Gaetano Campolongo has been selected as the 1st Assistant Camera for the final shooting weekend in August for the upcoming political thriller Enhanced Interrogation.
Director Terry R. Wickham says, “Adrian wanted Gaetano for that important position based on his experience and skill behind the camera.
Through my conversations with Gaetano, I can tell he’s very passionate about film. I have a good feeling that he is going to absolutely support Adrian and bring a lot to our production. ”
In Gaetano’s own words, “I’m Gaetano Campolongo, an Italian guy born and raised in Naples, a beautiful city in the south of Italy. At a very young age, I discovered a passion for movies thanks to an old friend. Through the lens of some of the best directors, such as Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Roberto Rossellini I was able to better understand the art of filmmaking. Their movies whether it be silent, black and white or just simply oldies I started to see what it meant to tell a story through a lens, a camera and an actor.
I am Camera Assistant with a few years of experience in the camera department. I have had the opportunity to work on differents sets from narrative feature film to music video from corporate and commercials to documentaries. I started my career in Italy as video assist and utility, since then I had the chance to know and have a hands-on experience with various cameras systems from Arriflex 35mm and Aaton Penelope to digital cameras like Arri Alexa, Red and Sony.
Since moving to the U.S. I have continued pursuing my passion and dream to become a filmmaker. The film set became my school, a hands-on way to expand my knowledge. As I worked through the different roles of Camera PA up to First Camera Assistant I have had the opportunity to operate different cameras but more importantly have had experience to work with amazing Directors of Photography whose ideas and insights into this world of filming I will carry as I continue pursuing my goal of becoming a filmmaker. “