Athan Merrick

Cinematographer + Director of Photography Vancouver, BC
Action Sports


Director of Photography and Producer for documentary Numinous. Produced by Dendrite Studios and directed by Nicolas Teichrob and Kye Petersen. Best Cinematography Short Documentary (50 mins) Leo Awards (BC Film Awards). Best Cinematography, IF3 Festival. Ski Movie of the Year, Powder Awards. More awards in description below.

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NUMINOUS – a ski film by Dendrite Studios and Kye Petersen
Awed and Attracted.
He is one of the most aggressive and talented freeskiers of our age. Born and raised in the BC backcountry, with a bloodline alive with adventure and a style carved from the landscape itself, Kye Petersen is about to blow the doors off of big mountain skiing.
Fearful yet Fascinated.
Numinous explores the relationships and connections with the natural world that are necessary to safely dance with mountain faces covered in snow. Tuning out and tuning in. Shot exclusively in British Columbia, Numinous follows Kye and a cadre of fellow snow-sliders into the heart of the some of the most aesthetic and demanding landscapes around.
Overwhelmed but Ultimately Inspired.
Featuring Kye Petersen with Matty Richard, Logan Pehota, Pep Fujas, Ryland Bell, Tatum Monod, Chris Rubens, Callum Pettit, Dane Tudor, and Wiley Miller.
In association with Patagonia, Gibbons Apres Lager, Buff, Rossignol, Whistler Blackcomb, Oakley, Coast Mountain Culture and supported by Intuition, MSR, Chatter Creek, and G3.
Powder Magazine Awards 2017
- Movie of the Year
- Best Post Production
- Best Line (Logan Pehota)
- Full Throttle (Kye Petersen)
IF3 Festival 2017
- Standout Big Mountain Film
- Best Cinematography
- Best Male Freeride Segment (Kye)
Official Selection:
High Five Festival, Annecy, France 2017
The Meeting, Aspen, CO 2017
Brescia Winterfilm, Avventura & Vita Dalla Montagna, 2017
Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2017
High Five Festival, Annecy, France 2017
Russia Ski and Snowboard Festival SNOWVISION, 2017
Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, 2017
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, 2018
Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, 2018
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2018
MountainFilm, 2018
“Numinous is one of those rare ski films that takes you into the heart of the action and let’s you breathe there. Long, insane, beautifully crafted action shots mixed with lingering cinema that capture all the other parts of being in the mountains: morning mist, big snows and wild storms. It’s as beautiful as it is jaw dropping. Peaceful as it is heart thumping. A must see for anyone who loves BC in winter.”
- Mitchell Scott – Editor-in-Chief, Coast & Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine

“I think Numinous represents an ever growing change in snow sport media where the creative direction and identity is more of a collaborative effort between the skiers and the filmmakers equally. The skiers are now investing with the filmmakers and putting it all on the line to make something that truly represents themselves and the current identity of skiing in a more raw, genuine, and simple display of heart and soul than previously done, rather than stuck under somebody else’s brand or vision and merely being an actor in somebody else play. Numinous is clearly representative of the cutting edge of skiing in both talent and style on both sides of the camera and strips away the unwanted fat that other ski films fall victim of and have created something truly simple and inspiring. If you consider yourself a skier, Numinous will connect to you at the very core.” – Blake Jorgenson, Photographer

“Numinous showcases some of the most breathtaking cinematography and balls-to-the-walls big mountain skiing in the history of ski filmmaking, while cementing Kye Petersen’s status as one the sport’s most revolutionary athletes” – Jeff Schmuck, Editor of Forecast Ski Magazine

“Numinous is the ski movie surprise of this Season. But is it, really? I’ts the project we have been waiting for so long from Kye Petersen and the Numinous crew. It’s a breeze of fresh air in the ski-mountain films’ ecosystem. I believe that Numinous is already a classic and an important film for the sport of skiing. The locations and performance are world class and the cinematography on point. Numinous hit the sweet spot and is to me the coolest ski movie to come out in the past few years.” – Guillaume Tessier, Veteran Cinematographer

“Thank you @banffmountainfestival! What an honor to present with so many inspired works in film and literature! The 2 standouts I was able to watch was NUMINOUS by @kyepetersen, which… my God, maybe the best riding ever…? ” – Travis Rice, Snowboarder and Filmmaker

Full Moon

Cinematographer for women’s snowboard documentary Full Moon. Produced by Runway Films and directed by Leanne Pelosi.

