Scott Papera (bio)
A dynamic and imaginative
filmmaker, Scott Papera’s directing career started at the
ripe age of nine. With a few props, his three siblings, and a
broken-down camcorder, he toiled away making squirt gun war movies and
disco talk shows. By age eleven, he found himself in a dire career
dilemma: Should he become a jet pilot or a filmmaker? Despite learning
to fly at fourteen, and realizing his knack for capturing his
imagination on film, he decided to become a movie star.
Luckily, while a student at
Loyola Marymount University, Scott discovered his real passion was
working with actors from behind the camera. Upon graduating from the
film program, he launched his foray into commercials - soon becoming a
sought after camera assistant. After logging over 200 spots, he began
expanding his knowledge of both comedy and drama by working on Friends,
The Drew Carey Show, ER, and NYPD Blue, among others.
As he began his directing
career, Scott helmed a series of commercials for Becker Surf and Sport.
The spots, created by Jefferson/Acker Advertising, Inc., presented a
common dilemma the need to produce high-quality commercials with a very
small budget. He rose to the challenge to direct three humorous and
visually diverse spots, delivering them on time and under budget. They
have since gone on to win ten commercial and production awards
including three individual awards for directing. Today as a director
for Alter Ego Films in Hollywood, his recent projects include
Mercedes-Benz, PeoplePC, Memorex, Raging Waters, Nutrilite, MagnaBloc,
A true collaborator, Scott thrives on finding imaginative ways to solve creative and production challenges. His strong literary and directorial vision combines his passion for unique imagery with his knowledge of both the visual and acting mediums - qualities that wouldn’t do a bit of good for a jet pilot.