John Driftmier - Director / Cameraman


I’m a factual TV director and camera operator based in Ottawa, ON.

From the depths of Amazon Jungle to the barren Canadian arctic, my work has taken me around the world. In the last year alone I have filmed in over 30 countries on Dangerous Flights, an exciting new Discovery series that follows a company of ferry pilots, who deliver small second hand airplanes around the world.

While I love shooting in warm tropical climates, I keep finding myself going North in the winter. I just wrapped production on Discovery Channel’s series Highway Thru Hell, which follows the heavy rescue team of Jamie Davis Towing, as they remove semi truck wreckage from the winter highways of BC.

The 3 winters before were spent in the Arctic, shooting License to Drill, a show about oil exploration in the north, and 2 seasons of Ice Pilots NWT, a docu-drama series about Buffalo Airways, an airline in the North West Territories that flies a fleet of World War II era airplanes around the arctic. Ice Pilots airs on History Television, and License to Drill airs on Discovery.

Why do I keep going north in the winter? That is a question I ask myself every time my lens fogs up and eye gets frozen to the viewfinder. The answer is simple; I crave adventure on my shoots, and love traveling.

I have directed a number of other series such as Monster Moves, All For Nothing, and Heavy Haulers, which air on Discovery, W, and TLC.

When I’m not on location shooting, I am actively developing concepts for new documentary and reality series. I am currently have 4 exciting projects in development, and one green-lit series with Discovery Channel called PYROS. PYROS is an 8 part documentary series following an elite team of fireworks pyrotechs as they travel the globe detonating the biggest and most exciting fireworks displays in the world. The show was developed in collaboration with Tyson Media, and is now being produced by OMNI films.  Please contact me to learn more.

My humble start in film and television began at the Simon Fraser University Film Program, where I created several short films that have screened at festivals around the world garnering numerous awards.

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