John Paget has worked as a documentary filmmaker and freelance director of photography since 1992. He has shot and directed several award-winning
and nationally broadcast feature documentaries on such iconic American topics as Route 66, Elvis Impersonators and Alcatraz Prison.
Paget’s exceptional storytelling instincts and craftsman-like approach to cinematography have put him in high demand as a freelance director of photography; he’s traveled worldwide to produce commissioned projects for international non-profits, TV networks, and Fortune 500 companies. (International location experience includes China, Viet Nam, Thailand, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Belize, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala).
Originally from Olympia, Washington, John now lives in Buffalo, New York. He’s made several celebrated short films about Buffalo (This Place Matters, Buffalo: America’s Best Designed City) that have captured and helped catalyze the city’s revitalization. Paget recently founded First+Mailn Films, a creative studio dedicated to telling stories about cities, towns and neighborhoods through films that foster civic pride, build community and spark imagination. Visit firstmainfilms.com to learn more