New Plymouth-bred Rodney Charters borrowed a wind up Bolex camera from his dad to make stylish short Film Exercise (1966). It helped win the Elam student a place at London's Royal College of Art. After two decades of filming adverts and documentaries globally, he began amassing more than 50 credits in Hollywood. Charters has framed high profile US TV dramas from Dollhouse and the remake of Dynasty, to 24 (for which he was twice Emmy nominated). He also shot Michael Caine robbery movie Going in Style. In 2013 Charters won a Career Achievement in TV Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

While most people think a director of photography just stands behind a camera, the job is far more complex. During the filming of 24, for example, I directed a huge crew — sometimes numbering as many as 200 technicians. In the long run, the DP is responsible for the final look of the film. Rodney Charters explains what a director of photography does, on website Zacuto
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Magnum P.I. (remake)

2018, Cinematographer - Television

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Dynasty (remake)

2017 - 2018, Cinematographer - Television

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Going in Style

2017, Cinematographer - Film

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Jay-Z: Legacy

2017, Cinematographer - Short Film

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The Shannara Chronicles

2016 - 2017, Cinematographer - Television

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

2016 - 2017, Cinematographer - Television

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Marked

2014, Cinematographer - Short Film

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Mosaic of Life

2014, Cinematographer - Television

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The Last Ship

2016, Cinematographer - Television

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The Fosters

2013 - 2018, Cinematographer - Television

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They Die by Dawn

2013, Cinematographer - Film

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Dallas (TV sequel)

2012 - 2014, Director, Cinematographer - Television

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Nashville (TV remake)

2012 - 2018, Cinematographer - Television

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Alphas

2011 - 2012, Cinematographer - Television

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Charlie's Angels (TV remake)

2011, Cinematographer - Television

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Shameless

2011 - 2013, Cinematographer - Television

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The Travelling Movie Band

2011, Executive Producer - Film

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Australians Hit Hollywood

2009, Subject - Short Film

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Dollhouse

2009 - 2010, Cinematographer - Television

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Lovers in a Dangerous Time

2009, Co-Producer - Film

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24 - Redemption

2008, Cinematographer - Television

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Night Life

2008, Cinematographer - Television

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The Rookie: Day 3 Extraction

2008, Director, Cinematographer - Web

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The Rookie: CTU

2007, Director, Cinematographer - Television

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An American Girl on the Home Front

2006, Cinematographer - Television

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A Very Married Christmas

2004, Cinematographer - Television

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Pixel Perfect

2004, Cinematographer - Television

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Sounder

2003, Cinematographer - Television

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A Ring of Endless Light

2002, Cinematographer - Television

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24

2001 - 2010, Cinematographer, Director - Television

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Kiss My Act

2001, Cinematographer - Television

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Intern

2000, Cinematographer - Film

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Horse Sense

1999, Cinematographer - Television

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Roswell

2001 - 2002, Director, Cinematographer - Television

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Blind Faith

1998, Cinematographer - Film

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Brink!

1998, Cinematographer - Television

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Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan

1997, Cinematographer - Television

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Kull the Conqueror

1997, Cinematographer - Film

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Like Father, Like Son

1997, Cinematographer - Television

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Nash Bridges

1996 - 2001, Cinematographer - Television

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Conundrum

1996, Cinematographer - Television

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Profit

1996, Cinematographer - Television

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The Pretender (American TV series)

1998 - 2000, Director, Cinematographer - Television

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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

1997, Director - Television

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Car 54, Where Are You?

1994, Cinematographer - Film

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Deadly Vows

1994, Cinematographer - Television

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M.A.N.T.I.S

1994 - 1995, Cinematographer - Television

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TekWar

1994, Cinematographer - Television

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The Babymaker

1994, Cinematographer - Film

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Traps

1994, Cinematographer - Television

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Bonds of Love

1993, Cinematographer - Television

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Nightmare Cafe

1992, Cinematographer - Television

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Shadow of a Stranger

1992, Cinematographer - Television

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Sleepwalkers

1992, Cinematographer - Film

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The Fifth Corner

1992, Cinematographer - Television

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The Hat Squad

1992 - 1993, Cinematographer - Television

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Fly by Night

1991, Cinematographer - Television

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Scales of Justice

1991, Cinematographer - Television

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Sweet Poison

1991, Cinematographer - Television

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The Commish

1991 - 1996, Cinematographer - Television

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Psycho IV - The Beginning

1990, Cinematographer - Television

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Friday 13th - The Series

1987 - 1990, Director - Television

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Friday the 13th: The Series

1987 - 1990, Cinematographer, Director - Television

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Heaven on Earth

1987, Cinematographer - Television

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Juju Music

1987, Cinematographer - Television

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Adderly

1986, Cinematographer - Television

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Women of the World

1986, Cinematographer - Television

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Youngblood

1986, Second Unit Camera - Film

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The Ray Bradbury Theatre

1985, Second Unit Camera - Television

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Room One

1968, Camera - Short Film

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Film Exercise

1966, Director, Camera, Editor - Short Film

Man. Woman. Motorcycle. Beach. Road. This short film makes clear that Rodney Charters had a certain way with images, long before he got busy shooting television (24, Roswell) in the USA. Charters directed Film Exercise while he was an arts student in Auckland in the 1960s. It helped him win a place at London's Royal College of Art. Favouring music and unusual angles over dialogue, the film celebrates the joys of being young and on the move, while capturing scenes of Auckland nightlife including a Mt Eden party. The La De Da's supply the custom-built soundtrack.