Wayne Johnson is a busy guy. He’s been a film producer and director since 1999, is the father of two, and teaches Applied Color Theory, Visual Effects, and Advanced Field Production in the IPR Digital Video and Media Production BFA and AAS programs. He is also in post-production on two feature films, is working with writers on three new scripts, and has plans to shoot one of them next year.
“My goal is to make a feature film every year for as long as I can,” he says.
Oh, and his current project just got picked up for distribution in Japan.
Johnson served as the visual effects producer/associate producer on the 3D feature, Shockwave Darkside. The film is set in the near future, where the earth has been contaminated and humanity has discovered limited resources on the moon. Shockwave Darkside follows a small troop of soldiers caught behind enemy lines on the dark side of the moon after war has erupted. The film had its world premiere at London’s FILM4 FrightFest in 2014 and was reviewed favorably by fantasy and horror fans in the UK.
“The whole film, because it was 3D and because of the scale of a feature film, pushed me and my team into uncharted territory,” Johnson explains. “To my knowledge this is the first stereo 3D feature film with this many visual effects to be done with all off-the-shelf software.”
Shockwave Darkside is also slated for video-on-demand release in the United States early next year and is entering the film festival circuit.
Having instructors who are active in their fields is a core philosophy of IPR and leads to relevant and exciting instruction. Johnson – who in his career has produced over twenty commercials, four music videos, three feature films, and six short films – cites his field experience as invaluable. “My work in the industry is essential to what I do in the classroom. I’m not bringing theory into the classroom. I’m bringing in practical experience and techniques I actually use every day – and have used for nearly twenty years now.”
Shockwave Darkside is currently available for purchase from CD Japan and sells for 4800 yen (that’s about thirty-eight US dollars).