‘Hunger Games’ career high for father of shooter

The Associated Press

Peter Rodger, who believes his son was the lone gunman in a Santa Barbara-area shooting rampage, has not been a major player in Hollywood, yet his work as an assistant director on the first installment of the wildly successful “Hunger Games” series in 2012 brought him a notable credit.

Rodger’s job was as a second-unit director, one of five on the film responsible for production away from the principal set. Directed by Gary Ross, “The Hunger Games” tells of a dystopian world where teens fight each other to the death in a televised spectacle. The film, which cost about $80 million to make and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide, was shot in locations throughout North Carolina, according to IMDB.com, an Internet movie database.

Rodger’s other noteworthy credit was a 2009 documentary called “Oh My God.” The film, which asked people from various backgrounds about what God was to them, cost nearly $1.3 million to make but grossed only about $38,000.

Rodger is currently listed as working as an assistant director on an animated short called “Amazon: Crossroads to Survival.”

He is the son of the late George Rodger, a renowned British war photographer who went on to found the Magnum photo agency.

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