Jose G. "Jerry" Santos
"The project was definitely a success. The video that you created has been referenced multiple times, including for some internal awards and client sharing. Thank you for your work! "
Producer, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON
“At HUGO, we love Jerry! I can’t think of a shoot we’ve done where we haven’t wanted to have him as our Cinematographer.
He’s been our go-to for years.”
Matt Guastaferro, HUGO Creative
"Jerry’s work is top notch and his extensive experience is a real benefit. Our clients are very happy with the videos we have produced with him."
“Innovative and creative, very adept at documentary style lighting and photography.”
Senior Producer, CNN Documentary Unit
DP/Editor/CCO Jose Santos is an award winning cinematographer, editor and producer with 30 years of national and international experience.
Known for creative location cinematography, deft lighting, compelling image making and relentless problem-solving, Jose is comitted to solid preparation and thoughtful storytelling.
Producers, clients and colleagues have long recognized Jose’s strong work ethic and friendly collaborative style, as well as his commitment to high standards.
From 2003 through 2012, Jose was Senior Photojournalist in CNN’s Washington Bureau. He covered all major Washington, DC news beats, including the White House, Congress, Pentagon and State Department. His reliability and drive to be first on the scene of breaking stories led to numerous field assignments at national disaster scenes and significant political events.
His tireless efforts covering Hurricane Katrina contributed to the winning of a Peabody Group Award.
Jose is also proud of his involvement in CNN’s groundbreaking documentaries, “Latinos in America” and “Gay in America.” The lead producer said Jose is “Innovative and creative, very adept at documentary style lighting and photography.”
These skills made Jose a “go-to” photojournalist for the CNN Documentary Unit.
Jose’s afforded him opportunities to produce, edit and shoot entire Emmy award-winning stories, including “Flags,” for WJLA, and “Hidden Government,” for KMOV.
Other key accomplishments included shooting and producing two documentaries about military exercises in Gabon and Ghana.
In Mexico, Jose was Site Manager for Belo Broadcasting’s extensive coverage of the Pope's visit to Mexico City in 2002. He was responsible for managing one hotel penthouse, eight news crews, five edit bays, six live stand-up positions, satellite uplinks, catering, transportation and some fairly poor plumbing.
Jose is dedicated to keeping current with advancing motion picture production technology. He holds an advanced certification in Final Cut Pro, and is a two-time attendee at the renowned “Editor’s Retreat.”
His other skills include Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve. He has attended the AKE Surviving Hostile Regions training, the National Press Photographers Association New Video Workshop, the Kodak Cinematography Workshop, Maine Workshops Cinematography and Camera Operation workshops, Sony editing seminars, and Avid editing tutorials.
Jose is a Spanish native speaker.