John was raised New York City. While in High school, he studied to become a Civil Engineer in one of New York’s top vocational schools. After graduating high school John was immediately offered an entry-level position as a structural engineer for the MTA, New York City Transit. John declined the offer and decided on furthering his education by attending college. It took a semester to realize his true passion was not engineering it was film. He left Engineering behind and decided to pursue a career in film.
John continued his education at Five Towns College. As a freshman, he was nominated for the coveted Best Cinematography award, in a group amongst upperclassman, a first in the college’s history. He went on to receive the award the following year, which was presented to him by Sol Negrin, five-time Emmy nominee, Cinematographer and member of ASC.
Through John's career, he has had the opportunity to work with a comprehensive list of production companies in challenging environments that required quick problem solving. These projects involved professional actors such as Stephan Lang, Karen Allen, Robert Englund, Peter Riegert, Robert Clohessy, Rudolf Martin, Method Man and James Duval among many others.
A friend and mentor once said this about John, “The emotions you don’t show in life I’ve seen you convey through a set of lens, there’s a romantic connection you have with the frame.”
John Rosario explores the beauty and realism of life. He captivates the audiences subconscious by emitting emotions through the moving picture. As a visual psychiatrist, he approaches his frame like a painter, masterfully fusing light, shadow, colors and movement. John strongly believes that cinematography should never get in the way of the story; in fact it should help move it forward. "Film the story, not a demo reel".
Name: John Rosario
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Camera Operator, Cinematographer and Director of Photography
Film by Dir. Ben Samuels - Production Company: Jamie Kennedy Entertainment Cinematographer
Golden Cardellini Film Festival Best Cinematography Award