New Member: Gary Capo, ASC

Gary Capo, ASC (Credit: Krista Lynette)
Gary Capo, ASC (Photo by Krista Lynette)

Cinematographer Gary Capo has become a member of the ASC.

As a second-unit director and cinematographer, Capo has collaborated with many ASC members, including John Toll, on The Last Samurai, The Thin Red Line and Wind; John Schwartzman, on Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian; Eduardo Serra, on Blood Diamond; and Caleb Deschanel, on Message in a Bottle and Fly Away Home. His second-unit cinematography credits also include Iron Man 3, R.I.P.D., Winter’s Tale, Olympus Has Fallen, Live Free Die Hard, X-Men 2 and Mission: Impossible 2.

A Southern California native and avid surfer, he sparked to action photography early on, borrowing his father’s 8mm camera to film his friends and fellow surfers. After graduating from Brooks Institute with a degree in underwater photography, he spent 18 months traveling the world to make the self-financed 16mm surfing movie Many Classic Moments. The success of that project led to a job at Warren Miller Films, where he shot other action sports, and from there Capo moved on to shoot commercials, TV news and two Olympic Games.

Capo caught his Hollywood break when a short film he directed and shot caught the eye of director Randal Kleiser, who brought him aboard White Fang as second-unit director/cinematographer. Soon a former colleague came calling about Baywatch, and Capo worked on that hit series for four seasons, shooting and directing second unit and doing some main-unit work.

Capo’s credits as director of photography include Final Destination 2, Cellular and the upcoming release The Concerto.

He recently completed second-unit cinematography on Geostorm, shot by Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC, and set for release in 2017.


Complete details on the 15 founding members of the ASC can be found here.

A complete list of all active ASC members — since 1919 — can be downloaded here.

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