John Paussa | Gaffer/Key Grip
My first film was a pirate film shot in 8mm at the Bodega dunes when I was 7. Family.
Super 8 films with my friends in the neighborhood during elementary school.Francis Ford Coppola came to Napa high and used the student body for the crowd audio for the Playboy Bunny scene in “Apocalypse Now”, one of my favorite films. Met Nicholas Coppola before he was famous. Shot several shorts with Joe Carnahan before Blood, Guts got picked up. Shot other full length features mostly in 16mm. Shot “The 11th Day” WWII documentary. Shot several other smaller documentaries.
Indy filmmaking is rewarding because everyone from the director to the PAs are intimately involved with the creative process of storytelling. It’s collaborative, raw and often a very fluid process. Everyone on set is there because they want to be, there is a creative excitement that can only be found in a few artistic outlets.
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