John Darbonne




John Darbonne was born in Texas and raised in New Orleans. Working as a Writer/Director and DP in Los Angeles for companies such as Universal and National Lampoon, he has completed thirty-one feature films.  He is the writer/director of the feature, COMPANION, based on his award-winning horror script, which was picked up by Level 33 for worldwide distribution, garnering him a guaranteed distribution deal.


John has a master’s degree in creative writing, is an Adjunct Professor of Media Studies at Texas A&M, and is  the head of video for the University. He writes existential themes about men coming to grips with their failures, often told through the strong women in their lives.

Persuasive writer, project manager, and video producer. Professor of Video Production. Award winning director, screenwriter, director of photography and editor. Expert Directorof Photography that has worked in the studio system in Los Angeles. Winner of Westfield Screenwriter’s Award, Winner Filmmatic Horror Season 4, Winner Paperscreenplay 2022, Top 1% scripts of 2020 on Coverfly, Stowe Story Lab, Fellowship, RoadMap Top 20, Creative Writing Course Director’s Award. Believes in feedback and works well in group projects. An experienced professional that can pitch and guide a project from idea through delivery.


Client skills; able to pitch and research, Ideation skills; create on the spot and develop, Journalism Background; research for both news and fiction, Extensive video editing experience; edit materials into a cohesive storyline, Video Direction; can write to scope of project, Proficient in Final Draft, Movie Magic Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Basecamp.




Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX. 10/2017– Current

Adjunct Professor – Media Studies

Taught first year students the fundamentals of video production and screenwriting and taught documentary production

techniques to advanced students.


Taught the value of structure in screenwriting.


Created a video production internship, having students gain hands on experience on university projects.

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX. 10/2017– Current

Media Production Specialist II

Head of the video department in marketing and communications, responsible for budget and client interaction.

Addressed the disconnect between creative and communication by lead the video department into an active role in script writing through direct involvement with the campus clients.


Created marketing videos to advertise the University by illustrating that the internal video team could accomplish what was outsourced in the past, and were able to reduce cost, speed up delivery, and maintain control.

Rice University, Houston, TX. 02/2017– 10/2017

Video Producer

Worked directly with the creative director in the creation of multiple marketing campaigns for the University.

Served as videographer and editor on Instructional Design courses created by the University.


Introduced animation to the University.

Victoria Television Group, Victoria, TX 02/2014– 02/2017

Creative Director

Head of the production department, met with clients, wrote scripts, produced, directed, and supervised the production staff as well as the department budget.

Increased revenue by 300% by improving the writing and production value.


Raised the expectations and value of the company’s commercial.


Won multiple ADDY Awards and increased the market’s awareness and opinion of the company.


Created a corporate video production division which vastly increased the profit margin and community awareness of the company.



Left Eye Dominant, Los Angeles, CA 10/1997– Current

Freelance Writer/Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Freelance filmmaker, created studio feature films, national commercials, music videos and corporate videos, and worked as a writer on multiple projects.


Worldwide video production for the Intel Corporation by shooting around the world to create videos on penetrating technology:

Wrote, shot, and delivered content created in remote locations around the world by investigating potential stories, and pitching them to the Intel Corporation that illustrated the remarkable way technology was being used in extremely

remote areas.

Created 30 feature films over the course of my career.


CASA  ( Campaign) - Writer/Producer/Director/DP/Editor
KAMIN Furniture  - Producer/Director/DP/Editor
Foster Creek (Campaign)  - Writer/Producer/Director/DP/Editor

Detar Hospital - Director/DP

BugMobiles ( Multiple Campaigns) - Writer/Director/DP

Homestead (Campaign) - Writer/Director/DP

Custom Interiors Inc. - Writer/Director/DP

Citizens Medical Center  (Multiple Campaigns) - Writer/Director/DP

Cinefiesta Film Festival Pimento Prods.  - Director/DP 

Remington Park(Horsepower) - Director/DP/Editor 

Remington Park(Success Story) - Director/DP/Editor

Remington Park(Motors Running) - Director/DP/Editor 

Remington Park(From The Ground Up)  Director/DP/Editor 

OU Medical Newborn Clinic - Director/DP/Editor

Shine Fights - Director/DP/Editor 

Sketchers Maximillian - DP 

Obama Campaign -  DP 

OU Basketball -  DP 

Conn’s Amazon Films - DP



Inteplast (multiple projects) - Producer/Director/DP

Express Staffing(Faces of Change) Skyline Media Director/DP/Editor 

Express Staffing(Managing Times) Skyline Media Director/DP/Editor 7D

Foundation Surgery Affiliates Skyline Media Director/DP/Editor 7D

Express Staffing (Corporate Identity) Skyline Media Director/DP/Editor 7D

Natural Gas Vehicles Sabotage Preditor 7D

Deepak Chopra L.E.D. Preditor Red One

Hyundai Jack Morton Preditor 7D

Intel Stories of Penetrating Technology CCW LA Preditor Various

(numerous shoots: Europe, Asia,

Africa, South America)

Lincoln Mercury CCW LA Preditor 7D


Feature Film (33)

COMPANION - Level 33 Entertainment - Writer/Director

GGB - Co-Writer/Director

ICE SCREAM - C0-Writer/Director

STANDING OVATION - Univeral Studios - DP/Editor 

AWESOMIST MAXIMUS - National Lampoon - DP 

FALLEN ANGELS - Warner Bros.  - DP 

SIRENS OF ELEUTRA - Kenilworth Films  - DP 

ADAM AND EVE  - National Lampoon  - DP 

BONE DRY - American World  - DP 


Music Videos

Chaos - Beyond Oblivion - Director/DP/Editor

Beautiful Sin - The Scott Taylor Band - Director/DP/Editor

Aaron Loesch Project - Director/DP/Editor

The Lancaster Project  -  Director/DP/Editor 

Dates/Betrayal  -  DP 

Take A Good Look  -  DP 



Mustang Ranch - Preditor 

Joe Jackson  -  DP/Editor

Billy Morrison -  DP/Editor 



BrookwoodPilot -  DP/Editor 

That Morning Show(Daily)  - E!TV  - Preditor 

House Rules  - TBS  - Camera Operator

Arrest and Trial  - Dick Wolfe  - DP 




Screenwriting (3.9 GPA)

Full Sail University

Graduated 2018



Graphic Design (3.88 GPA)

Full Sail University

Graduated 2017


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