J. P. Johnston
* Screenplay writing * Production
* Product & Message Integration * Editing
* VFX * Mixing * Coloring * Musical Score
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Who We Are
Surreal Pictures is a film production company committed to high quality screenplays and films that are culturally relevant, redemptive, and personally meaningful. As demonstrated in their first film “The Reliant”, they are devoted to keeping plots unpredictable, their characters unforgettable, the action realistic, and yet always God-honoring. They fearlessly address culturally sensitive subjects, yet are careful to remain winsome and centered on the love of God, even as they venture into genres not generally considered “faith-based."
J. P. Johnston is the writer and producer of the award-winning faith-based action film “The Reliant” starring Kevin Sorbo, Brian Bosworth, Mollee Gray, and the Benham Brothers, which has garnished over 25 film festival awards, including several for “Best Film,” “Best Screenplay,” and “Best Score” for their Abbey-Road created musical score. It has won first place awards at both secular and faith-based festivals. “The Reliant” is known for its subtle, winsome defense of the “right to keep and bear arms” and was produced in part by the U.S. Concealed Carry Association. He is the author of ten novels and one World War 2 biography entitled She Looks Like My Little Girl. His unproduced screenplay “When Swords Heal” was a semi-finalist in 2020 for the Creative World Awards. He is a family practice physician residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is the proud father of ten children.
Dan Parsons has acquired more than 250 cinematography credits on features, documentaries, television pilots, short films, industrials, and music videos. Dan's career began in Austin, Texas, where he quickly became known and sought after for his storytelling and lighting skills. Dan eventually moved to Southern California where he received his MFA in Film Production from Chapman University while serving as teaching assistant for renowned educator and cinematographer, Bill Dill, ASC. In 2016, Dan began to actively focus his attention on faith-based productions with "The Reliant." Dan and his wife, Amy, and their seven children live in Ohio where he is currenty prepping his 9th faith-based production. View some of Dan's projects here.
J. P. Johnston, Writer & Producer
Dan Parsons, Cinematographer
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Based out of Charlotte, NC, USA