John Wittmayer has been working in the BC film industry since 1985. He’s a senior member of the Directors Guild of Canada – BC District. He has worked on over 60 TV movies, feature films, TV series, documentary films, and TV commercials as a location manager, production manager, and producer.
In 2015, he started and became the CEO/General Manager of The Ridge Film Studio in Maple Ridge. He has hosted over 55 film projects at the studio to date. Through his previous work as a location manager, he was instrumental in bringing film production outside of the Metro Vancouver area and into Lower Mainland communities. In 2016, he began the Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film which showcased made-in-BC films and student films.
John has scouted film locations throughout the Kootenays. He was part of the film crew for the feature film Magic in the Water in the Kaslo area in 1995, landed the TV movie Christmas Miracle in 2005 which used locations in Queens Bay and Nelson, and he helped land the feature film The Tall Man which filmed in Salmo, Ymir, and Nelson in 2010.
As the film commissioner for the Kootenay region, he aims to market the Kootenays as a premiere film destination and offer his assistance to help pave the way for filmmakers to bring their projects here. John has lived in the Kootenays since 2005 and currently resides in the Slocan Valley.