“Cinematography is a writing with images in movement and with sounds.” – Robert Bresson
As a young boy, Alessandro Gentile fell in love with the Steven Spielberg’s films “Close Encounters” and “ET”. Little did Gentile know, these two films would inspire a life long passion for the cinema. Today, Gentile is a professional cinematographer influenced by the works of ASC Cinematographer’s Roger Deakins, Robert Richardson, and Vilmos Zsigmond.
In 2000, Gentile received his Bachelors Degree in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Gentile then choose to polish his Cinematography skills at the University of California at Los Angeles where he spent two years concentrating on lighting, composition, movement, and HD video capture. Post graduation, Gentile has shot numerous Independent film productions in the States and abroad.
Currently, Gentile works in the commercial world. He has provided video services to clients ranging from ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Hewlett Packard’ to ‘Nike.’ He also provides his skills in cinematography to narrative cinematic forms. His recent projects titled “Schitt’s Creek,” a television pilot directed by Eugene Levy (featuring Chris Elliott and Catherine O’Hara), and the short film, “Botes al Amanecer,” are winners of 3 best short film awards. His contribution to the feature film, “Something Real & Good,” helped this project land a VOD deal in 23 different countries around the World.
At present, Gentile is shooting a feature documentary. “The Lost City” captures an intense search for Cecil B. Demille’s lost set pieces from the historic film “The Ten Commandments” (1923). Also in pre-production is the feature film “Yasmeen,” which will be shot on location in Chicago.
As Gentile’s passion for the cinema continues to grow, he looks forward to working on projects that allow him to bring stories to life by capturing unique images for the screen.