Russell Gienapp

Toronto, Ontario


About Me

New to Production Hub: I'm a Toronto based cinematographer with dual US/Canada citizenship with over 20 years of shooting documentary and commercials all over the world. With extensive broadcast doc experience covering social issue, natural history, science and themes of exploration and adventure I bring to every project a unique technological understanding, a strong grasp of the narrative and a photographer’s aesthetic.

Projects have taken me to just about every extreme conditions I can imagine; the high arctic of Canada and mountains of Mongolia, marine environments in the South Pacific to the North Atlantic, rainforests, desert and any environment that exceeds the camera manufacture's recommends.

I am equally comfortable and effective in both "fly on the wall" vérité and more scripted documentary projects, all with interviews that are approached more as environmental portraits than talking heads.

These days I am enjoying shooting projects with my 4K Panasonic Varicam LT and my documentary lighting package all on a carnet ready to travel internationally or shoot locally in Canada.

I have been in the industry since 1998.

Demo Reel
Added on 4/25/2018

Examples of my documentary and commercial work.


Director of Photography – Political Blind Date Season II
April, 2018 — May, 2018
Television – TVO
Director of Photography – Third Dive (Working Title)
February, 2018 — May, 2018
Television – CBC - POV
Director of Photography – Girls on the Bus
February, 2018 — March, 2018
Television – TVO
Co-DOP – Hello Goodbye Season II
April, 2017 — September, 2017
Television – CBC
Director of Photography – The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World
February, 2017 — May, 2017
Television – CBC, ZDF, Arte, SVT
Director of Photography – Political Blind Date Season I
January, 2017 — July, 2017
Television – TVO
Do-DOP – Hello Goodbye Season I
April, 2016 — September, 2016
Television – CBC
Director of Photography – Payday - Ep 5 (Reno)
March, 2016 — March, 2016
Television – Viceland
Co-Director / DOP – Much Too Young
February, 2016 — August, 2017
Feature – TVO
Cinematographer – Cold Water Cowboys
November, 2015 — February, 2016
Television – Discovery Channel Canada
Director of Photography – Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants
April, 2015 — July, 2015
Television – CBC (Nature of Things), PBS International, ARTE
Director of Photography – Gambling On Extinction
June, 2014 — August, 2014
Television – TVO, ZDF, Arte
co-director / cinematographer – March to the Pole
April, 2014 — April, 2014
Television – History Channel

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