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I'm a professional Director of Photography with more than 14 years experience and member of the Italian Association of Cinematography (AIC).

My professional career as DP includes four feature films, many award winning short films and documentaries, as well as music videos, TV productions and lighting designs for… Read More
I'm a professional Director of Photography with more than 14 years experience and member of the Italian Association of Cinematography (AIC).

My professional career as DP includes four feature films, many award winning short films and documentaries, as well as music videos, TV productions and lighting designs for theater. I've been shooting on almost everything from 35mm to s8mm with a lot of experience on s16mm and from HDCAM and P2 to ALEXA, F35 and RED. I successfully manage very different lighting and equipment conditions, from high end to low budget with almost only natural or available light productions. I also have extensive experience as a steadicam operator and as camera operator. Read Less
Born and raised in northern Italy, Piero studied Cinema and Art Studies at the University of Turin. There he analyzed the work of directors such as Truffaut, Kubrick, Lynch, and Wenders and developed a deep interest in visual storytelling. He was inspired by the images of artists like Boris Kaufman, Sven Nykvist,… Read More
Born and raised in northern Italy, Piero studied Cinema and Art Studies at the University of Turin. There he analyzed the work of directors such as Truffaut, Kubrick, Lynch, and Wenders and developed a deep interest in visual storytelling. He was inspired by the images of artists like Boris Kaufman, Sven Nykvist, Robbie Muller and Conrad L. Hall. He graduated with a thesis on the works of David Lynch, knowing that cinematography would be his ultimate pursuit.

Piero began building a career as a director of photography while also working as a Steadicam operator. He photographed a number of award winning films and documentaries with some of the most interesting young directors in Italy. He presented himself as a talented and fast director of photography, with a strong and mature vision.

He shot four feature films, two with very low budgets showing a great capacity for managing the problems of limited equipment and crew while maintaining a distinctive visual character, as well as many short films and documentaries. They have been awarded important prizes and received international recognition, including nominations at the European Film Awards & at the David di Donatello and several victories at Festivals around the globe (including Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Turin, and Huesca).

The main characteristics of Piero’s work are the strong visual personality, connected with a deep understanding of the moviemaking process and a great capacity of adaptation to work in various and demanding conditions and with different crews. He is able to work on large productions as well as with small crews using only available and practical light.

Piero believes strongly that the work of the director of photography is to understand the facets of the vision of the director and translate the whole, with special sensitivity to creative integrity, to the silver screen.

After living and working in Rome for the last few years, he recently moved to NYC, where he lives with his wife and daughter. Piero Basso is bilingual and holds permanent residency in the U.S. Read Less
SELECTED CREDITS AS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

FEATURES
SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA (35mm anamorphic) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio (World Premiere @ 64th Locarno Film Festival 2011, International Competition)
ZOE’ (HDV/35mm anamorphic) dir. Giuseppe Varlotta
SANTINA (DV/35mm) dir. Gioberto Pignatelli… Read More
SELECTED CREDITS AS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

FEATURES
SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA (35mm anamorphic) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio (World Premiere @ 64th Locarno Film Festival 2011, International Competition)
ZOE’ (HDV/35mm anamorphic) dir. Giuseppe Varlotta
SANTINA (DV/35mm) dir. Gioberto Pignatelli
SONO TORNATO AL NORD (HDCAM/35mm) dir. Franco Diaferia
THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (s16mm) dir. Shundell Prasad (second unit, not credited)

DOCUMENTARIES
LAYOFFS ON WALL STREETS: BANKERS IN THEIR OWN WORDS (HDCAM) dir. Marianne Michallet
L’ESAME DI XHODI (HDV) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio
L'ORA D'AMORE (HDV) dir. Andrea Appetito and Christian Carmosino
GAZI E I PIONIERI DEL CINEMA D'ANIMAZIONE ALBANESE (HDV) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio
ITZZZ TRU (DVCAM) dir. Chiara Pacilli
REV E SHADE (HDV) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio
ENSI E SHADE (DVCAM) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio
BUILDING THE WINTER GAMES (DVCAM/HDV) dir. Claudia Tosi
IL DIAVOLO ROSSO (s16mm/Digibeta) dir. Andrea Scaglione
INTORNO A LUIGI (Le canzoni di Luigi Tenco) (DVCAM) dir. Mauro Brondi
MANOORE’ (DVCAM) dir. Daria Menozzi
CARLO LEVA, APPUNTI PER UN DOCUMENTARIO (DVCAM) dir. Lucia Roggero

