Release Date: 02018/19
Journey To Royal
Journey to Royal is a documentary about the resonating effects of losing a loved one in war. The story follows director Chris Johnson on an odyssey of discovery as he sets out to connect with his late Great Uncle, Royal A. Stratton, a 22-year-old rescue pilot who died saving the lives of nine airmen in the South Pacific during WWII. Johnson’s journey leads him to the sole surviving member of Royal’s crew and the surviving members of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron. It is from these heroic servicemen that he learns of the dangerous missions that carried them unarmed into the path of the enemy.
Along the way, he encounters a 100-year-old pilot who recounts the evolution of aviation over the past century and the passion that lives in the hearts of “flyers.” In a final climactic undertaking, Johnson embarks upon a momentous journey with R.M.S. Titanic dive expert, David Concannon, to locate and visit Royal’s plane where it came to rest on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean nearly seven decades ago. What awaits at the end of this journey, beneath a mile of ocean, will be the defining moment for a family seeking to unravel the mystery of a loved one who never returned home from war.
Christopher Johnson is an American film director and producer, whose career began in the visual effects arena. His passion for film making began at the age of 8. In 1990, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the industry just weeks after graduating from high school. Johnson designed and created the special make-up effects for the cult favorite Drop Dead Fred (1991) and created special make-up effects for Michael Mann’s iconic The Last of the Mohicans (1992).
Johnson made his directorial debut with the feature film, Outside of Winters Bend (1995). This was followed by the supernatural thriller Shades of Darkness (2000), and Summer of Tomorrows (2003) which was re-edited for a special international release in 2010.
Johnson is currently producing and directing the documentary Journey to Royal (2017) through his own Misty Falls Motion Picture Company. The story recounts the last rescue mission of his great uncle, WWII rescue pilot and hero, Royal A. Stratton. A feature film of the same subject is in development.
Johnson serves as an Imagineer on the Dimensional Design team at the Walt Disney Company and is a member of the Visual Effects Society.