John Roney is an underwater videographer and film & television editor from Vancouver Island, Canada.
John has worked as a professional underwater videographer documenting marine life across the world, from the cold waters of Canada to the farthest reaches of Indonesia.
While working a video editor with SeaLegacy, John collaborated alongside some of the most experienced and renowned photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers working on behalf of our oceans. His work with SeaLegacy can be seen in Sony's SeaLegacy The Voyage, an adventure series that follows Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, as they sail across the world on a mission of conservation aboard the SeaLegacy 1. His other recent ocean conservation editing work can be seen in Only One's Tide Turner series, which highlights change-makers making a vital impact for the global ocean.
His recent television work can be seen in the 13 part APTN series 'Ocean Warriors: Mission Ready'. The series follows the Indigenous men and women of the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary, who’s mission is to ensure effective marine search and rescue services for people in distress throughout British Columbia’s coastal region. The series is now streaming on AppleTV.
John is a member of the Canadian Conservation Photographers Collective.
Previously, John worked as the Senior Video Editor at M1Films, where he primarily worked in documentary and reality TV, while also creating commercials for such clients as Microsoft, The Royal BC Museum, The Robert Bateman Foundation, Shockwave Seats, Nimmo Bay, The Wickaninnish Inn, and the University of Victoria.
With Media One, notable projects John worked on include Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket, a feature length documentary which follows one artist’s journey to understand the experiences of Residential School survivors, and The Oaklands Totem, a documentary about an elementary school challenging the status quo of Indigenous studies.
John is passionate about ocean conservation, and when he's not in the edit suite, he can be found beneath the sea capturing footage of sea life and marine ecosystems. While his diving has taken him across Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico, the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest will always be his home.
John holds a Bachelor's Degree in Motion Picture Arts from Capilano University.
Frequently Asked Questions
What gear do you use for filming?
Here is a complete list of my underwater gear.
Where are you located?
I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Favourite Dive Site?
I most frequently dive at Ogden Point in Victoria, BC. The rocky shelves are home to wolf eels, octopus, lingcod, plumose anemones and so much more. It's a perfect representation of the diversity found in the Salish Sea.
Are you open to collaborations?
If you're looking for an underwater videographer or would like to collaborate on conservation initiatives, you can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org