Jon Karl Helgason has worked on various feature films, short films, documentaries and TV films. His various roles within the film industry include make-up artist, sound techinician, editor, cinematographer and director.
He was, for example, a cinematographer for the Icelandic feature films Einkalíf (1995), Pappírs-Pési (1990), Wallpaper (1992) and Vildspor (1998). Jon Karl runs a production company that has produced many television shows in Iceland as well as the documentary entitled Mótmælandi Íslands (2003). Mótmælandi Íslands was nominated for an EDDA Award which is the main national film and TV award in Iceland.