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"Being Canadian filmmakers, you may have a moose appear unexpectedly in your shot. This phenomenon is what's known as Moose In Scene. Or mise en scene in le frances. Majestic as these creatures may be, time is money. And it is recommended that you kill any animals interfering with your shot on sight."

Jon Christopher James Graham, better known by his online name Jon CJG, formerly known as DigitalPh33r (something he'd like you to forget about) is a Canadian director, writer, actor and composer who specializes in Machinima.

Jon is probably the second most popular guy to dabble in Halo Machinima right behind Rooster Teeth, with whom he's had a past Fandom Rivalry before he collaborated with them on some Rooster Teeth Shorts. He's otherwise best known for Arby 'n' the Chief, which ironically is primarily puppeteering toys as opposed to recorded video game footage. He's also made other shows, such as Deus ex Machina (2007), Hard Justice, One Life Remaining and It's a Wonderful Live. All of which are currently categorized under Old Shame in his mind, as he's refused to acknowledge their existence.

He also wants us to #FixTheWorld.

Works by Jon:

Tropes present in Jon's work:

  • Acting for Two: invoked In his original videos, every character was Jon with his voice variably pitched, with little to no effort done to differentiate beyond that. He still does a lot of the voicework himself, but has since employed other actors to join him, such as Elizabeth Carr-Ernst and Khail Anonymous.
  • Allegory Adventure: His student films made for film school adapts Classical Mythology stories. Moment of Reflection is a comedic Silent Film telling of a modern Narcissus while Black Hole tells the story of Daedulus and Icarus as a crime thriller where a drug lord "flies too close to the sun" with his reckless and hedonistic habits.
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    • Arbiter, John Brent, Bernard, and Anthony. All of them spout out Jon's thoughts on various subject matters from video games to holidays.
    • By default however, Jon regularly represents himself within Halo gameplay as a white Spartan wearing the Recon helmet.
  • Black Comedy: Which leads to...
  • Black Comedy Rape
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Really guilty of this.
    • Arby 'n the Chief: From a goofy comedy about Living Toys and their misadventures on Halo to a grim Dramedy about the misery of being trapped in a small plastic body.
    • One Life Remaining: A grounded, low-key Slice of Life series that climaxes with a car chase to stop a bomb from destroying a college.
    • Deus Ex Machina: A standard superhero romp that eventually leads to a main character getting slowly decapitated by an antagonist.
  • Creator Backlash: He has nothing nice to say about older videos, and at times seem to have an attitude of immediately being self-critical upon something's completion.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost every character he writes is as dry as the Sahara. The man himself is no slouch.
  • I Work Alone: He's admitted in some behind the scenes videos that he has a problem with this, mentioning how some fans have offered to help him film in-game, but he's always declined the offers because of this trope.
  • Scenery Porn: Taking after Breaking Bad, Jon has become enamored with prolonged sequences of establishing shots, a lot of which show off the grand majesty of various Halo maps... or his house.
  • Self-Deprecation: Jon doesn't let up on taking potshots at himself.
    Josh Butterballs: Jon Graham, this filthy Canadian scum who calls himself a writer, once known a long time ago by toddlers throughout the world for his large body of terrible work in the laughable medium in what basement dwellers like to call...Ma-ma-ma-china-ma, whatever, it originated in China. Quantity over quality, right Jon?
  • Surrounded by Idiots: A general tone set by his comedy projects is that the world is populated by inane morons while the protagonist is possibly the only bastion of sanity and reason around for miles. That said, it's often subjected to Deconstruction by showing how this can often end up blinding the Only Sane Man to the noble and affable qualities of the "idiots" and devolve into Moral Myopia and depressing isolation.
  • Take That, Audience!: Jon isn't afraid to satirize what some of his more annoying fans can be like; some videos made around Deus ex Machina's climax had him make fun of fans who hound him for the next installment of the series, and It's A Wonderful Live dramatizes some unpleasant conversations he's had with people who recognize him while gaming online.