Russell Gienapp

Cinematographer / Director

Russell Gienapp is a Toronto based cinematographer / director with over 25 years capturing story. His diverse experience ranges from social issue documentaries to projects with themes of exploration & adventure and commercials. He brings to every project a unique technological understanding with an artist’s eye and a photographer’s aesthetic.

From feature documentaries to lifestyle shows he has traveled telling stories for broadcasters around the world. “Political Blind Date“, “The Chef’s Domain”, Extreme Ice Machines, “You Gotta Eat Here!”, “Company Town“, “Gambling on Extinction“, “Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants“, “Gold Medal Plates: The Quest For Canada’s Best Chef”, “Chef at Large” with Chef Michael Smith and “Food Hunter”. Russell recently directed and shot the highly successful social media content for Spin Master’s Fuggler campaign with over 5.5 million views on youtube. He has also shot commercials for the Canadian Turkey Growers and Sauve (Unilever). During the COIVD-19 pandemic shutdown of productions, Russell is offering an ‘in house” production; offering food styling & food photography to clients in need of commercial-grade food imagery.

He has enjoyed working on many science and natural history films; raccoons in Toronto, crows in Seattle, Asian carp on the Mississippi, puffins in Newfoundland and giraffes in Kenya for The Nature of Things (CBC). His extreme cold expertise has taken him numerous times to the high arctic and the mountains of Mongolia. Recently, he was cinematographer of “Extreme Ice Machines “ (Discovery Channel ). Projects have also taken him to the North Atlantic for Cold Water Cowboys (Discovery Channel) and searching for underwater mysteries in Laos, Philippines and Tinian Island Dive Detectives (History Channel). For Russell, “home” is anywhere there is a story to capture. DEMO REELS

Motion and Still Photographery
  • Feature documentary
  • Tabletop Food
  • Lifestyles
  • Extreme Adventrue