Biography

Short biography

I was born in Venezuela in 1989. I studied at the national film school of Venezuela, La Escuela Nacional de Cine (ENC) 2014-2016. In Venezuela I have been working on different projects such as editing short films, producing video-clips and assisting a production of a feature film (Abril: Golpe Adentro). In Colombia I have worked professionally as co-editor on a feature film (Perdido en Los Farallones) as well as on a documentary about the post-agreement in Colombia (Colombia Year One). I have been editing video-clips for an international dance festival in Cali (Bienal Internacional de Danza), making promotional videos for private companies, and I have been working on my own projects, including the #AForeginSight production. I am always open for new opportunities; determined to keep learning, to keep improving, and keep widening my horizon. I am looking forward to working with you.

Extended version

I was born in Venezuela in 1989. After getting my high school degree in 2006 I was not sure what I wanted to do, so I spend a few years working and studying various careers in different parts of the country. I was studying civil engineering, electronic engineering and even medicine, but it wasn’t until I got to Caracas and took an Adobe After Effects course that something caught my interest. On the course I met the video editor Gabriel Langain, who told me that if I wanted to study film making, I should have a look at the national film school of Venezuela, La Escuela Nacional de Cine (ENC). I signed up in 2014 and started a process that would turn out to transform my life. I had never heard about the concepts in the audio-visual language, but when editing, I could feel it. It was love at first sight. It was like I had been waiting for this my whole life.

After two years of study, where I among other things had been working on photography projects, editing short films, producing video-clips, and assisting the production of a feature film, the political and economic situation of my country started to change. I found myself unable to continue financing my studies. I was frustrated, because the degree was just around the corner – I just couldn’t get there. But as my father said: If you look at the bright side of a negative situation, you might find an opportunity. And he was right.

Teamwork at ENC, directing (2014)

I finished some projects, packed my bags and took the next bus to Colombia. After two days of travelling I arrived in Cali. Why Cali? Because Nisdeli Bompart had advised me to do so after I told her about my plans to go to Bogotá. “It’s nicer here – and you’ll find more opportunities.” And she was right. After a month of working in restaurants, walking home from one of my shifts I saw a guy with a t-shirt saying “Filmando Perdido en Los Farallones” (Filming Lost in The Farallones). He went into a supermarket and – assuming he was a film director or producer – my curiosity made me follow him; I might as well take advantage and buy a new light bulb to replace the one that had died out the day before. I ‘accidentally’ stumbled into the guy in one of the aisles, took a deep breath and introduced myself. His name was Mario Jinete, main character and producer of the film Perdido en Los Faralllones. A man with a dream, a story to tell, and lot of determination to make it real.

After that ‘accidental meeting’ I knew my life wasn’t going to be the same again; the universe opened with new opportunities and challenges.

Filming Perdido en los Farallones, cameraman (2016)

I joined the team of production consisting – apart from the producer Mario Jinete – of the director Fabio Garcia and a small crew of three people. Together we put all our efforts and energies into the project; it wasn’t just a film; it was a message of peace in a time of change. In Colombia a peace agreement had just been signed, and our project touched upon some central themes of justice, forgiveness and the environmental challenges awaiting in the post-agreement era.

After eight months of hard work, we finished the film in August 2017. For me it was like finishing film school – on those eight months I learned much more than I would have done on the final semesters. With the experience I got more confidence in shooting and find that working in teams of editing is much more fluid. I have since been working on a documentary about the post-agreement in Colombia (Colombia Year One), editing video-clips for an international dance festival in Cali (Bienal Internacional de Danza), making promotional videos for private companies and continued my own projects, including the #AForeginSight production. I feel that during my time in Colombia my experience has widened, and I have complemented my skills gained at the film school and working on other projects in Venezuela. I am determined to keep learning, to keep improving, and keep widening my horizon.

I am looking forward to working with you.