Rory grew up in Philadelphia one of seven children to a single mother. At the age of seven moved from a foster home to live with his aunt and uncle; he was fortunate to stay with some of his siblings while others were not so lucky. Rory saw many challenges as a child growing up in urban Philadelphia. Escaping from drugs and violence he turned to television and films to help him through his pain. He saw some of the situations similar to what he had been through on screen and saw it as a platform to share his own story with others.
Rory came to understand that he was not the only person that could benefit from seeing films that were similar to his life and situation. He started watching more films and was fascinated watching director cuts learning how films were made, this escape helped him get through long deployments away from his wife and kids. After 4 years in the military, he took advantage of his benefits from serving to go back to school. He chose to go to the Art Institute of Philadelphia for hands on practical learning of TV and film. This is where he learned all the skills to become the best cinematographer he could be. He shoots with P2 based cameras and Canon DSLR’s but recently fell in love with the Sony mirrorless DSLR’s. He loves scriptwriting and looking back on his past has helped him become a better story teller, with the intentions of reaching others living a similar challenging childhood. Aiming to make change and grow people's awareness of drugs and violence that surround inner city children.