Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Pacheco.
Jordan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a Colorado native, growing up on a 3-acre alpaca farm in Elizabeth, Colorado (we also had chickens, ducks, sheep, and I raised a pig once). Hicktown, middle-of-nowhere farm living.
Even from a young age, I adored the arts and knew I wanted to do something in film, finally settling on cinematography in early high school. That being said, most of my formative years were in music; I was a trumpet player in two Denver jazz combos, as well as performed in many state honor bands and jazz conservatory programs.
Film still held me, and I entered Colorado Film School in 2013, graduating in 2015 with a degree in digital cinematography, and sneaking out Los Angeles before any of my friends knew I was gone!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My projects so far have been a shotgun-blast approach to the film industry. Shorts, features, corporate/commercial, run-and-gun, I’ve been blessed to capture a bit of it all. At this point in my career, I’ve hit a good balance between content that “pays the bills” and content that fulfills my deeper purpose. There’s a great wonder that comes by looking at life through a lens, and so my outlook is to bring the excitement of cinema even to projects that are outside that scope. Filmmakers have the most wonderful job in the world; we literally package and sell dreams to an audience.
I’m reminded when I’m shooting–no matter what I’m shooting–of that little boy on a Colorado farm making Lego movies with a miniDV camcorder. I still feel him inside, regardless of budget; Alexa Minis with Cooke S4s, down to my A7s2 with a Canon 18-55 kit lens, there’s a great thrill in story-telling with people you care about or subjects you are drawn to.
Cinematography is an enhancement of stories and messages, and I view my abilities as the best writing utensils a director can have. If anything could be taken by my work, I hope it sparks an urge for others to get out and shoot something! Let that little kid inside loose for a second!
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Aside from filmmaking, I am an amateur historian, having everything except the degree. If history could be condensed to a little quip, it may be this: “You’re not as unique as you think you are, and your ancestors weren’t so different.”
To the point; the artist and storyteller have always had the fundamentally same job; it is simply the methods that change. The great themes and narrative we once were told around cave fires are being manifested today at the movie theater or on an Ipad.
There have always been artists who find their purpose speaking truth to power, or frightening children in the dark, or, yes, having robots smash into each other for a hundred million dollars. The fact that we draw inspiration from Homer, Cervantes, Keaton, Hitchcock, and other artists across all the mediums is positive proof we are locked into a tradition far greater than ourselves and the issues of our present day.
This timeless idea in mind has largely kept my work from being overly influenced by the events of our time. No doubt some of it is, but it’s not an overtly conscious decision. I find the pinnacle of good art is its ability to transcend the confines of its time, to find an audience across history and cultures.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my work at jpachecofilms.com.
But, if you really want to support me… you could just hire me for your next project!
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