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Cinematography Department

Piero Basso, Aic Piero Basso, AIC
Chair of Cinematography

Born in northern Italy, Piero Basso received his Laurea di Dottore in Cinema and Art Studies from the University of Turin and is a member of the Italian Society of Cinematographers, AIC. He has photographed 14 features and television series, as well as numerous short films and documentaries that have been presented and received awards at festivals around the world, including Venice (Competition), Cannes (Semaine), Locarno (Competition). Some of his work has also received nominations at the European Film Awards and for the David di Donatello. The strongest characteristics of Piero's work are his eloquent fusion of lighting and perspective, connected with a deep understanding of the moviemaking process, and great capacity for adaptation amid varied and demanding conditions. In 2008, Piero relocated from Rome to New York City, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Arsenio Assin Arsenio Assin

Arsenio G. Assin received his BFA from City College of New York's Picker Institute in Film and Media Studies. He worked for several years in New York’s film industry, ranging from music videos, documentaries, commercials, industrials, ENG, and independent shorts and features. It was during this time that he explored the different departments, working as a grip, sound, electrician, AC, and eventually DOP. He has worked from bigger productions, such as an AC for the New York crew of “Eyes Wide Shut,” to smaller productions of independent companies, such as Troma Entertainment.

Luigi Benvisto Luigi Benvisto

Luigi Benvisto, A.I.C. is an IATSE International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 cinematographer, an active member of the A.I.C. (Association of Italian Cinematographers), and an active member of the Imago. Luigi has over 10 years of experience as cinematographer. In 2015 he worked on the movie "Cloud Kumo," which received the 2016 Student Academy Award and the 2016 Golden Eagle Award, among other prestigious awards worldwide. The projects he worked on have received dozens of awards, from Cannes to the Oscars.

John Foster John Foster

As a Director of Photography for film and video, John Foster has shot eighteen feature films. He has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and the films he has shot have won many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

Aside from his work as a cinematographer, John also received filmmaking grants from the American Film Institute and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Daniele Napolitano Daniele Napolitano

Daniele Napolitano is a working cinematographer. After craduating from the D.A.M.S. film school in Bologna, he moved to New York City and launched his professional career after attending NYFA's Filmmaking and Cinematography programs. Daniele's works include numerous award-winning shorts; five independent narrative feature films that received worldwide distribution; music videos with artists of the caliber of Busta Rhymes and Eros Ramazzotti that totaled multi-million views on Youtube and social media channels; and commercial work for clients like Weight Watchers, Fujifilm, L'Officiel, and Ermanno Scervino, among others. Currently, Daniele is in pre-production for a feature film in France ("Online Billie") and a drama based on the real-life story of Vincent Smothers ("Made in Detroit").

Till Neumann Till Neumann

Till N. Neumann was born and raised in Munich, Germany. He worked in film production before coming to New York City, where he worked as a cinematographer. Till has compiled an impressive resume, shooting over 30 short films, numerous commercials, music videos, and over 10 feature films, as well as directing numerous commercials, shorts and a feature film. Till Neumann’s work on “El Camino” received great reviews by Roger Ebert. He received the Best Cinematography award for his film “The Bakery” at the Interpret Film Festival; a special award for his cinematography at the CineVegas Festival for his work on “5up 2down”; and best short film awards for “The Strange Case of Marie France” at the Newport International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Ray Preziosi Ray Preziosi

Primarily a feature film director of photography, Ray Preziosi’s film credits include: “Topsy and Bunker” with Kathy Najimi; “Italian Movie” with James Gandolfini; "Frog and Wombat" featuring Ronny Cox and Lindsay Wagner; "Big Packages"; and the Victorian era period film "Family Secrets." Working with Saul and Elaine Bass, Ray Preziosi shot title sequences for "A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford, and "Casino," directed by Martin Scorsese. Besides feature film experience, Ray Preziosi has also photographed many short films.

Ray’s documentary credits include "NY TV by the People Who Made It," for which he received an Emmy nomination. A few of Ray’s nationally airing documentaries include "The Music of Ireland" series; History Channel's Mega-Movers "Intrepid: On the Move"; "Francis Scott Key and the Song that Built America"; and "FS Key, After the Song," among others.

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