Elliot Rodger, who police say was the Santa Barbara-area shooter, was the son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger. His father isn’t all-too well known in Tinseltown, except for his work on the first installation of the “Hunger Games,” which brought him a noteworthy credit in 2012.
Rodger worked as one of five second-unit directors for the film. The movie, which was directed by Gary Ross, takes place in a dystopian world where teens fight each other to the death in a reality television-type scenario. According to the Internet Movie Database, it was filmed in various North Carolina locations.
“The Hunger Games,” the film that arguably launched Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth into stardom, cost $80 million to make and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide. The film also featured Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley and Lenny Kravitz in smaller roles.
Before the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ movie, Rodger worked on a 2009 documentary called "Oh My God.” It asked people from different backgrounds what God meant to them. Though it cost almost $1.3 million to make, it only grossed about $38,000, the Associated Press revealed.
According to his IMDB.com page, Rodger is currently working as an assistant director on an animated short called "Amazon: Crossroads to Survival."
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His father, George Rodger, was a renowned British war photographer who co-founded the Magnum photo agency.
The suspected shooter’s family believes their son is responsible for the death of six people in California. On behalf of the family, Alan Shifman, Peter Rodger’s attorney, released a statement on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
Shifman said in the statement, “The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy. We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved.”
The lawyer added the "family believes the child was the perpetrator.” The Rodger family is "devastated" and hasn’t made a public appearance but will reportedly cooperate with investigators. According to the BBC, Elliot had Asperger’s syndrome and trouble making friends.