Athan Merrick Cinematographer Demo Reel

Director of Photography Demo Reel. Includes all aspects of my work. Commercial, music video, narrative, art film, documentary, action sports, wildlife, and more. I strongly believe that every type of job informs every other type. My action sports background is beneficial to my commercial work. My documentary work is beneficial to narrative filming. I am proud of the diversity of work I have shot and believe it makes me a stronger cinematographer no matter the genre.

Winner of the 2018 CSC (Canadian Society of Cinematographers) Experimental/Unique Award for the art installation Uninterrupted.
Winner of Best Short Documentary (50 mins) Cinematography 2018 Leo Awards (BC Films Awards) for Numinous.

Based in Vancouver, BC with Canadian permanent residency and US citizenship so I can work on both sides of the border.

Athan Merrick Cinematographer Demo Reel from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

The Malibu Fable

Director, DOP, and editor for documentary for Peak Performance Clothing featuring Dave Treadway, his young family, and Willie Goldman. Produced by Dendrite Studios. Winner Best Short Film Cinematography FESCINAT. Winner Sierra Nevada Award for Action Sports The Mountain Film Festival. Official Selection of The Edinburgh Mountain, Rossland Mountain, IF3, High Five, Cold Smoke, Kendal Mountain, UptoFest, and Andrenalin Film Festivals.

The Malibu Fable from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.

Way of Life

Trailer from full length 2013 film Way of Life for clients Teton Gravity Research that I was a cinematographer on. Spent all winter shooting in Austria, Interior BC, and the Neacola Mountains in Alaska. Over 200 premieres in cities around the globe.

For some, embracing the mountains is not just part of life—it’s a way of life. The search for snow shapes not only how they approach these peaks, but also how they approach the world. And whether athletes spend their days dropping first descents in Alaska, lapping the local mountain, or training for the Olympics, they’re part of a community built around a shared passion. The bonds that form from this community transcend continents and cultures, transforming strangers into friends. After all, a smile on a powder day needs no translation.

Shot on location in 2013, Teton Gravity Research’s Way of Life takes you on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes. With stunning imagery created with GSS, Red Cinema, and the Sony Action Cam, this film explores the origins of skiing in Austria, the search for original lines in Alaska, and the U.S. Freeskiing Team’s quest for Olympic gold. The adventure also leads athletes to the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole and the Tetons, as well as the backcountry of British Columbia. Regardless of the terrain they ride, the athletes featured in Way of Life push the boundaries of what’s possible. This journey takes them across the globe as they form a brotherhood that needs no language.

Featured Athletes:
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi, Sammy Carlson, Dash Longe, Dana Flahr, Todd Ligare, Griffin Post, Angel Collison, Ian McIntosh, Dylan Hood, John Spriggs, Colter Hinchliffe, Max Hammer, Daniel Tisi, Willie Borm, and the US Olympic Freeskiing Team

Featured Locations:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Neacola Range, Alaska, Fieberbrunn, Austria; St. Anton, Austria; Zillertal-Hachfugen, Austria; Red Mountain, British Columbia; Stellar Heli, British Columbia; Selkirk Wilderness, British Columbia; Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia; Cooke City, Montana; Mammoth Mountain, California.

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Let’s Go Get Small

Cinematographer for documentary for Peak Performance Clothing featuring Dave Treadway and Henrik Windstedt. Produced by Norseman Productions and Directed by Fred Arne Wergeland. Official Selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival and IF3 and winner of The Explorer’s Award at The Cold Smoke Awards. Trailer below.

Parallels – A Short Film

Parallels is a short film produced by Dendrite Studios in April of 2011. This piece was shot for the Intersection competition at the World Ski and Board Festival in Whistler, BC.

Created in its entirety in just 7 days, this piece explores parallel experiences of the moments created by playing in the mountains.

Produced, Directed, Shot and Edited by Athan Merrick and Nicolas Teichrob.

Music: The Deep by Data Romance (​)

Thanks to all the athletes who worked hard for us!
Skiers: Dave Treadway, Daryl Treadway, Matt Elliott, Alex Prochazka, Chris Turpin, Liam Casey, Maxim Arsenault
Snowboarders: John Burr, Jake Bauer, Gabriel Fradette, Mike Osachuk

Co-Director, Co-Producer, DOP – HD Short Parallels by Dendrite Studios – WSSF Festival Intersection Finalist, Official Selection IF3, Vancouver International Mountain, Rossland Mountain, Golden Film Festivals, Cold Smoke Awards, Telluride Photo Festival, and FESCINAT. Featured on Vimeo homepage, USA Today Travel section, and Atlantic Magazine. Over 250,000 online views worldwide.