I grew up in a small Italian village, and from the time I was a child I have communicated through pictures; drawings, still photographs and film. This is possibly due to the fact that I was flunking Italian or maybe because my mother was a painter and I was fascinated by the worlds she created on canvas. Her studio was full of books of master painters and I remember learning about mood and lighting pouring through pages of Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Vermeer. This passion inspired me to chase life as a cinematographer, with a suitcase always packed up and ready to go. My career has taken me to film in places such as Japan, Mongolia, Borneo, India, Kenya, and has given me the opportunity to work with great brands such as Google, Cadillac and Nikon.
Besides my feisty wife and my adorable baby boys, there are three things that make me happy;
- The first is to trick the audience into believing what they are watching was shot in natural light, even when it was not.
- The second is to go all the way in the other direction and make people dream with highly stylized images.
- The third is to create an atmosphere in which the director and my team are comfortable on set. The story we are telling is always the most important thing, which is why I strive to be a collaborator. Great work comes from an inspired team.
I love to be challenged.