Lance Catania

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

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Mr. Catania has over 30 years of experience as a Director/Cinematographer. During that time he has shot projects for many of Chicago’s largest advertising agencies and Fortune 500 Companies. He has extensive experience in every format of production: 35mm film, 16mm film and all High Definition Video platforms, including: Arriflex Alexa, Red, Phantom High Speed, Sony F3, Panasonic AF100 as well as Canon 5 and 7D and C300.

His commercials have won numerous Midwest Emmys, Telly, Questar, Monitor, and Philo awards, and a Silver Medallion from the internationally renowned Chicago International Film Festival.

Catania’s clients have included advertising agencies: Foote Cone and Belding, Leo Burnett, A. Eicoff, and J. Walter Thompson. Broadcast companies: WLS-TV Chicago, WBBM-TV Chicago, WFLA Tampa and FOX in Chicago. Entertainment companies: Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Dreamworks, Tribune Entertainment and Miramax Films. Corporate clients: IBM, Motorola, Pepsi-Cola, Sears, Abbott Labs, Searle, Arthur Anderson and Miller Brewing Company.

Having directed and shot for many years, Catania brings a “director’s eye” when collaborating and shooting for other directors. His experience allows him to work very quickly, seamlessly and expeditiously with production, to insure the upmost in artistic expression, creativity and speed.

In addition to his film projects, Catania has served as Director of Photography for many television shows, including the “true-crime” documentary shows: CAPTURED, VANISHED, SNAPPED, A HAUNTING and SINS AND SECRETS, for networks such as: Discovery I.D., Lifetime, Oxygen and The History Channel. He has also worked as a regular camera operator, occasional 2nd unit Director of Photography, on the highly rated NBC programs, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.

Catania is an owner-operator of "Cinema-Ready" Canon 7d and Canon C300 packages, complete with Zeiss Compact Prime Lenses. He is an IATSE Local 600 Director of Photography-Camera Operator.

Feature Credits:
THE RETURN OF JOE RICH Dir. Sam Auster 2011
RIP OFF (TV Documentary) Dir. Todd Moss 2010
GUARDIANS Dir. Drew Maxwell 2009
MEGAHEIST (TV Documentary) Dir. David Wallach 2008
THE THIRSTING Dir. Mark Vadik 2007
MAKING THE MAN (Short) Dir. John Susman 2007
STASH Dir. Jay Bonansinga 2007
CUP OF MY BLOOD Dir. Lance Catania 2005

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I have been in the industry since 1980.

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