and SDI Transmitters)
LIGHTING: Spark 10x10 LED Kit (3 lights), Datavision Light Reporter LED Kit (3 lights), Westcott Scrim Jim, 4 x Impact Light Stands
BATTERIES: Canon LP-E6N: 8, Sony BP-U60: 4, Sony NPFW50: 5, Sony Sony NP-F970: 9
CASES: HPRC 6400TRIB Hard Tripod Case, 3 x Pelican 1615 Air Hard Case
Jonathan runs Blake Street Films AB, the Malmö, Sweden based partner of Denver's Fox Tale Films, providing full film production services, specializing in documentary feature-length films, video journalism and branded content. The company’s first feature-length documentary, HONDROS, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and received the prestigious audience award. Jonathan served as a cameraman on HONDROS and was recently director of photography on his first feature-length documentary, Truth Detectives, which was commissioned by WDR/ARTE. The film aired in March of 2018 on ARTE.
Jonathan began his career in photojournalism and has had his images published in a broad selection of publications including The New Yorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Neon. He was a Featured Photographer with Reportage by Getty Images. Jonathan's first monograph, The Forbidden Reel, was published by Daylight Books in 2014, was selected as one of the year's best by Time Magazine. You can follow Jonathan on Instagram here. A graduate of the International Center of Photography where he received a scholarship from The New York Times Foundation, Jonathan also holds an M.A. in print journalism from New York University.