John Roney

What We Love: Life in the Sea

Local underwater cinematographer John Roney captures the beauty of the coast

John Roney spent two years filming life on (and under!) the water along coastal VanIsle

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, underwater cinematographer and editor John Roney’s travel plans were shelved.

So the Parksville resident decided to take his camera and capture local marine life.

“I realized I had the opportunity to just hone in and film our local wildlife rather than travelling abroad and capturing the more famous tropical creatures,” says Roney.

After two years of documenting the waters off of Vancouver Island comes the short film Beneath the Pacific Northwest.

“It was filmed all over Vancouver Island, a lot in Victoria, up in Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay area, some even in the north island,” says Roney.

“Really what made the cut for me was trying to fit in the animals that people didn’t already know about.”

Just weeks after its release on YouTube and other online platforms the video is already drawing rave reviews.

“The reception’s been awesome from both locals and around the world, so that’s been really cool,” says Roney.

Roney hopes that the project helps educate islanders and British Columbians alike about the beauty that lies beneath the waves.

“I think people don’t realize that we do have some of the best scuba diving in the world,” says Roney.

“Most people think of Vancouver Island as having murky dark waters and the visibility is pretty poor, but at the same time the amount of colour is just amazing.”

To see the full video and to see more of Roney’s work, visit his website.