About Us

With World Headquarters located in Portland, Oregon, Uncage the Soul is a full service production house offering everything from story and creative development through post-production. We specialize in unique, dynamic, and cinematic storytelling avenues to expand your vision and use our passion to challenge the impossible and deliver the unexpected.

John Waller

Founder of Uncage the Soul Productions, John has spent over two decades producing, directing and editing for various commercial shorts and award-winning adventure documentaries. As former Board President of ‘Photo of the Year’ and instructor at NW Documentary, John thrives on giving back to the community and encouraging future generations of creators and explorers. Whether it’s producing a project, standing behind the camera, nestled in the editing studio, or exploring in the Oregon backcountry, John is ready to welcome the next creative adventure.

Ben Canales

Growing up as a New Jersey native, Ben made his way in 2008 to the Pacific Northwest. Continuously inspired by this spectacular landscape, Ben’s focus and background is in specialized timelapse and night photography. In addition to winning the 2011 National Geographic Travel ‘Photo of the Year,  Ben’s work has been commercially showcased in both digital and print publications resulting in international  recognition. As UTS’s main DP, and with his contagious enthusiasm, dedication, and experience for innovative visual media, Ben curates UTS into a cutting edge platform.



“Working with Uncage the Soul Productions has been an unbelievable experience. We’re all familiar with their extraordinary videography but we were equally blown away with their ability to scout, coordinate and balance our needs and those of our (many) partners. If you’re looking for a high quality production company to truly partner with in generating a visually compelling piece in your vision, you should consider Portland based Uncage the Soul.”

– Jared Wiener, Portland Development Commission


“Uncage the Soul has been one of the most important and impactful parts of our market penetration, growth and Brand presence over the past four years. Hiring them was a bit of a risk, as they were industry outsiders; however, their willingness to completely immerse into our Brand combined with the inherent skills as story-tellers has made us stand out in our industry in ways that no other Brand in our industry does. Aside from the obvious gifts and talents they have as visual artists, they are simply great guys who listen to what we want and are relentless on making it happen.”

– Kent Thomas, Director of Marketing, Crimson Trace


“UTS is in a class all of their own. They dream big and execute with precision. They are original and authentic. They are professionals in the truest sense. Collaborating with them is a creative privilege.”

– David Rae, President 503 LLC & Chief Curator TEDxPortland


“We approached Uncage the Soul to create a video to inspire travel to the Oregon Coast during the Winter season. We’re very pleased with the final video that John and Ben delivered on behalf of The People’s Coast. It’s a beautiful work of art that has moved consumers waybeyond our expectations…sharing of the video has gone viral. We appreciate Uncage the Soul’s artistic vision and dedication to excellence.”

– Michael Sturdevant, Director of Global Marketing Services, Travel Oregon

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