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Francisco Gacuya Talks About Filmmaking and Emotions

Tell us about yourself. What inspired you to become a filmmaker? Many factors inspired me. For instance, the scenic view was one of my favourite inspirations before I shot my film. Another factor is my motivation. I am very inspired when I am motivated but the most inspirational in my life is my father. He is the reason why I am a filmmaker today. We have been doing this since I was a kid and I learned from him, I learned how to edit, he showed me how to hold a camera,

He taught me how to press the button and record a scene so on and so forth.

Talk about your last work. What are some of the challenges you faced during production?

The biggest challenge I faced during production is Coordination. I like being challenged, especially when facing people to talk and trying to convince them with my story. Most people are afraid to be in front of the camera, that’s why when someone believes my story these challenges are overcome.

What makes you want to tell stories? In other words, what are the themes/issues you want to incorporate into your work? Scary/mystery/suspense and creating Feelings and emotions, these are the themes/issues that I like to incorporate with my work. For me, without issues in the movie, the movie itself isn’t effective.

Can you tell us about your vision and your method of approaching a new project? How to vision and approach my new project is by collecting ideas in different points of view, for example ; watching TV, long distance driving, jogging or some sort of exercise. I have this feeling in me when I notice something good vibes I’ll take note and put into my thoughts.

Who are your filmmaking influencers? What are the films that were influential for you?

I didn’t have the influence of film makers' influence, I just like their movies. During my childhood I watched many movies over and over, like; grease, history of the world, rocky, sounds of music, labyrinth, abba music band. When I watch these movies it never bothers me to look into who the filmmakers are, nothing like that, I just watch it because I like it so much.

How do you think the industry is changing? How has COVID affected independent filmmaking/creation?

It has had huge changes in the film industry due to covid and its pandemic. There were hardly any people in the theatre, movies are for sale online so on and so forth. These have some significant changes negatively and also in positive manners as well.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists? What are some of the things they must follow/avoid? My Advice is to never let go with your thoughts and listen to your feelings and to avoid being selfish; Share the idea to your team or production crew, these are my tools.

Do you think films/stories can bring about a change in the world? Yes, I do think that movies have a huge impact in changing the world, once a hit movie is being a blockbuster film people start copying what they watch and with these social media around us sometimes when they copy it and followers like it and has potentially viral in different platform, i.e. FB, TikTok etc…

What do you think people like to watch these days? Has the pandemic changed people's taste? People's movies taste like I think I didn’t notice it, but one thing for sure the younger generation like zombies movies and Netflix platform.

Can you tell us about your upcoming projects? I have this new project that I’m workin on, a San Francisco horror story. It's about a teenager from San Francisco who has fourth stage cancer and she is seeking a cure. The cure is somewhere in Asia, she travels to find her cure and she finds it and is cured from it but with a gruesome condition. With this project I’m open to ideas from anybody who is willing to join in with me.


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