John Roderick is a Denver, Colorado based director + cinematographer who for the past twenty years cut his teeth in the world of adventure sports and counterculture by crafting eye opening imagery and character driven stories of some of todays most celebrated sports athletes, musicians and brands alike. Signature to John’s cinematography is his improvised and kinetic approach to light and camera movement. John’s work today bridges commercial, branded content, documentaries and a number of unscripted television series often captured in rugged and remote locations across the globe.

Born in the small mill town of Rumford, Maine, John existed the school system early to catch a Greyhound west to the mountains of Colorado in the late 90’s to pursue his passion for board sports. This would be the backdrop that inspired him to reach for his first Arriflex 16mm film camera to begin capturing some of the many intrepid people and places within the adventure sports community for brands like Oakley, Roxy, Red Bull and Outside Television. 

Later crossing John’s career came the calling from close friend, musician and social activist Michael Franti, which the two collaborate closely with to create films and 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).

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Recent Work

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Royal Bank of Canada “Avioner”

Discovery Channel “Innovation Nation”

Michael Franti & Spearhead “The Flower”