Joseph White brings diverse experiences to his career as a ﬁlmmaker. A graduate of William Paterson University with a degree in Communication and a concentration in ﬁlm discipline, Joseph served for six years in the US Marine Corps while simultaneously earning his degree.
Joseph began as an actor in regional theater and appeared in a variety of Off-Off Broadway productions. An opportunity to assist in the casting process for the indie ﬁlm The Town Diary introduced Joseph to his ﬁrst ﬁlm production. He was tapped by director Jack Kenny to become his assistant. By the end of the production, Joseph had earned his ﬁrst producer credit. A variety of key experiences followed as he served as location manager on a number of ﬁlms and commercials, a second unit director, production manager and a cinematographer.
Having established a name for himself in the New York ﬁlm scene, Joseph received an inquiry from Francis Ford Coppola’s producer. He was offered the coveted role as the legendary director’s apprentice while Coppola developed the now mythic unﬁnished ﬁlm, Megalopolis. Joseph worked closely with Coppola to create an innovative technical team shooting experimental High Deﬁnition (HD) footage on location throughout New York. This afforded Joseph the opportunity to work directly with world-renowned ﬁlmmaker and cinematographer Ron Fricke. Together, White and Fricke became frontrunners in the HD cinematography movement, shooting for various TV pilots, specialty ﬁlms and effects units, including George Lucas’s ILM. Chief among their other work together was the ﬁlming of a documentary based on the life of Octavio Paz, shot entirely on location in India.
Joseph has enjoyed a ten-year collaboration with Academy Award Nominated director Spike Lee on such ﬁlms as 25th Hour, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, She Hate Me, Jesus Children of America, as well as numerous commercials. In 2008, Joseph met director Scott Rosenbaum while preparing to shoot the movie The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Perfect Age is their ﬁrst collaboration. As partners in the production company Red Hawk Films, White and Rosenbaum are currently involved in the development of several follow-up projects together.