Saro Varjabedian, born of Armenian descent and raised in Queens, New York, is an up and coming, New York based, Director of Photography. He has photographed several features, countless shorts, industrials and music videos. His first feature, Erza, photographed in 2007 went on to get distribution over cable networks, Netflix and Amazon. In 2010, Saro finished principle photography on the feature “Elliot Loves” a gay Romantic Comedy by Sundance director Gary Terracino. “Elliot Loves” won the 2012 Audience choice Award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The 2012 Best of Festival Award at the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, has screened at the 2012 Frameline Film Festival, 2012 Philadelphia Gay Fim Festival and 2012 Outfest, and received both Domestic and International distribution through TLA. “Elliot Loves” has aired on HBO Latino, HBO Zone, HBO Comedy and HBO GO.
Along the way, Saro has written over 20 articles on Cinematography practices which were published in StudentFilmMaker Magazine, has taught workshops on the latest camera technologies, has been invited to join the Tiffen family of Cinematographers and his work as a Director of Photography has taken him to such countries as Armenia, Mexico, India and Lebanon. “Jesus Loves Yusef” a short filmed in Lebanon has won Saro the 2012 Best Student Cinematography Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival. In 2012 Saro Varjabedian finished principle photography on the feature documentary entitled “The End Game Project” and is currently in pre-production on the feature film entitled “Gold Star”.
In 2013, Saro graduated with an MFA in film from Columbia University. During his attendance of the Film MFA program he has been awarded the 2012 Doddle Award, 2012 ASCAP Workshop Grant, 2012 Sound Lounge Sound Design Grant, 2011 AGBU Performing Arts Scholarship, 2012 Cinematography Teacher’s Assistant Fellowship, Production Workshop Fellow, Cinematography Fellow, and DMC Fellow.