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Art & Life with Horacio Martinez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Horacio Martinez.

Horacio, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and live in Los Angeles, California.

​I started my passion for visual storytelling at age 16 when I got his my Nikon SLR camera. As a former composer kept film and ambient music as a huge part of my life composing from short films to various BTS for photographers and videographers.

​Former journalist, I finished my studies and got my bachelors degree in Journalism. During my teenage years, I worked as a P.A at a TV station in Venezuela.

​After all the political chaos happening in my country, I moved to San Diego, CA, in 2013 with who at that time was my Girlfriend and later on became my wife. Started working as bathroom attendant, living from tips by giving away cigarettes, gum, candies, perfume in the men’s bathroom on the most crazy and chaotic ambients that the nightlife of SD could come up with. New in town all I was trying to do is get a job that could help me survive and pay my bills, in order to move on and achieve my dream in the Film Industry.

In 2014, I moved to LA where I got a job at another bar but his time as a Barback, job that helped me save some money and conjunction with the help of my wife being able to attend the New York Film Academy in Burbank, and it that matter formalize my studies in Cinematography in 2017.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am Cinematographer, I am responsible to translate the vision and the soul of a story to reality. I am a slave to the story, I take every project or adventure that I embark very intimate and personally close to my craft and passion. Every project is a blank canvas that in collaboration with other people and artists we give it a soul and personality of its own, with its own message in which I always hope we can inspire people, society and keep this wonderful form of art alive.

Every day it is a different challenge which makes this craft very easy to fall in love with. We as a cinematographer, we are problem solvers, we are responsible for the light, the mood, the texture, the soul of the project, we are only as good as our crew, a brotherhood of artists creating piece by piece a complex puzzle that we always hope will transcend time and adversities.

We are pioneers of The Art of the Invisible when people don’t notice our work; it’s when we are doing our job right as cinematographers.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
In my opinion, art is immortal, we as human beings will always find our way to express ourselves either if it’s through visual art, music, fashion, movies, etc. even in the darkest times, no matter the oppression, Art is adaptable.

We will always feel the need of expressing our emotions, and we will always try to leave our mark in the world or peoples lives and leave a legacy to the world with our actions, ways of thinking or forms of art.

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Directors: Ayush Soni, Toby Kearton, Modiyar

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2 Comments

  1. Ayush Soni

    March 4, 2019 at 23:27

    Horacio is one of the most hands-on practical DP I have worked with, he tends to understand a Director’s vision with just a little description and brings out the best out of a scene.

  2. sandra

    March 5, 2019 at 15:05

    Hijo mio tus palabra ciertas y vividas despierta en mi sentimientos de admiración …empezaste a recorrer un camino lleno de momentos difíciles y gratos pero se q tu perseverancia por lograr tus sueños te llevaran lejos te amo….

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