Our Team

Meet the team behind Astropiano Films.

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JESSICA COOK

Jessica became interested in filmmaking in high school. Unsure of what path to take in college, she soon realized there was nothing stopping her from carrying out her dream. She started off creating music videos, then unexpectedly found herself writing a feature-length film titled Sunblocked. Jessica primarily directs and edits, but also has skills behind the camera.

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SHANNON CARTER

Since an early age, Shannon has shown a strong passion for acting. Her first acting gig came as a teenager when she was cast in a community theater production of the play “Bus Stop”. She was the youngest actor and the first to be cast. After dabbling in some student film work, Shannon landed work on many Hollywood films shot in Boston (“The Social Network”, “Bride Wars”, “Surrogates”), working with celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Anna Faris, Jennifer Garner, Chris Evans, Kevin James and Jesse Eisenberg.  She was featured alongside Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson for “Bride Wars” in numerous publications including People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times, to name a few. Shannon teamed up with Jessica in 2006 to form Astropiano Films and has not only been cast as lead roles in the company’s projects, but has also taken on the jobs of Producer, Marketing Director and Writer. “Mark of the Dog Rose”, Astropiano Film’s most recent project, is her first script. In addition to working on films, Shannon is currently writing a book series called “The Heir of Tara” series. The first book will be her debut novel.

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GREGORY COOK

Gregory Cook first realized his passion for film in 2004 while enlisted in an animation program. He immediately realized he preferred videography to animation and thus enrolled in Boston University’s CDIA film division. Upon graduating in 2007, he joined with Jessica (Saccardo) Cook (his now wife) and her film partner Shannon Carter, to become a part of the Astropiano Films’ team.  A gifted cinematographer Greg has done camera work and editing for Astropiano Film’s newest feature film “Mark of the Dog Rose”. Some of his other credits include “The Keeping”, which won Best Student Film at the Brandeis Film Festival and “The Entries” that won Best Short Film at the Hope Film Festival. Greg and Jessica recently decided to expand the company’s services to include Wedding Videography, which Greg is head of. For rate inquiries and samples of their work please see “Weddings” page.