Joseph Ascioti is a Los Angeles based cinematographer and photographer.
Joe was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to engineering parents and, from a very young age, showed interest in the arts. He could often be found taking Polaroids of his friends, drawing pictures of his favorite automobiles, and shooting home movies of his family outings. His grandfather, a former soldier, helped shape his perspective on filmmaking by exposing him to classic war films, such as Saving Private Ryan and Lawrence of Arabia, as a child.
In the summer of 2011, Joe moved to Los Angeles to begin his career in filmmaking. Starting as a 1st Assistant Camera, he studied under renowned cinematographers Brandon Klein and Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, eventually progressing to cinematography full-time after receiving advice to stick to a single position to better hone his skill set.
As a lover of the arts, Joe is constantly inspired by paintings, sculptures, the global cultures of Los Angeles, and classic Hollywood pictures. He is a very technical-minded cinematographer with a deep appreciation for the creative, possessing a strength for aesthetically pleasing composition, camera movement and naturalistic lighting. Joe continues to expand his knowledge and body of work by collaborating with some of the most talented, up-and-coming directors in the industry within the realm of commercials, music videos and narrative storytelling.