SHORT FILMS
TERRY RICHARDSON’S LAST HOURS (s16mm) dir. Charlotte Robert
FLUTTER (HDCAM) dir. Lauren Mackenzie
STILL (HDCAM) dir. Eri Yokoyama
THEY MEET (REDcam) dir. Stella Iannitto
CORPO GIUSTO (REDcam, anamorphic) dir. Jennifer Norton
A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY (REDcam, anamorphic) dir. Terrence Donnellan
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO (HDCAM) dir. Evan Buxbaum
FINGERPLAY (HDCAM, anamorphic) dir. Yana Kehrlein
ANGELS (35mm) dir. Ruben Mazzoleni
MACCHIE DI SOLE (35mm) dir. Stella di Tocco
LA ZUPPA DI PIETRA (s16mm) dir. Christian Carmosino
SANGUE DEL TUO SANGUE (s16mm) dir. Luca Pascucci
ARCHITETTI DEL NULLA (s16mm) dir. Paolo Sibilio
ZAKARIA (35mm anamorphic) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio
LA PRIMA IMMAGINE (s16mm) dir. Enrico Bisi
PESCI PICCOLI, PESCI GRANDI (HDV) dir. Chiara Pirito
GIOVANNA Z. (s16mm) dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli
MIO FRATELLO YANG. (35mm) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
LASSU’ I RUMORI DEL MONDO NON ARRIVANO (DVCAM) dir. Alessandro Stevanon
NANA’ (s16mm) dir. Giuseppe Varlotta
MARIA JESUS (35mm) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
LA SAGOMA (s16mm) dir. Federico Mazzi
PLAYGIRL (s16mm) dir. Fabio Tagliavia
A OCCHI APERTI (s16mm) dir. Enrico Bisi
IL GIORNO DEL SANTO (DVCAM) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
L’ATTENZIONE (s16mm) dir. Andrea Tomaselli
LA GARA DI SALTO SULLE UOVA (DVCAM) dir. Enrico Iacovoni
SETS (35mm) dir. Marco Zarotti
KISSING PAUL NEWMAN (DVCAM) dir. Fabio Tagliavia
CHI E’ L’ULTIMO (DVCAM) dir. Lorenzo de Nicola
L’ARTISTA (16mm) dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli
AMORI RIDICOLI (DVCAM) dir. Stefano Scarafia
QUANTO TI VOGLIO (DVCAM) dir. Francesco Amato
BLUE LOVE #1 (Digital Betacam) dir. Vittorio Badini Confalonieri
ECHO (16mm) dir. Chiara Clemente

COMMERCIALS/PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS/TELEVISION
THE BETTER HALF (HDCAM) dir. Giacomo La Rosa (in preproduction)
COPYCATS (HDCAM) dir. Dante Liberatore
CHRISTMAS INDEX - PNC BANK (RED 4K) dir. Beatriz Ramos
PICCOLI TASSELLI (HDCAM) dir. Christian Carmosino
SEGUI LA MIA VOCE (HDV) dir. Stella di Tocco
JACOPO (HDV) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
NUNZIO (DV) dir. Filippo Soldi
ANTONIO (HDV) dir. Piero Messina
CAROLINA (HDV) dir. Christian Carmosino
COSI’ E’ SE VI PARE (S16mm) dir. Giuseppe Varlotta
APPUNTI DI VIAGGIO A TORINO (DVCAM) dir. Andrea Scaglione
CENTOVETRINE (Betacam SX) television shows with various directors
SENZA RESPIRO (HDV) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
PASSO A DUE (DVCAM) dir. Stella di Tocco
DENTRO IL SILENZIO (HDV) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
L’UOMO PIÙ FORTE DEL MONDO (DVCAM) dir. Gianluca e Massimiliano de Serio
UGUALE A ME, UGUALE AGLI ALTRI (DV) dir. Christian Carmosino

