El Sicario: An Interview with Ricky Gonzalez



Tell us about yourself. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

Working as TV Commercials and TV Content I grew up with the idea of learning cinematography, this art has always been in my mind, in 2000 I decided to fully learn the trade, and 5 movies later I’m still doing it.



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

Deadlines, I’m such a detailed person, I'm striving to do one more take all the time, Being Director & Cinematographer ay the same time, gives some more problems to solve all the time.


What makes you want to tell stories? In other words, what are the themes/issues you want to incorporate into your work?

I wanted to tell the stories that nobody wanted to tell about Mexico and their mafia, I grew up with the idea of creating such hard content.


Please tell us about your vision and your method of approaching a new project.

I’m proud to have an excellent team here at RMX Studios, we have meetings where we discuss my vision and the way to execute it from script to reality.


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

Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino, was my best director influencers, and Roger Deakins has been my influence as a cinematographer.



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

filmmaking/creation?

Personally covid affected one of our movies (we weren’t able to completed it at all) it had such an impact in everyones lives, the reality is that we were scared even to have meetings in person.


What advice would you give to aspiring artists? What are some of the things they must follow/avoid?

Never stop creating and believing in yourself, if someone says otherwise, just keep doing it.


Do you think films/stories can bring about a change in the world?

All productions have inspiration in spectators, especially those with raw content and with lessons of life.



What do you think people like to watch these days? Has the pandemic changed people's taste?

After the pandemic looks like people become more sensitive about stories, now these stories have to be more depth and created with more creativity than before.


Please tell us about your upcoming projects.

We are working on our Feature films titled “Eva Genesis” and “El Sicario 2” along with a couple of more titles.