A committed, award-winning filmmaker and conservationist, John Dutton has traveled from the remotest beaches of Indonesia and the Solomon Islands to the bustling red carpets of Hollywood as Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Writer as well as Narrator on a long series of documentaries and films.
From a start studying biology and geology at Kingston College in Surrey, England, John worked in Germany in the field of international business. Always captivated by photography and film, John moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997 to study filmmaking at the Watkins Film Institute. During his internship at Warner Reprise Records’ music video department, he produced several short music-related films that were lauded at the Nashville Independent Film Festival.
John has been based in Los Angeles since 1999 and has worked as a freelance filmmaker on a diverse array of projects including Oprah’s 50th mega-birthday celebration, “Pearl Harbor” behind-the-scenes for Herzog Productions, as well as collaborations with John Goldstone (producer Rocky Horror Picture Show).
Unexpectedly hijacked by the fascinating field of science and conservation, he began documenting leatherback sea turtle research, which led to the production of his award-winning short documentary “Jurassic Journey.” His nature video footage has been frequently used by the BBC / Animal Planet Europe as well as by network news.
John is a member of BAFTA and the International Documentary Association, and participates as a preliminary judge for the Jackson Hole Media Awards and the International Documentary Awards.
Adhering to his mantra of Creative Media With A Message, John creates videos for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and Smithsonian Institute, Alzheimer’s Association as well as NGO’s such as WWF, Wildcoast International, Ocean Ecology Network, ProNatura and others.
John, originally from England, lives in Los Angeles, but continues to travel the globe pursuing his passion for nature, conservation and science from behind the camera and in the editing suite. He is currently spending a lot of time in Austria, collaborating on a 3-part television documentary series about the Alps.