Andrew is a first-generation, Latino American who received his degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin where he won many awards and recognition as a young filmmaker. His work as director of photography on Perils in Nude Modeling helped garner the film a Student Academy Award Nomination for best live-action short in 2003.
After graduating from UT, he began his career as a cinematographer by shooting short films and commercials. In 2005, he became a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild and shot his first feature film Bella, which received the prestigious “People’s Choice Award” at the Int’l Toronto Film Festival. In 2006, his live action work caught the attention of Pixar Animation Studios leading him to work as a Layout Artist in the Camera and Staging department on several hit features including Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monster’s University and Finding Dory among several other hit films.
In 2011, Cadelago returned to live-action as a director of photography on the feature film Little Boy, a $25 million WWII period film shot at the renowned Fox Studios in Rosarito, Mexico. Little Boy is ranked among the top 10 highest grossing Mexican productions of all time. Cadelago also wrote, directed, and co-produced an animated short, Snack Attack, produced at Arc Productions, formerly Starz Animation (Gnomeo and Juliet, 9, Hoodwinked). The film delighted audiences around the world and received multiple awards including the Grand Prize for best short at the 2013 NYICFF by GKIDS (Song of the Sea, A Cat in Paris and Chico and Rita). The film was distributed by Universal Pictures on the Blu Ray release of Little Boy. In 2017, Snack Attack was selected to screen nation wide before the animated classic, My Neighbor Totoro by legendary director Hayao Miyazaki as part of the Studio Ghibli Fest presented by GKIDS. At the time of this writing, the film has received over thirty million views on YouTube.
In addition to his theatrical film work, Cadelago has also produced and directed commercials, contributed as an artist on theme park rides, VR content, and consulted on major domestic and international studio productions. He is currently developing several live action and animated projects. He lives with his wife and two kids in the Bay Area.