Paolo Cascio


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Paolo Cascio grew up in Chicago where his career began in 1986. He received his first screen credit working for legendary director John Hughes on the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The Hollywood system he was trained in provided a great foundation for learning how to tell stories and drive emotion, and he got to work with some of the most talented people in the world. Over the past 35 years, he has had the pleasure of working on over 120 projects, including feature films, episodic television, commercials, music videos, and documentaries. Throughout his journey, he has had many mentors that helped him learn his craft and develop his artistry. He credits a great deal of his success to them as well as his parents who raised him in a Christian home and taught him to always believe in himself, to work hard, and to follow his dreams. He loves to collaborate with others, and as an artist, he has incredible passion for the creative process.

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Cinematic Arts


  • Cinematography
  • Photography

Courses Taught

  • CINE 260 - Cinema-TV Production I
  • CINE 316 - Production Development
  • CINE 317 - Cinematic Design