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.
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.