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Meet JP Dellanno

Today we’d like to introduce you to JP Dellanno.

JP, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Coming from Boston, I always bought into that often cliché California dream. California however was definitely a jumping point for me in my cinematography and photography career. I began shooting video for a niche sport that had very little coverage at the time- professional paintball. This eventually led me to shoot the World Cup of paintball in Orlando, FL in 2014. It was there I met a few camera operators who would eventually become a successful DP and Steadicam Op in Los Angeles. They recommended Chapman University to my impressionable 17 years old self and the rest is history. Somewhere along the journey, I began shooting analogue photography on 35mm film and creating digital collages inspired by artists like @mr.babies.

Eventually, I moved in with my best friends from freshman year and their band (North Morlan – I believe you all have done a story on them already!) which rekindled my fascination with music. I began experimenting and relearning piano and now I’m about to launch my first Jazz/Funk/Electronica project with a single in a few weeks (I should have it released by the time this goes up!) under the name of West Coast Bagels. Looking forward to talking with y’all.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I am grateful to say it has been a very smooth road- finding myself among the most incredible creators and collaborators who have only inspired me further.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am primarily a freelance cinematographer/director focused on the areas of music videos, commercials, and short-form narrative film. As a cinematographer, I would say I am known for my heavy employment of handheld/easy rig camera operation mixed with very naturalistic lighting juxtaposed on experimental lighting with heavy use of color. As a company, I’m most proud of my ability to work with a musical artist and convert their concept to a visual medium.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is a measure of how your work can reflect on another human’s mind. While film is largely important as an introspective and personal exploration, I find solace mostly in the way I am able to make another feel with my vision.

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