Paolo Cascio found his dream at the age of 16 after seeing a movie being filmed at Alcatraz Island during a family vacation in the spring of 1979. The native Chicagoan learned the fundamentals of photography via a photo book and cassette tape which his father bought him, along with his first 35mm camera. During his high school years he spent most of his free time shooting roll after roll of black and white film and printing his own pictures in a darkroom he built in his parents house.
After high school Paolo attended William Rainey Harper Community College, studying liberal arts classes and working for the schools newspaper where he photographed concerts with Buddy Rich and Muddy Waters, the latter earning him a photo-journalism award given by the state of Illinois. Cascio later transferred to Columbia College Chicago, where he spent 2 years studying film and learning the art and mechanics of cinematography with fellow classmates Janus Kaminski (Shindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan) and Mauro Fiore (Training Day, Avatar)
Cascio landed his first professional job at age 20, working on the film Lucas, and earned his first screen credit on the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. For the past 20+ years Cascio has earned over 100 credits on feature films, television shows, music videos, and documentaries, and has worked in every classification in the camera department. His unique style and creative talent has earned him 2 Best Cinematography nominations in 2007 & 2008 for his work on “A Good Day” and “Unbound” and in 2009 he received an Emerging Cinematographer Award by his peers for the short film “Almost Perfect”, directed by Oscar nominated editor Dean Goodhill (The Fugitive)
Some of Paolo’s current projects include the recently released indie film The Big Shot Caller, which was directed by award winning music video director Marlene Rhein, and the soon to be released film C.L.A.S.S. starring Tom Sizemore. He also shot the music video for the the song Cry Little Sister for the HBO series True Blood. Paolo has been a member of ICG Local 600 since 1987, and is represented by Gersh in Beverly Hills. Paolo has been a local Playa del Rey resident since 2008. For more on Paolo or to view his work please visit his website at www.pchollywood.com