Jody Muston’s love of telling stories with images started from a young age as a budding photographer. Her focus shifted to filmmaking when she 17, and she has never looked back. After working her way through the ranks of the Camera Department and cutting her teeth shooting countless shorts and music videos, Jody has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting young DOPs whose work encompasses television, film and documentaries.
Her first feature film One Eyed Girl recently won the prestigious ‘Dark Matters’ award at the Austin Film Festival, and won her the ACS Silver Award for Cinematography. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as looking “..terrific, with Jody Muston’s darkly atmospheric lensing contributing to the sense of foreboding”. Jody’s second feature film is the thriller Stalkher, directed by actor John Jarratt. She also shot Anthony Lucas’ chapter ‘Damaged Goods’ from The Turning anthology which screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 whilst Jody was participating in the prestigious Berlin Talent Program. More recently, Jody has completed Matchbox Pictures Stories I Want to Tell You In Person, a two part piece based on the play of the same name by Lally Katz.
Jody’s work has seen her shooting documentaries all over the world including the jungles of Borneo and Papua New Guinea, the plains of Mongolia and many remote areas of Australia. She has shot numerous stories for the ABC and SBS including Matchbox Pictures award-winning Anatomy series.
A multi-award winning cinematographer, Jody recently received the ACS Gold for her work on the short film Can You See Them?, directed by Polly and Mike Staniford. She has also received the ACS Silver for the short film Tom, directed by Nathan Croft.
With her combination of keen intuition and aesthetic sensibility, Jody looks to each script as a means to further explore the possibilities of image-driven storytelling.