Artist Bio & CV



Johnathan Paul lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex of Texas and he is a film producer, writer, and artist. Paul studied engineering, fine arts, and film production at North Central Texas College and the University of North Texas receiving an Associates degree in art studies and engineering, a Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and New Media, as well as a Master’s Degree in Film Production. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as a graphic designer and engineer, while continuing his experimental film work.
Then in late 2005 he accepted a position as a Marketing Executive for the Fortune 500 company Toll Brothers Inc. During this time Johnathan began adding 3D art, motion graphics and digital compositing to his artistic arsenal, which would lead him to leave the marketing industry in 2010.
He is an Adjunct Professor University of North Texas with a focus on Visual Effects, Producing, Screenwriting and Documentary Filmmaking. Johnathan has written several articles on pop culture and the film industry for online outlets such as The Beat, The Blast, Shutterstock, Adorama, PNTV, and more. Currently Johnathan is CEO of Datalus Pictures where he oversees all web, television, documentary, and feature content development and production.


Artist Statement


For me story is king. No matter if it’s an illustration or a fictional film, there has to be a story, something for myself and the audience to latch on to. When developing a narrative I tend to focus on a group of subjects such as Chaos, Remnants, Mystery, Life, Love, Reality, Spirituality, Morality, Social Viability, Destiny, Adventure, Imagination, Fantasy, Technology and Futurism. Because most individuals have some curiosity as it pertains to one of these, I tend to focus my narratives on one or two of these subjects at a time.
In the end I want my art to draw it’s audience into the visceral state of the narrative. I want the narrative to be immersive and allow the audience to become more conscience and aware of the beauty of the natural world, creativity of mankind, the imagination within us all as well as the dark realities that exist on the fringes.
With my many years of experience in illustration, painting, 3D animation, filmmaking and writing I believe my work will make a mark and take audiences on a journey that it fun and exciting, imaginative and creative, but also sometimes dark and mysterious.


Artist CV


Johnathan Paul Martin

Denton, TX 76209

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2000 – 2004

North Central Texas College

Associates of Science / Mechanical Engineering – Department of Engineering

Associate of Fine Arts


2001 – 2016

University of North Texas

Bachelors of Science – Mechanical Engineering (not completed)

Bachelors of Fine Arts / New Media / Minor in English – College of Visual Arts and Design

Masters of Fine Arts / Film Production – College of Radio, Television, and Film


Academic Groups, Awards, Scholarships and Grants

Thin Line Fest – Assistant Film Director – Board Member

The Great Hanging Memorial Foundation – Board Member

Alpha Sigma Lambda (Honor Society)

Delta Epsilon Iota (National Honor Society)

2010-2013 Presidents List Recipient

2013-2014 Academic Achievement Scholarship (AAS)

2014-2015 MFA Graduate Academic Excellence Award

2015-2016 Kodak Eastman Student Filmmaker Award (Nomination)

2015-2016 IDA David L. Wolper Documentary Filmmaker Award


Appearances and Lectures

Cosmic Film Workshop – Guest Lecture – “An Intro to Becoming a Producer” – February 2018 (Meteor Theater)

Cosmic Film Workshop – Guest Leacture – “Brief History of Filmmaking” – October 2017 (University of Texas Dallas)

TCCTA Convention – Keynote Speaker – “Teaching in a Digital World” – February 2017 (TCCTA / Austin)

KERA Interview – Guest Appearance – “Taboo History” – May 2015 (KERA / Dallas)


Productions, Exhibitions and Film Screenings

2017 – 2020

Autumn Skies” Horror – Feature, Producer / Director.

The Disappearance of Kathy” Feature Length Documentary, Producer / Director.

Fairview Chronicles” Episodes 1 & 2, Producer / Director.

Don’t Frack with Denton” Feature Length Documentary, Producer.

The Garden in the Desert” Drama – Short Film, Producer.



The Great Hanging” Short Documentary Film.

  • 2nd National Grand Prize BEA Awards 2017
  • Aired Nov. 2016 “Frame of Mind” EP.6 / PBS



Hustler of Providence” Short Documentary Film.

  • World Premiere at Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Nominated for Oscar Qualifying Short Film Award



“Unconventional” Short Documentary Film, RTFP Theater, University of North Texas



“Immersion” Cine’muck, North Gallery, Denton, Texas

“Postmodern Shooter” State of the Arts: Crossbred Media, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas

“Relation, Chaos, Remnants” State of the Arts: Crossbred Media, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas

 “Overlayed” The New Nostalgia, Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, Texas



“I Love the Way You Feel” Interactive Gallery Collaboration, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France

The Untitled Event” Cool Artwork Bro!, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas



“Pixel Art” Comp Design Show, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, Texas


Professional Experience

2018 – Present

School of Motion

Sarasota, FL       

Writer and Content Contractor

Write and Produce articles relating to Motion Graphics industry

Coordination with the Marketing Manager on Special Projects


2018 – Present

Thin Line Fest

Denton, TX       

Assistant Film Director

Working with the Film Director on networking

Review and select films to be shown during festival

Planning and scheduling special event screenings


2012 – Present

University of North Texas

Denton, TX       

Adjunct Professor

Teaching film production and film theory

Working with Students on film productions

Planning and setting semester schedules and deadlines


2010 – Present

Datalus Pictures

Fort Worth, TX       

Co-Founder, Director, Writer, Producer, and Concept Artist

Creator and co-creator of all written and illustrated works

Writer, Director & Producer of documentary and narrative films

Setting overall strategy for companies long term vision

Working with companies to create long term marketing campaigns


2014 – 2016

Shutterstock / Premiumbeat

Denton, TX       

Writer and Content Coordinator

Write and Produce articles relating to the film industry

Research visual effects processes

Create or post tutorials over visual effects and film production processes


2005 – 2010

Toll Brothers Inc.

Grapevine, TX       

Regional Marketing Manager / Texas Regional IT Consultant

Oversee all materials for Texas, California, Arizona, and Colorado

Modernized overall look to brochures and materials

Continue to hold the highest efficiency rate for turn around

Work closely with Project Managers and Vice Presidents

Designed many Toll Architecture marketing pieces and logo’s


2002 – 2005

RedGorilla LTD.

Gainesville, TX

Graphic Artist / Illustrator / Concept Artist

Advertisments and illustrations for printed media

Character concepts for comics and video games

3D concepts and marketing pieces for film