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As early as the age of nine, John was using 16mm film cameras to make movie shorts. His early special effects created such large explosions that by age 13 his family told him to move his movie studio out of the main house and into a barn on the far end of the property. Today John’s “explosions” take place in Hollywood. John combines his in depth understanding of traditional filmmaking with a vast knowledge of computers to create new and affordable looks for the screen. (A look his peers have respectfully dubbed – Tindall-Vision!)

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A review of Indianapolis born, John Tindall’s fourth grade demo reel would find him working in stop motion animation, multiple exposure camera tricks and a painstaking film etching and dying process that he used to create electrical spark and laser effects. All this with sync sound – not bad for a grade-schooler! Werewolf transformations, submarine water tanks, space effects – John did them all in middle school and by high school he was working professionally as a news cameraman for the ABC affiliate (where David Letterman started as a weatherman).

In his thirst for knowledge, John traveled to New York and Chicago to attend lectures by special effects gurus such as Doug Trumbull (Close Encounters) and John Dykstra (Star Wars).

David Brillhart stars in John's 7th grade film The Wolf Man.
John Tindall Tahiti
When John finally moved to Los Angles he worked for a high-end commercial production company. John was a sponge, bouncing between the sets of the 10 staff directors and “A” list DPs learning from greats such as: Brian Gibson (Poltergeist II), Harold Becker (Malice), Haskell Wexler (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Jordan Cronenweth (Blade Runner). These early experiences helped John to develop his set running skills so that he became comfortable on productions of all sizes, from intimate interviews to full-scale productions such as (Honey I Shrunk the Kids).
John filming Great White Sharks.

John worked as a Director-Cameraman for ABC and eventually began producing for the network starting up long running series America’s Funniest People. During this period John was hired as a director to create many signature looks on many television shows such as "Sightings"(FOX), "World’s Most Dangerous" (CBS), "Ripley’s Believe it or Not!"(Sony), "Day in the Life" (History), "Mega Disasters" (History), "Prototype This!" (Discovery) and "Time Warp" (Discovery).

Programs, such as the History Channel’s "Day in the Life," showcased John’s talents. Working with actors and period sets, in camera effects and CGI, John created faithful renderings of bygone worlds. His seamless use of different technologies helps him to tell stories with rich textures while negotiating tricky budget considerations.

John Tindall Jet EngineJohn wrestles with a pulsejet engine in his home laboratory.

After John finished a season with The Mythbusters in San Francisco he was asked to appear on camera for "UFO HUNTERS" and "What Went Down" for History.

John is currently working in his lab on two Discovery shows: miniature effects for "Reign of the Dinosaurs" and a pilot, "Don't Try This at Home!" based on the outrageous projects that he brings into his house. Things have come full circle...