On April 1 2004 Rodney Charters was invited to become an Active Member of the American Society of Cinematographers. This invitation to the ASC is a great priviledge and honour, as well as a prestigious hallmark in his career as a cinematographer.
Rodney grew up as the son of a small town photographer on the
coast of New Zealand -- a place recently made famous by Tom Cruise,
whose residence in New Plymouth for 5 months during the making of "The
Last Samurai," has propelled the inhabitants into a Hollywood inspired
state of euphoria. But they had always been a community of film lovers and Charters as a
young boy starred in several of his fathers 16mm dramas made with the
assistance of Roy's partner Rowan Guthrie and the New Plymouth Film Society.
Charters grew up in the darkroom of his fathers studio, "Charters and Guthrie Photograhers", with the smell
of hypo, developer, and the allure of the enlarger. Inspired by his
fathers love of movies, he took up the camera early. He quickly
progressed to his fathers Bolex, and made his first film "Film
Exercise" at the, University of Auckland. This short, which played to
acclaim at the Sydney Film Festival, garnered Rodney a place at the
prestigious Royal College of Art in London, where Charters' fellow
students included such names as Directors: Tony Scott, Richard
Longcraine, and D.P. Stephen Goldblatt A.S.C. Upon
graduation, Charters worked briefly on commercials while living in
London. Immediately following a short stint in the US, Charters was
chosen to work on documentaries in Toronto for a Canadian Network. He
spent 15 years traveling the world -- shooting on location in such
exotic spots as 5 months in the jungles of South America and 4 months
in the Soviet Union during the cold war. Charters eventually moved
into the world of drama after Toronto DP Mark Irwin A.S.C. tapped him
to shoot Second Unit on a Toronto based feature called "Youngblood".
Charters returned briefly to documentaries and after winning a Canadian
Genie for best cinematography he turned full time to Drama.
As a self taught Mac guru, Rodney has embraced the remarkable changes taking
place in the technological side of how movies are made. Working on some
of the very first morphs to make it to the big screen with VFX
Supervisor Jeff Okun on the the picture "Sleepwalkers" he learned to
transform humans into cats and Chevy's into Fords.
After several years of American TV work in Toronto and Vancouver,
Charters made the move to the US for Don Johnson's first season of
"Nash Bridges". Charters continued to work steadily on numerous TV
Drama's, and several Feature Films which he lensed during this
period. As a DGA member for several years he has directed 11 hours of
episodic TV including 2 episodes of "24". However, in recent years, the
vast majority of Charters work has been as a D.P. in Episodic
TV. Charters spends the bulk of his hiatus, doing either small
Features, or TV Movies, which allow a nice break from the schedule of
TV Drama. Currenty, Charters is the DP on the highly successful Award
winning Fox series "24", which stars Kiefer Sutherland. He is
inspired by his wife Gillian, and 3 wonderful children: May, Jasmin,
and Robin who are all devoted to the love of filmmaking.