New York-based operator Rodney Lamborn was raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, and studied photography at a two-year college, before later majoring in filmmaking at Brigham Young University. After earning his degree, Lamborn moved to the East Coast where he began his career as a PA. He was hired to shoot footage for a documentary about Chechnya called Immortal Fortress - the first of several documentaries he worked on in war zones before transitioning to narrative filmmaking.
Lamborn made a few trips to beaches in Mexico where he shot time-lapse footage of the moon and stars. Brian Bowman, a creative director at Digital Kitchen, saw that footage and became enthusiastic about building a short film around those time-lapse images. That was the genesis of Meridian. He contacted Lamborn and collaborated with him as a co-director on the production of the film.
"We spent a night in the penthouse suite of the Hotel on Rivington in New York City filming a friend who is a model," Lamborn remarks. "The story is quite vague and ambiguous, which allows the audience to bring their own experiences and sensibilities to it. Meridian led to opportunities for me to shoot beauty and fashion work, which was one of my goals. The moral is to find a way to shoot films you are passionate about and good things will happen."