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Peter Soto Biography

Pasadena City College Cinema Program

Mr. Peter Soto – Adjunct Faculty, psoto@lmu.edu
Peter Soto first became interested in filmmaking when he saw a series on HBO called “Behind the Scenes”.  The series focused on what went on behind the camera on a movie set.  Peter’s interest in how movies were made led to his eventual enrollment in the film program at Loyola Marymount University in1993.

While attending the university Peter seized the opportunity to work on as many student films as he could and took up a position at the film school’s lighting and grip facility.  He worked in all areas of production and eventually took an interest in lighting.  He went on to shoot several student films as well as direct three of his own. 

Upon graduating in 1997 Peter worked on several commercials as a production assistant and continued to shoot short films and music videos.  He was fortunate enough to land a job with the television news magazine show, “Extra” where he worked as a runner and teleprompter operator and eventually worked with the lighting director as a utility.

In December of 2000 Peter was offered the position of Production Administrator, managing the camera and sound facility at LMU’s School of Film and Television where he currently resides.  He has since photographed over 45 short films and two feature films (“First Morning”, “Spirits”) many of which have been awarded on the festival circuit.  He has also worked as the chief lighting technician on several national and regional commercials (Movietickets.com, the Game Show Network).

In 2006, he was accepted into Film Independent’s Project: Involve program where he was mentored by academy award winner John Toll, ASC (“Legends of the Fall”, “Braveheart”). Most recently, Peter gaffed the feature film “Lie to Me” which will premiere at the 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival.  He is currently preparing to serve as Director of Photography on his third feature film in Vietnam this summer.

Peter believes that the creative and collaborative art of cinematography has not only put him literally behind the camera but has also taught him and continues to teach him a tremendous amount about the art of filmmaking.