Rose Fadem-Johnston’s cinematography spans narrative, music videos, experimental and commercial formats. Her work often includes tackling the challenges specific to SFX, VFX, stunts, children, animals, and stop-motion animation. Originally from Berkeley CA, her first career was as a Trapeze artist, before she moved into the equally wild and wonderful world of production. Fadem-Johnston is currently based out of Los Angeles where she lives with her husband, children, cat, dog, and many fruit trees.
Fadem-Johnston earned her MFA at the world-renowned AFI conservatory and her BA in Film Production at UCLA. Her mentors include Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Sandra Valde-Hansen, ASC and Mitchel Pessah ASC. Fadem-Johnston’s cinematography has been featured at festivals around the world including Hollywood, Chicago IFF, Toronto, Riff, Catalina, Montreal, Italian Contemporary, and Champs-Élysées. She was featured on the StudioDaily 50 list in 2018. She is a founding member of the International Collective of Female⁺ Cinematographers (ICF⁺C). When she is not shooting, she is on senior faculty at the AFI Conservatory cinematography dept.