Remembering John Pedone

Chinese Dragon at twilight
John Pedone operating the Whole Hog light board
John setting the lights for the Slash video

[dc]H[/dc]is self proclamation “I’m kind of famous at Burning Man”, I’ve learned was accurate as news of his untimely death spread like wildfire through that community. I knew John Pedone as a colleague and fellow technician in the film lighting industry, and for a short time a decade ago, as a room mate. I only recently became aware of his impact on the legendary annual gathering of artists and misfits in the desert, as he proudly showed me photos of the camp he co-founded there years ago. His status at Burning Man became apparent to me posthumously as I began hearing about his motorcycle accident from some of the unlikeliest sources–all attendees at one time or another at the desert festival. That he was well-known amongst a large group of creatives in southern California doesn’t surprise me as he was one of the liveliest people I have known: well-traveled, adventurous, artistic, friendly and energetic. He created colorful light shows for raves and live performances, insanely huge structures for Burning Man, jumped from airplanes and scaled rock walls.

John and I worked together on more than a few projects over the past decade, the last, and probably coolest one being a 360° video for a new album by Gun’s ‘N Roses guitarist, Slash.

John lived life at full speed and last Friday he was remembered by a gathering of friends and family who came to say goodbye in a way that I’m certain he would have truly appreciated.

RIP John Pedone 1971 – 2012

Author: Jeff Gatesman

I am a Cinematographer and still photographer. My favorite places are behind a camera or in front of a big screen.

2 thoughts on “Remembering John Pedone”

  1. FYI… John never said that “I’m almost famous at Burningman”. When he gave us the stickers last fall, he had them made up for something he heard a guy tell a girl…
    At Burningmam the point is everyone is 100% equal…
    Everyone & noone is famous…
    That’s the joke…
    Sorry the sticker dude had it wrong…
    But we do have an original sticker from Pedone and the story from his own mouth.

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