"Great cinematography isn't a camera,
it's the person behind it."
AJ began learning, working, and creating as a cinematographer in 2010 and has never looked back. He loves getting into a filmmaker's head and bringing their vision to life. The smile on a director's face during dailies are what he looks forward to.
(AJ at the 85th Academy Awards)
AJ is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, a prestigous film school with heavy concentration on cinematography. He also completed the film program at Scottsdale Community College, with a focus on cinematography. For nearly six years, he was a projectionist at Harkins Theatres, specializing in 35mm film and through the company's conversion to digital cinema.
While attending Columbia, he was invited to the 85th Academy Awards to join Team Oscar and present awards on stage to the winners.
"Filmming any aspect of life is what I love; it drives me to bring your idea, your story, to life. Features, shorts, documentaries, and any form of visual communication are what I want to shoot. I always use your time wisely and never aim to waste a minute or a dime."
~ AJ Young
Thorough planning is his virtue. Perfect collaboration is his goal. A beautiful image is his passion.