Based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brittany Johnson has worked locally as a Production Office Assistant and Assistant Script Supervisor. Previous feature film credits include “Cowgirls N Angels,” “The Rob Lake Magic Show,” “Faculty Lounging,” “Land of Gold” and “Cricket.” In addition to her work as a production assistant, Johnson is also a writer.
How did you get started in the film industry?
In college, one of my professors arranged for me to complete my internship on the set of the film “Cowgirls N Angels.” Then in 2021, I attended the Oklahoma Film and Television Academy, which connected me with so many film projects.
Do you have other departments or positions in which you also worked? If so, please list.
Yes. I’ve also worked in art, sound and casting.
Did you have any formal education or training related to the film industry before starting?
Yes. I graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on Broadcasting. I’ve also received my certification from the Oklahoma Film and Television Academy (OFTA) in 2021.
Did you have any formal education or training related to your specific department on-set?
I have 12 years of clerical experience that has helped tremendously with my role in the production office.
What are some of your most recent successes (credits or accolades) related to your career in the industry?
Most recently I’ve worked on “The Rob Lake Magic Show” as well as the feature films “Land of Gold” and “Cricket”.
What has your career in the state’s film industry taught you?
Prior to the film incentive program, I think people interested in the film industry figured they had to leave here to expand on their craft. For those that stayed, like myself, we tried to figure out how to create our own opportunities. Now, this incentive program has allowed the film industry in Oklahoma to grow so much. I love that I get to meet creatives from all over the state with a similar passion and we help each other every day.
What is the highlight of your career thus far?
Working on “Land of Gold” was such an amazing experience. It connected me with so many talented people from all over.
What is your favorite aspect of working in Oklahoma’s film and television industry?
My favorite aspect of working in Oklahoma’s film industry is the crew’s work ethic. I often find peace in knowing that whenever I’m working on a project, no matter what your title is, we all feel the same way. We’re all just trying to find our way and figure it out and do our best.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for someone starting their career in Oklahoma’s film industry?
Every day is a learning experience. Don’t take things so seriously. I’m a firm believer that where there is a will, there is a way. If this is your passion, that determination is embedded in you and you are going to do great!
How does someone in your field/department best promote/market themselves to those hiring in your industry?
The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is a great resource to use. You can find job listings for crew and casting calls and the Oklahoma Production Directory is a wonderful tool to list your experience and skills.
Are there any local film organizations, resources or events that have been beneficial to you in your career?
The Oklahoma Film and Television Academy was extremely beneficial. I also check the Oklahoma Film + Music Office website for upcoming events and opportunities.
What’s the one item you can’t live without on-set, and why?
Definitely my phone. It has the capability to solve a plethora of issues in a matter of minutes when working on the set of a film.
Would your career be impacted without the state’s film incentive program? If so, how?
When I graduated from college ten years ago, there weren’t half as many opportunities available that there are now in Oklahoma. The incentive program has continually generated more and more jobs for creatives.
Where do you see yourself – AND – Oklahoma’s film industry in the next five years?
In the next five years I hope to have a feature film of my own created and filmed while Oklahoma’s industry continues to flourish.
What are you working on now or next?
Currently I don’t have any active film projects so I’m taking this downtime to focus on screenwriting.