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

Magnum P.I. (remake)

2018, Cinematographer - Television

Dynasty (remake)

2017 - 2018, Cinematographer - Television

Going in Style

2017, Cinematographer - Film

Jay-Z: Legacy

2017, Cinematographer - Short Film

The Shannara Chronicles

2016 - 2017, Cinematographer - Television

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

2016 - 2017, Cinematographer - Television

Marked

2014, Cinematographer - Short Film

Mosaic of Life

2014, Cinematographer - Television

The Last Ship

2016, Cinematographer - Television

The Fosters

2013 - 2018, Cinematographer - Television

They Die by Dawn

2013, Cinematographer - Film

Dallas (TV sequel)

2012 - 2014, Director, Cinematographer - Television

Nashville (TV remake)

2012 - 2018, Cinematographer - Television

Alphas

2011 - 2012, Cinematographer - Television

Charlie's Angels (TV remake)

2011, Cinematographer - Television

Shameless

2011 - 2013, Cinematographer - Television

The Travelling Movie Band

2011, Executive Producer - Film

Australians Hit Hollywood

2009, Subject - Short Film

Dollhouse

2009 - 2010, Cinematographer - Television

Lovers in a Dangerous Time

2009, Co-Producer - Film

24 - Redemption

2008, Cinematographer - Television

Night Life

2008, Cinematographer - Television

The Rookie: Day 3 Extraction

2008, Director, Cinematographer - Web

The Rookie: CTU

2007, Director, Cinematographer - Television

An American Girl on the Home Front

2006, Cinematographer - Television

A Very Married Christmas

2004, Cinematographer - Television

Pixel Perfect

2004, Cinematographer - Television

Sounder

2003, Cinematographer - Television

A Ring of Endless Light

2002, Cinematographer - Television

24

2001 - 2010, Cinematographer, Director - Television

Kiss My Act

2001, Cinematographer - Television

Intern

2000, Cinematographer - Film

Horse Sense

1999, Cinematographer - Television

Roswell

2001 - 2002, Director, Cinematographer - Television

Blind Faith

1998, Cinematographer - Film

Brink!

1998, Cinematographer - Television

Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan

1997, Cinematographer - Television

Kull the Conqueror

1997, Cinematographer - Film

Like Father, Like Son

1997, Cinematographer - Television

Nash Bridges

1996 - 2001, Cinematographer - Television

Conundrum

1996, Cinematographer - Television

Profit

1996, Cinematographer - Television

The Pretender (American TV series)

1998 - 2000, Director, Cinematographer - Television

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

1997, Director - Television

Car 54, Where Are You?

1994, Cinematographer - Film

Deadly Vows

1994, Cinematographer - Television

M.A.N.T.I.S

1994 - 1995, Cinematographer - Television

TekWar

1994, Cinematographer - Television

The Babymaker

1994, Cinematographer - Film

Traps

1994, Cinematographer - Television

Bonds of Love

1993, Cinematographer - Television

Nightmare Cafe

1992, Cinematographer - Television

Shadow of a Stranger

1992, Cinematographer - Television

Sleepwalkers

1992, Cinematographer - Film

The Fifth Corner

1992, Cinematographer - Television

The Hat Squad

1992 - 1993, Cinematographer - Television

Fly by Night

1991, Cinematographer - Television

Scales of Justice

1991, Cinematographer - Television

Sweet Poison

1991, Cinematographer - Television

The Commish

1991 - 1996, Cinematographer - Television

Psycho IV - The Beginning

1990, Cinematographer - Television

Friday 13th - The Series

1987 - 1990, Director - Television

Friday the 13th: The Series

1987 - 1990, Cinematographer, Director - Television

Heaven on Earth

1987, Cinematographer - Television

Juju Music

1987, Cinematographer - Television

Adderly

1986, Cinematographer - Television

Women of the World

1986, Cinematographer - Television

Youngblood

1986, Second Unit Camera - Film

The Ray Bradbury Theatre

1985, Second Unit Camera - Television

Room One

1968, Camera - Short Film

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.