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Meet Jonathan Suarez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Suarez.

Jonathan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It’s 1997 and I’m five years old. I’m watching and reenacting in my living room that famous scene in Starship Troopers when Johnny Rico is holding on for dear life on the back of the Tankerbug, he then detonates a grenade in the bug and gets sent flying in the air, and walks away like it was nothing. I, on the other hand, jump off my couch armrest as the grenade explodes, hit my coffee table and break my arm instantly, that was the moment I knew I wanted to work on movies.

Fast forward 21 years later and I graduated from Film school at the California State University of Northridge. Since graduating I have been freelancing ever since working on all kinds of projects ranging from music videos, commercials, and films. I started as a camera assistant and working in the grip and lighting department. Doing so, allowed me to observe and learn from many other talented individuals; from learning lighting techniques, the technicality of the camera, and how to a great leader of the department, which ranges from having good communication skills, and a good personality. People want to work with somebody that they can be around for 12hrs a day.

I am fortunate to always be working with great and amazingly talented individuals on many projects that I DP on. My most notable project is with Aplusfilmz on Ybn Cordae and Anderson Pakk’s “RNP” music video that came out last year in 2019. Aplusfilmz (Fredo Tovar, Edwin Tovar, Scott Fleishman) has been a staple in the early stages of my career, which I have been fortunate to have worked with on many awesome projects in 2019 and more yet to be released. 2019 was a great year in my career as a cinematographer and I am looking forward to what 2020 and the future will bring. I’m excited to keep learning, working with many talented people, to take on new challenges and to keep working on my craft.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think the biggest challenge, especially from using social media, has been comparing yourself to others. You see people you may know succeeding or working on awesome projects, while you may have had only a couple DP gigs this month or none at all. It was important to learn that everyone has their path and their own goals and that its a marathon, not a sprint. It’s also important to start embracing people’s successes especially those around you that you know and or have worked with because that leads to motivation and determination. Everything takes patience and commitment and before you know it you’re doing what you love.

Tell us more about your work.
I’m a Cinematographer and I love shooting Narratives, music videos, and commercials. Each genre brings different challenges and styles to each type of project. As a Cinematographer, I’m in charge of bringing the director’s vision to life by lighting and camera movement. Lighting is a skill that I study and love the most about the art form because every project brings on something new to the table. You have to approach lighting differently to match the specific look and feel of the material, Having a great lighting technique can help separate you from the rest of the crowd. I love cinematography and film making and there is nothing else I would trade it for in the world. There is nothing more full filling than watching the final cut of a project and being proud of all the hard work myself and my crew put into something that turned out great and being eager for the project to be released for the world to see.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Just more and more content being produced than ever before. Every technological aspect of camera and lighting has been improving at a faster rate, and we keep seeing the latest and greatest piece of technology in the film it feels like every couple of months. Which in turn, gives people the ability to have easier access to more and more professional equipment and big equipment to make better projects… Hopefully good projects.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: (909)-644-1013
  • Email: jonsuarez.film@gmail.com

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