I come from a fine arts background. Following my passion for the arts I moved from Hamilton, New York, where I grew up, to Buffalo, New York where I attended SUNY Buffalo and earned my BFA with a concentration in emerging practices as well as a BA in French in 2011. While at school, I worked as a graphic designer and freelance artist before having the chance to work on a feature independent film as a script supervisor. This experience fueled my desire to study film. In 2010 I moved to Montpellier, France for a semester where I furthered my studies in the French language and theater at The Université Montpellier III Paul Valéry.
My love of telling stories and passion for film drove me to seek formal training at Syracuse University and FAMU International, in Prague, Czech Republic, where I graduated with a MFA in film in 2015. Chosen to represent Syracuse University at the International Filmmakers Academy, I traveled to Bologna, Italy to attend the Cinema Ritrovato and work with filmmakers such as Gian Vittorio Baldi, Dani Menkin, and Diao Yinan. While in attendance in the MFA program at Syracuse, I honed his skills in production design, costume design, hand drafting, model building, sculpting, and painting. I helped out on numerous short films dressing sets, making props, and designing creatures while making five short films of my own. During my second year in the program I shot a documentary following the Syracuse City Ballet on their recovery from a warehouse fire. Since then I have collaborated with the Syracuse City Ballet to design and build sets, props, and make several short promotional videos and commercials for their productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake.
I constantly challenge myself by working outside of my comfort zone in order to push myself and grow as an artist and filmmaker. I believe that it is necessary to try new things to develop as an artist. With my production design, I always try new things conducting research on new techniques and approaches. In my research I have studied a lot of puppetry construction, sculpture, and painting. I constantly attempt to perform my job dressing sets and creating characters so that my hand is invisible to preserve the illusion that filmmakers count on to tell their stories.
Name: Paul Capotosto
Lives in: Syracuse, New York
Occupation: Animator, Art Director, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Colorist, Concept Artist, Costume Designer, Crew, Editor, Filmmaker, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Model Maker, Photographer (Still), Production Designer, Prop Master, Puppeteer, Set Builder, Set Decorator, Set Designer, Storyboard Artist, Underwater Cinematographer and Videographer
Film (short) by Julia Schmid (Comedy) Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Film (short) by Tanya Schiller (Drama and Mystery) Miscellaneous Crew, Art department, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A woman is entangled with the memories of her past and she struggles with a confrontation with her family.
Film by Drew Snyder (Comedy, Drama and Horror) Miscellaneous Crew, Camera and Electrical Department ZOMBIE BANKERS is a quirky black comedy that examines the predatory lending practices of the US banking system. As the film opens, Carson Drew is feeding his bloodhound Rosie carrots and baby food while he watches the nightly news and listens to the story about a 91 year old woman who shot herself while the sheriff's department was evicting her from her home. A foreclosure contractor working for the local bank rings his doorbell and hands him an eviction notice only to return within seconds as a Zombie. Carson Drew is forced to make a decision between good and evil. He chooses to fight the Zombie Banks and so the film begins. Carson's journey leads him on an odyssey and introduces him to two more citizen zombie hunters. Claire is a college student who cannot continue her education because of bad credit card debt and John has been dishonorably discharged from the army for having PTSD after serving two tours in Iraq.Our gang of three set out to take the fight to the Zombie Bankers with ... Written by Anonymous
FAMU (Prague, Czech Republic)
University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
Université Paul Valery III (Montpellier, France)