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I pursued my passion for film at Columbia College Chicago, specializing in cinematography and film production, with additional studies in television. After graduating, I secured a role as a camera technician at a local rental house, where I prepared camera packages for commercials, episodic television, and feature films. This position was instrumental in building key relationships within the local film community, which propelled my freelance career. My early projects included local commercials and industrial films, eventually leading to larger opportunities, such as earning my first screen credit on the feature film “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” directed by the legendary John Hughes.

Over the past three decades, my enthusiasm for the creative process has driven me to collaborate on hundreds of projects. My experience spans feature films, episodic television, national and regional commercials, stadium concerts, sporting events, documentaries, and corporate conferences. Beyond production, I have shared my knowledge by teaching at universities, conferences, and workshops both domestically and internationally. I also developed the masterclass series “Filmmaking for Photographers,” aimed at helping photographers of all levels transition into filmmaking by learning the proper fundamentals and techniques.

Throughout my career, I have adhered to the principles of giving my best each day, working hard, maintaining a positive attitude, and learning from every project. Mastering camera and lighting equipment is essential, but equally important is the ability to use these tools creatively to tell compelling stories and evoke emotion. Now that I’ve shared my journey, I look forward to the opportunity to help tell yours.

Now that I have shared my story, I hope to have an opportunity to tell yours…


Paolo Cascio – IMDb


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Passion Projects:

Over the past 3 decades I’ve had some amazing opportunities to work with some of the top
people in the film & television in Hollywood, and enjoyed learning from them how to develop
my own personal style and artistry to help people tell their stories. I’ve also learned the
importance of giving back, volunteering my time and becoming a mentor to the next
generation. I am always looking for ways to utilize my time and talents to get involved with
passion projects, and to serve people and organizations that would not normally have a voice
in the world. Some of my most rewarding projects have been supporting members of our
military, first responders and non profits organizations.

Awards, Press, Affiliations

Workshops-Education-Speaking Engagements