Nico Aguilar | Cinematographer Cambodia, Thailand & USA
Nico was born in Mexico City where as a teenager he was crewing on film school theses, commercials, and features. He worked under Trisha Ziff and Michael Nyman at 212 Berlin before studying Directing Intensive at USC School of Cinematic Arts under Michael Uno for a summer. He later began his undergraduate studies at Chapman University Dodge College, during which he was awarded the ASC Heritage Award, 1st Place Kodak International Scholarship Award, and had a film in the finalists for the Student Academy Awards. Today he works internationally as a music video, commercial, documentary, and feature film cinematographer. He recently finished his first feature film called Rock Steady Row and is in production for two more films this year.
Alberto De Coste Calla | Cinematographer & Sound Iraq, India, Mexico & USA Alberto was born in La Paz, Bolivia and later moved to the United States with his family. In his home state of Rhode Island he earned his bachelor's degree in Actuarial Mathematics. After a few years in Boston, working in IT, he decided to follow his passion for filmmaking and moved across the country to study Cinematography at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. His work has taken him around the world and has been awarded a student Emmy award & Student Academy finalist.
Prateek Damodaren | Cinematographer & Sound East Africa, Mexico City & USA
Prateek Damodaren is a cinematography graduate student at Chapman University's film school, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He has been making films since he was 19 years old, during which time he was pursing an undergraduate degree in Economics at Delhi University. He has a passion for art, social work and philosophy. Film making is a source of satisfaction for Prateek and he has professional experience through internships on feature films and television shows in India and in the US. In the future he sees himself as an independent film maker.
Brodin was raised within the San Francisco Bay Area. His Father is of Swedish descent and his Mother of Chinese descent. As someone who has grown up straddling two cultural backgrounds, Brodin has a natural interest in in telling stories that involve human nature. Brodin graduated from Chapman University, Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. With experience in multiple facets of film production, he has worked on a number of independent films and music videos as well as creative and commercial content for companies including Yahoo, Blizzard, Funny or Die, and also Whitelist.
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