After winning a student Emmy for technical achievement in 2005 for a local public service announcement, John Berardo ventured to California to begin his career as a director. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, John graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a BA in Theatre directing and playwriting. During his time at USC, John has directed, written, and produced a number of short films and projects for CBS, Disney, Vimeo, MTV, a fresh artist Subway webseries, and for non-profit organizations such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Save the Children, and the MPAA. A PSA he directed, Post and Text Responsibly, was aired on CBS and nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy in the 2014 Best Public Service Announcement category. He recently finished a short promotional film for Giorgio Armani's Films of City frames series, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Since graduating from the cinema school, John continued his work and interests in cinema for social awareness with the USC Media Institute for Social Change. Along with fellow USC MFA production graduate, Brian Frager, John started a production company, Shatterproof Films. Shatterproof Films launched in August of 2013, offering services in all production stages for short form and commercial content. They are currently finishing a documentary for the Sunset Marquis 2015 Summer Concert Series and preparing for their first feature film. John has recently directed a short film, Strings, produced by James Franco as part of the feature anthology, The Labyrinth, set to premiere at Screamfest LA on October 18th, 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.