Gus Cantavero, born and raised in Connecticut started out as a photographer at the age of 15 and began working professionally by 18. After graduating from Purchase College, SUNY and working as a freelance photographer for several years he purchased the groundbreaking Canon 5d Mark II which for the first time allowed the production of cinematic HD video and opened up many creative possibilities. He began dabbling in filmmaking by producing short promotional films for local businesses and event videography. In 2013 he released his first self produced, feature length documentary "A Drop of Water", a story about a christian orphanage in Cambodia which started his career as a full time filmmaker. Since then he has filmed several more projects in Asia and produced many videos for non-profits, education/university, corporate, financial and advertising clients. In 2017 he earned the title of DP, or Director of Photography, when he shot his first narrative short film, "I'm Sorry, I Love You" and then his first narrative feature film, "False Hopes".

Specializing in crafting stories with heart he is interested in traveling the world to find the stories worth telling and even when dealing with the seemingly mundane he works hard to find the right angle to draw out the emotion and engage audiences.

He is based in Denver and New York. He loves the outdoors, hiking, traveling and exploring new places and cultures.


Basic equipment list

  • Canon C300 II
  • Sony a7s II
  • Sony a7r II
  • Easyrig stabilizer
  • DJI Phantom 4 drone
  • Canon 24-70 f4 IS
  • Canon 70-200 f4 IS
  • Sony 16-35 f4
  • Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2
  • Zeiss Loxia 50mm f2
  • Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8
  • Westcott LED flex panel travel kit
  • Ikan 1x1 LED panel
  • Rhino EVO slider

Studio lighting kit

  • Profoto 2400w Acute2 pack
  • 3 Profoto 2400 Acute2 heads
  • 2 Profoto d1 500w monoheads (can run on battery for remote locations)
  • 3 Canon speedlights for battery powered shoots
  • Assorted studio modifiers, 4 softboxes, beauty dish and 5' octabank