Cinematographer Christopher Baffa became interested in filmmaking at an early age, inspired by countless viewings of "The Sound of Music. " He attended the University of Southern California's film school in the late 1980s, originally aspiring to be a director. One of his professors encouraged Baffa to take up cinematography, since his student films rarely made any sense but always exhibited a professional look. After graduating in 1990, he began working in Hollywood in the early 1990s as a camera operator, electrician, and grip for low-budget films like "The Giving," "Into the Sun," and "Public Access." Later in the decade he began serving as the director of photography on more mainstream Hollywood productions such as "Suicide Kings" and "Idle Hands." Baffa started the 2000s with a cinematographer role in the sequel "Next Friday," which helped him land one of his more notable credits in 2005. That year he began serving as the chief cinematographer on FX's hit series "Nip/Tuck." His ability to portray the glitz and glam of Hollywood's elite, in contrast to the sleazy, narcissistic underbelly, earned Baffa critical acclaim as a director of photography. His work on the show led to his official membership in the American Society of Cinematographers in 2007 and, shortly after, landed a cinematography role on the hit musical series "Glee" in 2009.