tahnei  roy


Tahnei Roy was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. While growing up, Tahnei loved spending time outdoors; bodysurfing, hiking, surfing and playing water polo were some of her favorite pastimes. Tahnei bought her first video camera and a water housing when she was 14 years old. With Hawaii’s pristine environment as a backdrop she started to make short films capturing the adventures she would go on across the Hawaiian Islands. After graduating from high school, Tahnei moved to Huntington Beach to attend college at Golden West where she played water polo and swam competitively on their championship teams. Tahnei attributes her athletic, hardworking lifestyle as the main components of her success and character. After two years at Golden West, Tahnei transferred to The Art Institute of California — Orange County, where she was able to completely focus on her passion for cinematography. While attending her first year at The Art Institute, she excelled in her camerawork and started creating lifestyle films and documentaries. During her senior year at The Art Institute, she completed two internships at Billabong and Lightning Bolt while being enrolled in seven classes and making it onto the Dean’s Honor Roll. She worked in Billabong and Lightning Bolt’s photography and film departments and also spent time on her senior thesis documentary. For Tahnei's senior film she created a documentary on the iconic hawaiian surfboard brand, Lightning Bolt and its influence on the surf culture of the 1970’s. She plans on entering her documentary into film festivals this year. Tahnei’s lifetime experience has shaped her understandings and motivated her film work towards protecting and conserving the Earth’s environment.