#BorneTheBattle 135: Rick Robinson – Marine Veteran, Emmy Award Winning Director of Photography, Cinematographer


Since 2015, I’ve been wanting to do a Veteran-centered podcast. One thing I look back on is my transition. Although it was stressful at times, I felt like I had a relatively good transition experience. One of my passions is trying to guide other Veterans into a similar outcome and I thought I could achieve that with a podcast. However, the timing was terrible because I had just transitioned out of the military myself, had a full-time job and was going to school in the evening.

However, that was 2015, four years later, I’m ready to take this journey.

When I, as a friend put it, “assumed command” of this podcast, I knew exactly who I wanted as my first interview. During my time as a combat videographer, Rick Robinson was a huge influence on my career by helping me develop my technical skills. In this episode, Rick shares his experiences on his deployments, drops knowledge on how he broke into Hollywood without knowing a soul, lets us in on how teaching changed his life’s pursuits and tells us how he ended up in the South Pacific for over seven years. Rick also shares his journey back to the Marine Corps, and how he currently spends his time developing the present and future military visual information specialists.

You can also follow Rick here to see his past, present and future work.

#BtBattle Veteran of the Week is Navy Reserve Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra

The full transcript for this episode can be found here.


Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.


  1. Michael T. Liefer    

    Semper Fi Sergeant Robinson!! from Mike Liefer….Glad to see one of our own get recognized!!

  2. lewis jeffrey cook    

    I am the cold war us army 666usm corp veteran who shook GODs HAND 1986 on us soil during the us army 666 reagan MADera thus cold war ended thus all govt treasuries went onto automatic piliot away from the rothschilds 1947 666 USAF tyaranical control of the us treasury but the charlatans in the 666 hollywood tv govt system that 666 reagan was to stop 01911 give me zero VA pension but i shakeing the hand of GOD am why those on VA payroll and all on us govt payroll active and retired are paid big money monthly.

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