Pete began working in the film industry in the late 90’s and has worked under some of the most accomplished cinematographers including Allen Daviau ASC, Bill Pope ASC, Paul Cameron ASC, and Steven Poster ASC, to name a few. He has extensive experience shooting features, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and over 50 short films. In Addition to his on-set experience, Pete began his studies at Chapman University earning a BFA degree in Film and Television Production with an emphasis in Cinematography. After attending Chapman, Pete attended the American Film Institute (AFI) as a Cinematography Fellow graduating with an MFA in cinematography. While at AFI, Pete interned under the great Allen Daviau ASC (E.T., The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun).
As far as awards go Pete has won a few. Most recently winning the 2012 Emerging Cinematographer Award from the ICG Local 600 for “Carjack,” which also won the Audience & Grand Jury award for best live action short at 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival. Previous awards include festival awards for films, and commercials that won Addy’s, Tellys. While at Chapman University he won the prestigious Einstein Award (top filmmaker) along with the Best Cinematography Award for the film “Papalero.”
Pete believes strongly in collaboration and staying true to the story. He is a cinematographer whose motion pictures touch the hearts and minds of the viewing public. Some individuals enter the field of film for glamor or fame, and others for money, very simply stated, Pete wishes only to do what he loves, tell a story through the visual medium. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his family and has recently went back to his birth name of Pietro Villani.
Pete’s professional experience includes shorts, features, documentaries, commercials, and industrials.