Steve Wargo owns and runs Arizona based SWAT HD Productions. He works as a Producer, Director and Director of Photography. SWAT is an acronym for Steve Wargo and Team
He is producing a feature film titled Poison Sky with cast members Kevin Sorbo, Glenn Plummer, Trisha Mann-Grant, Arlene Newman-Van Asperen, Tyler Galant and Greg Joseph. Poison Sky is a docudrama that is being shot in three states over a three year timetable. Locations have included Merced, California with a C-130 military cargo plane and a 92′ Luxury Yacht in San Diego Harbor.
Future projects include the hilarious comedy “Trailer Trash”, a crime thriller, “DFA”, and a docudrama titled “Seasons of Night”.
After working as an extra in Used Cars (1979), The Gauntlet (1980) and Cloud Dancer (1980), Wargo became interested in the craft of filmmaking.
His first job as a film cinematographer was for director Ken Kennedy’s “Aggie
- The Farmer’s Daughter” in 1988. Kennedy was preparing the 70s film
for re-release and needed to shoot a new opening and a new ending. The movie has cameo appearances by Nick Nolte as the villain and Kevin Simpson as the prison guard.
In 2002, along with his partner and wife, Jackie Wargo, purchased the first Sony F-900 HD camera in Arizona. Designed by Sony and George Lucas, the F-900 would revolutionize the film industry.
Wargo was hired to shoot “Psycho Manor” for Matt Deitch in November 2002 and he shot the action packed, stunt laced western, “The Last Gunfighter” for director Russell Clay in 2003.
In 2004, as Director Tony Topaz neared release of Blood Money, he decided to do a re-shoot of 2 scenes of the film. He opted that he would shoot HD instead of 35mm film and chose Wargo to complete the task. After seeing the quality of the new scenes,he contracted with Wargo to re-shoot over 50% of the movie in HD.
In 2005, he was hired as Director of Photography and Cinematographer for The Hoax, starring Lyn Pyrce, Kathleen Benner and Gene Gansel which is now available on NetFlix. Also in 2005, he was hired in the same capacity on The Controller which went on the STARZ on-demand and then into distribution.
SWAT HD was contracted to produce Romans Road for director Helen Gibson in 2012. Romans Road was chosen best film at the Cancun International Film Festival and is currently released on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Jackie Wargo