Every artist can probably tell you when they had their special moment when they fell in love with photography. Mine came when I was 16 years old and witnessed a movie being filmed in San Francisco during a family vacation. I’ll never forget that excitement I felt when I saw that film crew and camera, and I had no idea how that experience would eventually land me behind a camera and working in Hollywood! When we returned from that trip, my dad had surprised me and bought me my first camera, and after I learned some basics on how to use it I was off to the races, always eager to learn and looking for opportunities to shoot pictures of anything I could.
In 1982 I started film school where I studied cinematography and television at Columbia College. I got to collaborate with fellow classmates making short films, and working in various positions on the crew. My education there was invaluable and helped me land my first professional job in the industry where I got to work for a prominent rental house. My job as a camera prep tech really prepared me for my freelance career which began in 1986, and in 1987 I received my first screen credit working for legendary director John Hughes on the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
The Hollywood system I was trained in provided a great foundation for learning how to tell stories and drive emotion, and I got to work with some of the most talented people in the world. Over the past 35 years I have had the pleasure of working on over 120 projects from feature films and episodic television, to commercials , music videos and documentaries.
Throughout my journey I have had many mentors that helped me learn my craft and develop my artistry. I owe a great deal of my success to them as well as my parents who raised me in a Christian home and taught me to always believe in myself, to work hard and follow my dreams. I love to collaborate with others, and as an artist I have incredible passion for the creative process.
My work is constantly taking me in new directions and I throw my heart and soul into everything that I do. The three most important things that I keep in mind with my work is to always have vision, passion and artistry in all that I do. No matter what I work on, I look forward to creating something exciting that everyone can be proud of.
You can view Paolo’s work at www.paolocascio.com “I am absolutely amazed by these lights and the power they have. They are truly game changers for me with the size, weight and flexibility to operate on battery power or AC, as well as complimenting my entire line of Profoto modifiers.” – Paolo Cascio, Cinematographer, Commercial Photographer, Educator