As directors we fight over cameramen like you, professional, brave, hugely talented and always delivering amazing pictures, no matter how tough the environment or limited the time. But there is much more to you than the extraordinary professional. As a woman director working in an environment that is undoubtedly male dominated in the field and in the tough world of organised crime, conflict, death and destruction that we have often inhabited together on our shoots, you have never displayed an ounce of machismo, of roughness, of misplaced pride.
You have consistently helped me and advised me. You are a modern day Renaissance man to me, equally at ease among the Mexican cartels, the gangs of Chicago and the sophisticated world of arts, culture and fine food. I have learnt hugely from you. Lucky who gets to work with you next. I hope it’s me!
"The first thing to say about Jonathan is that he is brave and extremely enthusiastic. No task is too difficult and he welcomes new challenges with genuine zeal and interest.
He works fast and always gets the most out of any location or situation, giving you great options in the edit. His shots are beautiful even in the hardest of environments and time limited situations.
He is great at following actuality and puts any contributor at ease but most of all he is a huge support on any shoot, a brilliant source of ideas and fun to work with."
Marta Shaw, Producer, Ross kemp "Extreme World"
I’ve worked with Jonathan, producing and directing and series producing, under a wide variety of often difficult and extreme conditions. We crossed the Sahara for the BBC series ‘Tropic of Cancer’ (for which Jonathan was nominated for an RTS award) and filmed in India during the sweltering weather that precedes the monsoon, worked in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo for Sky 1’s 'Ross Kemp: Extreme World’, and with Martin Clunes on a film about lions on the Kenya/Somali border for ITV. Last year we worked together on a BBC series, ’Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve’ about the Nile, the Ganges and the Yangtze which saw Jonathan shooting in Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
I’ve always found Jonathan to be an broad pair of shoulders - cool under pressure, never fazed by even the most challenging conditions and capable of repairing virtually any piece of kit even in the most remote location. But perhaps, more importantly, his camerawork is always first class. As well as having an extremely good eye for pictures his coverage of any given sequence is extremely thorough (a technique he refers to as “squeezing the lemon”) so you are always left with plenty of options in the edit and are never wanting for shots.
Overall his skill, good-humour and experience make an invaluable contribution to the morale of the team even on the toughest of shoots. I would highly recommend him as a cameraman, colleague and travelling companion.
Series Producer & Director
BBC Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve (2014)
The man is brave, tough, reliable and talented. Over the years Jonathan has developed his great eye to the level where he can shoot pictures to compare with any documentary cameraman in country.
When you combine that with the willingness, not to say total enthusiasm, to work in tough environments under any conditions, I think you are talking about a unique package.! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jonathan's work to anyone"
"Just a wee email to thank you for your camera work in assisting with our recent corporate video production.
It is always great to work with such a professional as well as someone who is able to manage three countries in three days and still keep his sense of humour.
From predawn shots ashore and onboard our vessels, to aerial shots from helicopter and car by day, I am always impressed by the quality of your work, the angles and types of shots you suggest."
Ian J Aitchison
Group Communications Officer
NYK Group Europe Ltd,
"The rushes came through last night, the feedback from the clients was excellent - they are all very happy with all the material .....
For me personally as the producer- it was a pleasure working with you ... talent, understanding AND pragmatism are hard to come by from many commercials directors / DOP's" ..."
"Conan O'Brien and our writers are always concerned when working with a new crew as so much of our comedy is visually driven and thus in the hands of the cameraman. With Jonathan we need not have those concerns. The long shooting days, the last minute requests, extreme weather, did not faze Jonathan. Nor was he fazed while filming riding backwards on dog sleds and snow mobiles. Never did we hear "it can't be done."
Everyone on our show were most impressed with the Finland Special and the ratings. I wanted to convey Conan's appreciation for Jonathan's contribution on this trip. Clearly, when CONAN is next out of the country, it is Jonathan Young we will want behind the camera."
Geoffrey Addeo, NBC, Late Night With Conan O'Brien