John Giannini

Los Angeles, California

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I'm an experienced camera operator and DP for documentary films, corporate videos, and television news features. I am a veteran filmmaker, video journalist, and photojournalist. I have covered major stories all over the world for some of the world’s major international news agencies, networks, news magazines & newspapers, including PBS, ABC, BBC, The New York Times, Time, Life, Newsweek and international photo agencies.

I was the first staff photographer based in China for Agence France-Presse. I continue to produce stories for AFPTV, the video division of AFP.

I have lived in the world’s major capitals - Paris, London, Beijing, Hong Kong - and traveled some of the world’s most dangerous back roads - Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Nicaragua to name a few.

I produced Taking the Beach for ABC News NIGHTLINE to mark the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. I was unit photographer on Errol Morris’ first documentary The Gates of Heaven. I've worked on many documentaries with director George Csicsery, including Where the Heart Roams, N is a Number, Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem and Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing Shen Chern. I am currently DP on Csicsery's License to Tell.

My feature length documentary FINALLY A VOICE: The Birth of the Vietnam Veterans of American was released in 2015. Also in 2015, my film ALDO GIANNINI - SERGEANT - USMC won Best Documentary Short at the GI Film Festival San Diego.

I have been in the industry since 1979.

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