Alexander Sasha Piltsin was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, on November 28, 1979. He grew up in Ukraine and St. Petersburg, Russia. After a brief stay in Vietnam, where his father served a professorship in English, Sasha moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1996. In 1998, he graduated from R.C. Palmer Secondary School, where he studied drama, and began to pursue a career in acting. In 2005 he graduated from Capilano University in "Cinematography and Film", which provided him a perspective both behind and in front of the camera.