Character-Driven Storytelling Point-of-view Narrative
psychological thriller, romance, drama, commercial, music video
DJ McCoy, a Seattle native, is a filmmaker known for his unique style that combines compelling storytelling with striking cinematography. His approach to filmmaking, characterized by thoughtful imagery, character development, and careful pacing, highlights his understanding of the human experience. Throughout his career, DJ’s work has been recognized at several film festivals across the nation, marking his place in the industry.
DJ’s passion for storytelling was evident early on. As a child, he engaged audiences around the campfire with ghost stories during summer trips in the mountains of Washington State. In his neighborhood, he hosted mystery parties, rewrote about day-to-day events with a twist of fantasy, and began experimenting with visual storytelling by creating a YouTube channel at age ten. These narrative efforts led him to be accepted by TheFilmSchool’s Prodigy Camp at the age of twelve, a program designed for young, driven storytellers. This exposure marked the beginning of DJ’s deep dive into the world of filmmaking.
During his middle school years, a series of school transitions expanded DJ’s experiences, exposing him to a diverse group of people. He pursued different educational paths, working to refine his artistic skills. As a result of his dedication, DJ’s work began to gain recognition. He received an Official Selection at the SIFF FutureWave film festival for his first short film in 2012. His momentum continued, and by 2013, he had received two nominations at the NATAS NW Regional Emmy’s, winning an Award of Excellence for his 20-minute short film “Godsend.” DJ’s work continued to make an impression, earning another student Emmy in 2015 for his short film, “Generation Rx.” Concurrently, his films were screened at various festivals nationwide, broadening his visibility and connections. His journey then led him to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in 2016, where he participated in a panel discussion following a screening of his short film, “Another Man.”
DJ’s educational journey took him from the film program at Seattle’s Ballard High School to part-time at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline. He also spent time at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), studying 3D animation. Eventually, DJ moved to Los Angeles to attend Hussian College In Studio, formerly known as Relativity School, where he developed a holistic approach to film production from Hollywood studio executives and industry professionals at Los Angeles Center Studios. Upon graduation with a BFA in Film + Digital Content, he brought more than a decade of filmmaking experience into his professional career.
DJ’s work history covers various genres and forms of visual storytelling. His portfolio spans narrative and experimental films, promotional videos, concept trailers, and music videos. He has assumed numerous roles, from directing to camera operation, each contributing to his growth as a filmmaker.
In addition to traditional filmmaking, DJ has explored myth, psychology, and mysticism. These studies have profoundly influenced his work, adding layers of depth and understanding to his characters and narratives. Through the intersection of film, myth, psychology, and mysticism, DJ explores the human experience in his storytelling.
This exploration has expanded his understanding of storytelling and given his work a distinctive voice. His films prompt audiences to reflect and engage in dialogue about life’s deeper questions. DJ’s focus on art and storytelling goes beyond capturing images on camera—it is about capturing the essence of the human spirit, navigating its complexities, and revealing its profound beauty.
- RED (Scarlet Dragon)
- Blackmagic (Cinema Camera)
- Canon (C300, 5D Mk IV)
- Sony (F55)
- Graphic Designer
- Director & Assistant Director
- Cinematographer & Camera
- Production Design
- Grip & Electric
- Adobe (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop)
- Avid Media Composer
- Davinci Resolve 17
- Autodesk Maya
- Movie Magic (Scheduling, Budgeting)
- Final Draft 10
2017 – Editor for Realtor Agent – John L. Scott Real Estate
2016 – Editor for Band Talks in Seattle – Victory Studios
2016 – Production Assistant for Pilot – King 5 News
2016 – Editor for Instructional/Promo – salonsolids
2015 – Grip & Electric for Story Broadcast – King 5 News
LA Center Studios Campus – Hussian College
Bachelor Fine Arts in Film + Digital Content – Los Angeles, CA
Graduated May 2021