An Interview With Emil Gallardo: The Director of the Award-Winning Film “1, 2, 3, All Eyes On Me”
Interview Article Q&A
Q: In regards to your life as a filmmaker now, what truly inspired you to get into this industry?
A:To me it always comes back to the stories, it comes down to empathy. I feel like stories are an amazing way to create empathy because you can take the audience and just drop them into your main character’s shoes, and if you were to have a conversation I could tell you how it was like to grow up in LA and you know you could kinda imagine but in a film, it’s so immersive, it’s such an immersive art form. It has music, your camera, your lenses, your actors. You name it locations, editing, there’s so many tools as a filmmaker that you have to create an experience. In a film, you get to create the whole environment everything they see, everything they hear.
Q: In regards to your journey as a filmmaker, was there anything that stands out in terms of biggest disappointment, failure, or mistake that you would consider your biggest learning, biggest teaching moment?
A: Yeah I feel like I’m learning constantly. As a director, I’ve made several mistakes, so one thing I do at the end of every project is I make a very objective list of everything that went well, everything that didn’t, and then what I wanna correct going into the next one. And it’s like not even ruthless because there’s no judgment, it’s just very objective, and it includes myself obviously, but it’s everything, it’s everything that I can think of. Like these went well, these didn’t, and then so I go look back and I go look at that, I do it immediately after, leading up to the next production I look at that just to refresh myself.
Q: In terms of advice for our audience who want to get into the industry is there may be one or two things that you want to share with our audience?
A: Yeah and my advice comes from my life experience with this industry, there is no one path, it’s not like if you want to be a doctor or a lawyer, there are very specific steps that you have to take, that doesn’t exist so for one would be having that expectation that there is no specific one path, so your story is gonna be different and what worked for one person may not work for you, but my first thing, especially to younger emerging filmmakers, would be, even if you wanna be a director or a writer, having actual production experience is invaluable. I think the more production experience you have in a variety of departments, knowing how to take a script and transform it into the final product that the viewer consumes will only make your writing and directing stronger.
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