JEAN PAULO LASMAR is a writer, director, and cinematographer from Brazil, with a MFA in Film & Television Production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He has a very unique cinematic style, focused on character driven stories and their emotional journey. Sensorial and visually sophisticated, his body of work explores questions of identity, escape, community, and transcendence.
Jean Paulo started his career as a filmmaker producing the documentary Vida Sobre Rodas, which narrates the story of skateboarding in Brazil, released theatrically and distributed by Disney. Pursuing a deep interest in writing/directing for television and the big screen, he earned a BA in Film Studies from FAAP's School of Communication. His thesis film O Condomínio premiered at the 2012 Brasilianische FilmSchau, in Munich.
JP then moved to Los Angeles, where he collaborated in award-winning pictures such as Martin Scorsese's Silence, Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematography; Dito Montiel’s Man Down, Best Film nominee at the Venice Film Festival; the documentary Looking at the Stars, Best Documentary nominee at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and winner of the Gold Medal at the 2015 Student Academy Awards; the TV Pilot Succeeding at Life, winner of a Drama Program/Series Award at the Accolade Global Film Festival; and the live-action animated short Mosquito: The Bite of Passage, winner of a Telly Award and nominated for a Student BAFTA. His short film Thunderstorm recently aired on television in the United States; and his indie web series pilot Bud & Buckles has reached over a quarter of million views on YouTube.
As a director of photography, he lensed short films, music videos, and successful campaigns for Nokia, Veet, Red Balloon, Iridescent, and Junior Blind of America. One of these films, Junior Blind Olympics was acclaimed with an Honorable Mention at the 2015 My Hero International Film Festival.
Jean Paulo is currently working on the feature O Caso Morel, based of the first romance written by Rubem Fonseca, alongside the acclaimed writer/director Suzana Amaral (Hora da Estrela, Hotel Atlântico, Uma Vida em Segredo).