Chris spent his early years splashing around in his father’s photo studio darkroom, delivering papers, shooting stills for the local newspaper, and racing motorcycles.

After college, Chris worked a number of years on staff at one of Buffalo’s premier commercial photo studios, then embarked upon a freelance career moving on to work in Los Angeles for a time and then with B-HIVE Productions where he helped produce regional and national TV commercials. His experience comes from not only working with industry pros from all over the country, but also from his 20+ years as an award winning commercial photographer.

To date, Chris has served as Director of Photography on 9 feature length films and numerous short films including the Telly Award winning Tiny Magic, which was accepted into the prestigious Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival.

His commercial work consistently receives Addy and Telly awards and he’s known for his lighting ability as well as a willingness to always go the extra mile.

Chris is most happy when he has a camera in his hands and has a good story to tell.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Chris for almost ten years and there’s a number of reasons we keep calling him. He is supremely talented and can find a beautiful shot where you least expect it. I have complete faith that he will deliver above my expectations every single time. Complete creative trust is a rare thing in this business, and Chris has definitely earned mine.”
Frank Conjerti – Creative Director, Quinlan & Company

“Want to just say thanks to you and your incredible crew for a terrific shoot last Thursday. I had such a great time working with you. It was relaxed. Fun. And really productive.”
Richard Kaufman – Director, Goodspot

“Chris is one of the finest cinematographers I’ve ever worked with on both coasts and Europe. He quickly senses what you are looking for in a shooting script. He’s intuitive in capturing even the most significant detail –a tremendous aid in the editing process. Chris hit everything we hoped for.”
Al Klenk – Senior Vice President at Quinlan & Company

“Getting to work with you again was an absolute pleasure.. You are one of the most incredibly talented and kind people I’ve worked with. If you ever need anything at all, you just let me know and ill be on the first plane out.”
Graci Carli – actor, writer, musician

“The footage is amazing. Amazing.”
John Long – motion graphics artist

“Chris Santucci has that rare quality we all look for in people we work with: Talent! His optimism and easy going nature are icing the cake.”
Jamie Moses – Publisher, Artvoice News Weekly

“Chris came to my project with total commitment and an attitude that made it easy to work together creatively. He does enormous work internally. In his own quiet way, he sees what he wants, then pushes until he’s captured the most striking and emotional images possible.”
Laurie Wolfe – former Director of Broadcast Production
                         Eric Mower & Associates

“In a music business challenged by, well, a new music business, I find it refreshing to find someone of Chris’ talent and ability who is still willing to go the extra mile and use all of his resources and capabilities to help bring projects to their full potential, and all of this accomplished while dealing with my personal creative process, which is nothing short of chaos.”
Robby Takac – Goo Goo Dolls, Good Charamel Records, Music is Art

“Because he’s also a photographer, he has expert framing; because he’s also an editor, he also knows when an additional angle is needed for cutting. It was great to have a monitor set up most of the time – it really made the cast and crew enthusiastic – but after one day of filming I knew I didn’t have to check anything unless he asked me to.”

“Throughout the course of filming, there wasn’t a single instance in which I told Chris I wanted a certain shot that he told me he couldn’t do.”
Gregory Lamberson – Writer, Producer, Director

“Resourceful, creative, and committed are some of the words that come to mind when I think about what Chris brings to a film both as a cinematographer and as a producer. He is solution driven and he always looks to what is possible rather than point out what is not. I really enjoyed mapping out a strategy with him for “Buffalo Bushido” which was filmed on and off for over a year. Chris never stopped looking for ways to improve the film and he really complimented my organic approach.”
Peter McGennis Jr. – Director, “Buffalo Bushido”

“Chris’ unflagging determination to get the lighting “just so” ensured a consistently stylish look to the entire film. Chris was cool and professional and always maintained command of the crew, the equipment, and the task at hand.”
Paul DeNigris – Writer, Producer, Director

“Christopher’s creative talent was matched by his tremendous work ethic and his dedication to the project. He is clearly committed to ensure that any aspect of a project he is involved in, is the best that it can possibly be.”
Tosca Miserendino – Writer, Producer, Director
Sam Miserendino – Writer, Producer

“Chris is always highly organized and prepared – and this means a lot when doing a shoot. Saves time, money and provides better than expected results.”
Paul Marko – Download Design

“Trusting in Chris’s ability was one of the greatest investments I’ve ever made.”
John Takacs – Imerse Entertainment