John Roderick is a Denver & Los Angeles based Director, Director of Photography, Editor who for the past twenty years cut his teeth in the world of adventure sports, music and counterculture by crafting character driven stories and eye opening imagery of some of todays most celebrated sports athletes, musicians and influential brands. 

Signature to John’s cinematography is his improvised and kinetic approach to light and camera movement. Much of John’s work today bridges branded content, music, docu-series, and unscripted television series often captured in rugged and remote locations across the globe.

Raised in the small mill town of Rumford, Maine, John left early at age 17 on a Greyhound west to pursue his passion for snowboarding and skateboarding in Colorado. This would be the backdrop that inspired John to pickup an Arriflex 16mm film camera and begin capturing some of todays recognized action and adventure sports athletes for iconic brands like Oakley, Roxy, Red Bull and Outside Television. Through creating his own all-female action sports films and series throughout the 90’s, this would expand into commercial directing and cinematography as a career. 

Later crossing John’s path came the calling from close friend, musician and social activist Michael Franti from Michael Franti & Spearhead, which the two collaborated closely to create the “Stay Human” documentary film and a multitude of music videos that highlight global issues and the message of optimism.

John holds both feature film lighting and master cinematography certificates from the Maine Media Workshops under the mentorship of cinematographer Russel Carpenter (Titanic, Avatar 2&3, Charlie’s Angels) and lighting gaffer Morris Flam (The Tourist, Black Swan, Lawrence of Arabia). 

Certificate: FAA Part 107 USA License | Wilderness First Responder | Master Cinematography /Feature Film Lighting from Maine Media Workshops

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Royal Bank of Canada “Avioner”

Discovery Channel “Innovation Nation”

Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Flower”