ABOUT LAS VEGAS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY SAMMY VASSILEV

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Thank you for your interest in my art, craft and career.  My passion for beautiful moving images started after I watched “Star Wars” Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in 1984.   I was only 10 at the time.  I grew up on the sets of Boyana Studios, which was next door to our home in Sofia, Bulgaria where as a kid I would spend the majority of the day watching and learning how the movies are made.  It was the most exciting years of my life as a young boy.   The moment I saw “Star Wars” I knew that making movies is what I will do for the rest of my life – all I needed was the right direction.  Well,  it was not until 1998 that my dream and direction became a reality when I was hired at a PA in Los Angeles with Propaganda Films of a Music Video for Tina Turner.  I came to America in 1991, broke, with no legal papers and with no English, my desire to go to film school was cut short because of all the challenges I had in front of me, so I had to do what I had to do – survive!    I was a Camera Department  PA from 1998 to 2000.  After learning and gaining experience with the best in LA I slowly transitioned into the Camera Department and became a Film Loader.  Shortly after I became a 2nd AC,  a year later 1st AC and gradually moved up to an operator.   I had been involved in still photography and lighting since my childhood and my dream and goal was to become a Director of Photography.  In 2004 this dream became a reality and ever since I have been a full time  Director of Photography.   I have had the honor, opportunity and pleasure to learn and work with many of the very best and talented DP’s,  Directors from US and Europe.  Becoming a Director of Photography has been a life long journey the most rewarding experience in my life.  I am in love with beautiful moving images and all the emotions they express.  In 2003 I had the honor to join the International Cinematographer’s Guild – Hollywood, California.  I am interested in good stories, real human stories,  great collaborations with creative, passionate and talented professionals in an effort to create together.   Thank you!

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