Filmmaker, 2nd Unit Director,
& Stunt Coordinator
Phil Culotta’s work isn’t seen, it’s felt. He designs action sequences that bring to an intelligent audience the experience of being part of the story.
He’s a long-established Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director who was always chosen for his inherent story-telling talent since long before it became the norm to combine stunts and directing as a profession.
From early in his career, filmmaking represented an unlikely but perfect merging of Phil’s two passions; photography and pushing himself to extremes physically. It’s his natural talent for delivering emotion through a visual medium that has the most influence on his approach to, and success in, stunts.
As a performer, Phil always craves a greater understanding of how a sequence should leave the viewer feeling, and he stays committed to that above all else. As a Coordinator, he inspires the same in his performers, and as a Director, he delivers it visually by creating sequence compositions that reel the audience in for a first-hand experience.
Director’s vision, fiscal responsibility, safety, collaboration, and especially story. These are things that he knows will form the parameters and guidelines for what he creates, and he engages all those things intimately, so he can commit creatively to capturing the moments while respecting limitations and navigating the broader complexities that come with every production.
He can design award-winning action sequences that out-blast all the others while knowing the wow factor still comes from the story it tells.
He holds all the accolades one might expect from a top-ranked, world-class professional in his field. But more impressive than any award or trophy is the sincerity behind everything he does. Phil’s genuineness and maturity, blended with his intuitiveness and depth of industry exposure, bring invaluable confidence to the working experience for everyone. Producers and Directors know they can count on a collaborative contributor who cares about all the interdepartmental intricacies that go into every sequence, and who appreciates all the tiny pieces that influence the bigger picture, while always finding an authentic visual path to achieving an emotive and compelling viewer experience.