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D.J. Caruso is an American movie director, cinematographer, and producer who has directed films such as Disturbia, The Salton Sea, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four.

Caruso was born on March 15th, 1971 in New York City to parents of Italian descent. He grew up with his family in the Bronx where he attended Catholic school until junior high school when they moved to Yonkers. His interest in movies started at a young age after watching Jaws which made him want to be a filmmaker himself one day which he eventually became after graduating from Boston University’s film school in 1994 with a BA degree in broadcast journalism and cinema studies where he also shot his first film “The Journey”. After college D.J. started his career as a production assistant on the CBS sitcom “The Nanny” and then moved up to working as a 2nd unit director and cinematographer for films such as “Saving Private Ryan”, “Cast Away” and “The Perfect Storm”.

D.J.’s work in cinematography is simply amazing, he has the ability to capture intense and emotional scenes while keeping the audience engaged. His work in “Disturbia” is a great example of this, the movie is full of suspenseful scenes but Caruso manages to keep the camera steady and focused on the action which makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of it all. He also uses creative camera angles and shots to help portray the characters’ emotions and thoughts, for instance in “The Salton Sea” he uses a fish-eye lens to show how the character’s distorted view of the world is affecting their mental state.

Some of his most recognize movies and tv series are:

Disturbia (2007): A movie about a young man who is on house arrest after being convicted of assaulting his father. While confined to his home, he becomes obsessed with watching the lives of the people living nearby. D.J Caruso directed and shot the movie.

I Am Number Four (2011): A science fiction thriller film directed by D.J Caruso, it is based on the novel of the same name by Pittacus Lore. The film tells the story of nine young people who are forced to hide from a hostile government because they possess unique abilities. Although the movie wasn’t a hit, the visual effects were praised and many are still hoping for I Am Number Four 2 or a series sequel directed by Caruso.

Eagle Eye (2008): A science fiction action film directed by D.J Caruso. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, and Rosario Dawson. The plot revolves around two people who are pursued by the government after they receive a mysterious phone call. This movie showcases an excellent use of camera angles with the scene where an F-16 fires missiles at a car driving on a highway below.

The Salton Sea (2002): A crime drama film directed by D.J Caruso based on the novel of the same name by author Jon Connolly. The movie is about an ex-con, Val, who is trying to make a new life for himself and his son in the Salton Sea. When Val’s friend gets killed by a local drug dealer, he sets out for revenge. This movie is gritty and dark with excellent cinematography by Caruso.

XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (2017): The third installment in the XXX franchise and directed by D.J Caruso, the film stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, and Deepika Padukone. It follows a group of extreme sports athletes who are recruited to complete a series of deadly missions around the globe. This movie has amazing action scenes with creative camera angles and stunts.

As you can see, D.J. Caruso is a very talented filmmaker who has a lot to offer in terms of cinematography. He has a unique style and it’s easy to recognize his work through the many different cameras angles he uses in each of his movies. It is without a doubt that D.J.’s next movie will be just as amazing as his previous ones have been!

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