Gabriel Campisi is a writer, director, and producer who began shooting Super-8mm films at the age of eight, and by the time he was 15 was winning film festivals and contests across the country. He has worked on everything from pop-star music videos and Mrs. America Pageants to national commercials, ESPN Sports, HBO Specials, independent and studio features, and everything in between. He is a skilled Premiere-Pro editor and proficient cinematographer, and has vast experience working with practical and pyrotechnic visual effects, as well as computer-generated imagery (CGI).
Gabe has written for industry and genre magazines, including Hollywood Reporter and Fangoria, and studied with Richard Walter of UCLA's prestigious Screenwriting Department.
He has also written several books about the motion picture and television industries, which were published by McFarland Books. He has first-hand experience in every facet of filmmaking, from the creative to the technical to the fiscal. Because of this, he is in the unique position of being able to achieve a balance among these three very different worlds without compromising the quality of the final product. He understands the writer’s problems, the technician’s problems, the director’s problems, as well as the producer’s problems. He understands on a personal level, because he has been there.
Gabe is a member of the Producers Guild of America (P.G.A.).
Gabe's love of cinema and storytelling began in his early childhood. He started experimenting with Super8mm home movies after watching Star Wars in theaters when he was 8-years-old, inspired by the magic he saw up on the big screen. While still in high school, he had the opportunity to work with Sylvester Stallone on Rocky IV, which convinced him that this was the career path he wanted to follow.
By this time, he was already beating out the competition in film contests across the country with his elaborate special-effects filled productions. As a result, his early efforts were featured in countless newspapers and magazines throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Below are some of the more prominent feature articles from those years: