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Check Out Zach Ambroise’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zach Ambroise.

Zach, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started my journey after graduating college with a bachelor’s from Morgan State University and master’s from UArts in music. After exploring different avenues in the entertainment business, I have discovered a desire to become a film composer. Moving to Los Angeles was a huge decision for me in 2016 but it made sense because it’s one of the top cities for entertainment, and it is an opportunistic place to connect with musicians and filmmakers. Of course, everything came to a pause during the pandemic and I had to figure out how I can continue to grow in the film industry; that’s when filming my own content came into fruition. I began to write simple scripts and asked actors around the city if they’d like to act in these short films. Also, I would do test shots with friends and family which allowed me to compose to my movies. As I continued to create content, I started to love the process of filming images. I studied the art of film by teaching myself and learning certain techniques from some of my biggest influencers such as Roger Deakins, Bradford Young, and Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki. Now, I have a production company, Ambroise Studios, and I will use that platform to build my portfolio as a cinematographer and composer.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This journey has not been smooth at all but nothing in life comes smoothly. First, finding content to film can be difficult. I realized that I had to wear a lot of hats and that you can’t depend on other talents to get things done the way you’ve planned. Relying on other creators takes a lot of trial and error but I had to prove myself in the process as well. Building relationships and chemistry with filmmakers, actors, crew members, etc… takes time. So, in these moments I write, film, edit, color, compose my own content until I find opportunities with those who specialize in specific job titles to ease my workload. I still enjoy this experience because I appreciate each step of the filmmaking process and it expands my mind on what it takes to make a great story.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a cinematographer and composer. I specialize in dramatic films and minimalistic composition. I am most proud of taking the leap of faith to pursue this career and that I have been able to work for other filmmakers in Los Angeles. What sets me apart from others is that I make my own music in my films, and I am delighted that I can express emotions visually and through hearing.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
My advice to those starting out is to just start! It seems simple but our mind is so powerful that it can hold us back from advancing. I don’t take everything that people say to me too seriously. When I receive criticism, I sit back and evaluate it. If people think negative of my work then I move on; people are allowed to have different opinions so holding on to that feedback will cause you to procrastinate or quit. Always try to prove to yourself that you are getting better by doing the work and studying the craft. Filmmaking or composing has to get to the point where it crosses your mind everyday. Also, do films based on your experiences and feelings. Everyone has a story.

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