MUSIC VIDEOS
GIO’ DI TONNO - L’AMORE E’ UN ELEFANTE (HDV) dir. Christian Carmosino
ENDURA - SPARA (HDV) dir. Gianluca and Massimiliano de Serio
JACK FUSIBILE – IL CANTANTE (DVCAM) dir. Sirio Zuelli
GATTO CILIEGIA CONTRO IL GRANDE FREDDO – SE DOMANI (s16mm) dir. Andrea Serafini
SUBSONICA - LINEA 77 (s16mm) dir. Kal Karman
WHOOPER - WHOOPER (16mm) dir. Andrea Fazzolari
DILAILA – XXII DICEMBRE (DVCAM) dir. Sirio Zuelli
ASSIST - SOLE (super8) dir. Piero Basso


OTHER SKILLS:

LIGHTING DESIGNER
NEVERMORE dir. Carlo Roncaglia
KVETCH dir. Carlo Roncaglia
LA MORTE BUSSA dir. Carlo Roncaglia
GLI INSOSPETTABILI (SLEUTH) dir. Carlo Roncaglia
COME UN ROMANZO dir. Carlo Roncaglia
DOMANDA DI MATRIMONIO dir. Carlo Roncaglia
LE NOZZE dir. Carlo Roncaglia
ERA DA TANTO CHE NON BEVEVO CHAMPAGNE dir. Carlo Roncaglia
I COSTRUTTORI DI IMPERI dir. Carlo Roncaglia
LA PAZZA DI CHAILLOT dir. Carlo Roncaglia
UNA PAZZA STORIA DI QUARTIERE dir. Carlo Roncaglia
ROMANCERO dir. Simona Carapella
EURIPIDES’ ELENA dir. Angelo Scolari
DELIRIO MULIEBRE dir. Elena Canone and Barbara Cinquatti
MORS SUA VITA MEA dir. Antonio Damasco
ALMA dir. Antonio Damasco

STEADICAM OPERATOR
CAMERA OPERATOR


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS

Valdarno Cinema Fedic 2010 SANTINA
TOFFIFEST Torun Film Festival 2007 ZAKARIA
Cittadella del corto 2005 MIO FRATELLO YANG
Empoli International festival 2003 A OCCHI APERTI

FILM AWARDS

International Film Festival of Marrakesh 2011 Best Director SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA
Grenoble Rencontres du cinema italien 2011 Best Feature Film SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA
Festival Du Cinema Italianne Annecy 2011 Best Feature Film SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA
Locarno Film Festival 2011 Don Quichote Prize SETTE OPERE DI MISERICORDIA
Valdarno Cinema Fedic 2010, Best Feature Film SANTINA
Torino film festival 2007, Special Jury Prize L’ESAME DI XHODI
European Film Awards 2006, nominated ZAKARIA
David di Donatello, 2006 nominated ZAKARIA
David di Donatello, 2005 nominated MIO FRATELLO YANG
Prix UIP Edimburgh 2006, won ZAKARIA
International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2006, International Jury special mention ZAKARIA
International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2006, Cinema Jury best shortfilm ZAKARIA
Torino Film Festival 2005, Kodak Film Award for Best Italian ShortFilm ZAKARIA
Torino Film Festival 2004, Kodak Film Award special mention MIO FRATELLO YANG
Cinecittà Holding, Best Italian short NANA’
Torino Film Festival 2003, Kodak Film Award for Best Italian Short Film MARIA JESUS
Festival de Cine de Huesca 2004, “Danzante” best short Int. Competition MARIA JESUS
Silver Ribbon 2004, Best italian short film MARIA JESUS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
BACHELOR OF ARTS, CINEMA STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TURIN
ERASMUS MASTER CLASS with Jean Henry Roger
STEADICAM WORKSHOP with Garrett Brown ASC, Liz Ziegler, Harry Panagiotidis, Floris Sijbesma, Alex Brambilla, Jerry Holway, Sergio
Melaranci, Valentin Monge e Mike Bartlett BVK.
MASTER CLASSES with: ROBBIE MULLER, bvk; LUCA BIGAZZI, aic; GIOVANNI GEBBIA; GIANNI AMELIO Read Less
Member Since: Dec 20, 2011