DP Ross Riege was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, the son of a professional opera singer and string bass player, Riege and his sister Sarah were raised in a world full of music. After attending film school at NYU, Riege moved to Los Angeles where he shot second unit on the 35mm anamorphic feature Redland in Northern California for six weeks.
His next feature was The Kings of Summer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was picked up and released by CBS Films. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a script by Chris Galletta, Kings of Summer follows in the footsteps of edgy pre-teen dramas like Stand by Me and Amblin-esque films such as The Goonies and E.T. Riege’s cinematography earned rave reviews from outlets such as Indiewire and Hitfix; THR compared the quality to the filmmaking of that of Terrence Malick.
He went on to shoot a feature documentary, The Great Alone, capturing the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey. Directed by Greg Kohs, Riege and his crew braved the Alaskan snow while camping on the tundra to follow Mackey and his team of winning sled-dogs during the grueling 13-day race.
From there, Riege lensed Me Him Her for director Max Landis and Big Beach Films. The narrative feature follows three twenty-somethings who collide in Los Angeles and confront twists in their sexual identities and personal lives.
Riege’s television credits include ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, The Catch, Selfie, FX’s You’re the Worst, Comedy Central’s Mash Up (also with Vogt-Roberts) and most recently Queen America, for Facebook Watch.
A member of IATSE 600, Riege lives in Los Angeles and is represented worldwide by Dattner Dispoto and Associates.