As a young boy, Alessandro Gentile fell in love with 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 Roger Deakins (“Broken”, “No Country for Old Men”, “Fargo”, and “The Shawshank Redemption”).
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, camera movement, and HD video capture. Post graduation, Gentile has shot numerous Independent and commercial 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’ 'Fujikura Golf' to 'The City of Huntington Beach' and ‘Nitro Snowboards' 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 has completed the 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), “Winter” a feature film about two Syrian siblings displaced from their home country, and television series projects for Pop TV, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Destination America, and MYX TV. Gentile's work has presented at such film festivals as Canne, Santa Barbara Int'l, San Diego Int'l, San Diego Latino, Holly Shorts, Downtown Los Angeles, just to name a few.
On his off time Gentile enjoys spending time with his family in Burbank, California, hiking in the local mountains, playing tennis, surfing, riding a long board skateboarding and participating in an occasional game of soccer.
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.