Tuesday Crew Day: Pasquale Greco

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Tuesday Crew Day: Pasquale Greco

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I grew up in Wheeling, WV and went to Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where I graduated with a BA in Cinema and Digital Arts. I now split my time between Queens, New York and Wheeling, where my parents still live and work.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

In 2007, I was in my senior year at Point Park University, and I was awarded an internship in the Camera Department for a movie called “Adventureland,” directed by Greg Mattola (“Superbad,” “Arrested Development”).  I’m a hands-on learner and you can’t help but be hands-on while on set.  I did a lot of “intern like” jobs (deliveries, coffee runs, made sandwiches, etc.) but I also learned how to load film stock and to properly manage lenses and equipment, making me a part of the team responsible for capturing the final image.

Watching a scene come together, the set design, the lighting, the actors falling into their characters, delivering their lines, trying new things, it was just like the films I had worked on in high school and college but bigger, and these people were getting paid to do it.  It was fascinating.  I stayed available and came to set even when it wasn’t required, racking up over 300 hours (200 more than was needed for the internship credit) because I loved it so much.

On that job, I built the basic foundation for every movie I’ve worked on since.  Every job I’ve been on can be traced back to that internship.  The network I’ve built and some of my closest industry relationships started on “Adventureland.” 

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

I recently finished directing a Proof of Concept short film in Wheeling. We shot for five days, taking advantage of the beautiful snow covered mountains and the historic abandoned train tunnels. Our crew was comprised of six people from Wheeling and four from Pittsburgh.

Since 2007, I’ve worked on 25 feature films and have recently started finding work in television. Last month, I wrapped on “Daredevil Season 2” for Marvel/Netflix, where I was the on-set Visual Effects Coordinator. I’ve been in Visual Effects for the past five years and work on set with directors, actors, and the camera department to make sure we capture the best footage for VFX elements to be later added. Our teams handle everything from wire removal for stunt work to complete computer-generated creatures smashing through walls and blowing things up. From a visual effects point of view, it’s important that we supervise the production and the footage captured to make sure its potential is maximized.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

Stay motivated and available. If you want to work in this industry, all you need is the motivation to do it and the discipline to stay available. This industry works on word of mouth. Sometimes showing up and staying positive is all it takes for someone to remember you.

As a beginner, if you have the opportunity, choose to be a Production Assistant for a specific department and not for the general production.  It will allow you to really take a good look around set without the pressures of responding to the entire crew, and it will give you great insight in to that specific department and whether or not it’s something you want to pursue.  Do that same thing for as many departments as you want.  Don’t limit yourself.  If you feel drawn toward this industry, it’s important to really understand how it works, where you fit in, and how you can make a difference.