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Rose Fadem-Johnston is a Los Angeles based Cinematographer, Crafter, Trapeze Artist and storyteller. She’s an alumnus of the UCLA film production program and holds an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory.


Rose works primarily in narrative and commercial, with a focus on the strange and the challenging, including in-camera and post effects, children, and animals. Her narrative has screened at festivals all over the world including Chicago international film festival, Toronto, Montreal, and Champs Elysee …. among others


Rose’s work primarily consists of collaboration during the development process with creative team to create the visual language of a project. The later technical and practical execution of that language on set becomes a clear, flexible, and fun process of translation. 




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Rose Fadem-Johnston thrives in the process of taking on complicated productions. Her cinematography work often includes tackling the challenges specific to SFX, VFX, stunts, children, animals, and stop-motion animation.

Fadem-Johnston’s cinematography spans narrative, commercial, music videos, and experimental formats.  Originally from Berkeley CA, her first career was as a Trapeze artist, before she moved into the equally wild and wonderful world of production.

She earned her MFA at the world-renowned AFI conservatory and her BA in Film Production at UCLA. Her cinematography has been featured at festivals around the world including Chicago IFF, Toronto, Riff, Montreal, Italian Contemporary, and Champs Elysse. She was included on the 2018 StudioDaily 50 list. 

Fadem-Johnston is a founding member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers ICFC  ). She was recruited to the faculty at the AFI Conservatory cinematography dept in 2017 where she teaches the primary technical course to first year Fellows. She is an avid backpacker and kayaker, as well as amateur stained glass artist and inventor of useful do-dads.