Paul Cuoco

Paul Cuoco

Producer / Director at Not Afraid!
Director, Editor, Producer and Screenwriter

Gilbert, Arizona

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February 2015
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About Paul

I am an award-winning Producer, Themed Entertainment Designer, Filmmaker, and Consultant with 20 years experience delivering some of the most spectacular story-based entertainment experiences ever created. I lead teams of talented artists, craftsmen, and technicians, to produce films, branded media, commercials, events, and attractions that are emotionally rooted in story.

As a member of Universal’s Studios Themed Entertainment Development Department, Universal Creative, I oversaw the invention, design, and installation of audio-visual and projection systems for Universal's ground-breaking media based attractions including, The Simpsons Ride, King-Kong 360 3:D, Transformers: The Ride, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

As a filmmaker, I have produced and directed a number of commercials and branded films for clients such as Volkswagen, Famous Footwear, and others. I have also written, directed, and edited several festival competition short films including the award-winning holocaust short, Inheritance, the viral micro documentary Pride of the Jaguar, and the awkward infertility comedy, The Specimen (currently being broadcast on the ShortsHD channel).

Having recently relocated from Los Angeles, CA to Gilbert, AZ, my creative consultancy Not Afraid! is now available to tell new and interesting stories, create unforgettable experiences, and help myself and my clients to thrive.

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Credits

  • Unstately

    Unstately (2018)
    TV Short by Not Afraid! (Comedy and Short) Director A mockumentary series, Unstately follows Ring Swisher, incumbent school board member, and his campaign manager, Max DeLai, when they are faced with their greatest challenge in a dozen years – an opponent.

  • Fast & Furious: Supercharged

    Fast & Furious: Supercharged (2015)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Sr. Technical Manager

  • Baby Riot!

    Baby Riot! (2013)
    Commercial by Not Afraid! Writer/Director Baby gates and dads can’t stop the determination of a trio of babies when it comes to getting their mitts on the bold cheesy taste of Doritos.

  • The Pride of The Jaguar

    The Pride of The Jaguar (2013)
    Documentary by Not Afraid! (Documentary and Short) Director A micro-documentary, exploring patient car enthusiast Jim Jones’ 22-year journey restoring a 1957 Jaguar Mark 1.

  • Tiny Victories

    Tiny Victories (2013)
    Commercial by Famous Footwear / Poptent Writer/Director/Editor An inspirational commercial for Famous Footwear. Victories come in many forms, but the most meaningful victories happen in tiny little steps.

  • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D

    Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D (2012)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative Sr. Technical Manager

  • The Specimen

    The Specimen (2012)
    Film (short) by Not Afraid! (Comedy and Short) Writer/Director/Producer Based on actual events, The Specimen is a comedic short film about a would-be father, a public restroom, and his intimate moment with a specimen cup. In this less than ideal backdrop, this hopeful dad has to battle his performance anxiety, overcome interruptions, and decide how far he’s truly willing to go to have a family.

  • VW Stories : The California Adventure

    VW Stories : The California Adventure (2012)
    Commercial by Volkswagen USA Writer/Director/Editor A woman, her husband, and a 2006 red Volkswagen Beetle convertible named Penelope make their way up and down the California coast in this spot for Volkswagen of America.

  • Transformers: The Ride - 3D

    Transformers: The Ride - 3D (2011)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative Sr. Technical Manager

  • King Kong 360 3-D

    King Kong 360 3-D (2010)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative Technical Manager

  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (2010)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative Sr. Technical Manager

  • The Simpsons Ride

    The Simpsons Ride (2008)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative Technical Manager

  • Mercy

    Mercy (2008)
    Film (short) by Alphatone Productions (Action, Adventure, Fantasy and Short) Producer/Editor After she is killed in a wave of small-town hysteria, Mercy Hawkins is resurrected by a mysterious healer who gives her the power to seek justice against her attackers.

  • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride

    Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride (2004)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative Miscellaneous Crew

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance (2004)
    Film (short) by Not Afraid! (Drama, War and Short) Writer/Director/Producer Inheritance is a short film and labor of love based on director Paul Cuoco’s experience of learning that his Grandfather was a liberator at the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II. It stars Harrison Young, Robert Olufs, and Richard Meese.

  • Glazed

    Glazed (2004)
    Film (short) by Not Afraid! (Drama, War and Short) Writer/Director/Producer Glazed, delves into the psyche of a listless veteran trapped in the past, yet fighting to live in the present. Through haunting images of war and love, we see the torment a soldier puts himself through as he tries to find a reason to go on.

  • Shrek 4-D

    Shrek 4-D (2003)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy and 1 More) Technical Manager

  • T2 3-D: Battle Across Time

    T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
    Film (short) by Universal Creative (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi and Short) Technical Manager

Awards

  • Best Dramatic Short - "Inheritance" - Universal Studios Employee Film Festival
    (2008)

Education

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