Today we’d like to introduce you to David-Anthony Baez.
David-Anthony, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Queens, New York where I found my love for filmmaking. I was fortunate enough to find a school that embraced and nurtured my passion at the Academy for Careers in Television and Film. I was given an amazing foundation and great opportunities to begin my film career. At a young age, I began to enter and win various film festivals such as the ConEd Get Out the Vote Film Contest in my freshman year all the way to the SNY Film Festival in my senior year.
My first experience of observing an audience watch and enjoy one of my projects sparked the passion that pushed me into pursuing a career in the film industry. From then on, I worked hard and maintained good grades earning the title of valedictorian for my graduating class. I started my company, Twenty 5 Productions, working with local artists and businesses to create content such as music videos, commercials, short films, and numerous other projects. Through networking and social media, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on tour with Blesiv, a Los Angeles based YouTube celebrity. Thus, allowing me to live part-time in LA working coast to coast with various artist and social media influencers.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road I took to get to where I am today was unfortunately not a smooth one. When I was three years old, I lost my baby brother to an unexpected heart condition. Losing my brother completely changed my life and has always been my motivation to strive and work hard at everything I do. Growing up, I was diagnosed with dysgraphia which has impacted my education, stumped my creativity and at one point, made it impossible for me to express myself. Not being able to perform simple tasks, such as writing my own name legibly, left me feeling insecure and at times voiceless when it came to any form of art or creativity. However, discovering filmmaking allowed me to have a voice and gave me an outlet to express myself which has completely impacted every aspect of my life. I am now able to tell my story through my films as well as influence viewers all around the world. Which is why I decided to name my company “Twenty 5 Productions” after my little brother who was born January 25th, 2002. Having the number 25 represents me and what I love to do keeps me focused and allows me to let his legacy live on.
Please tell us about Twenty 5 Productions.
Twenty 5 Productions is a video production service that specializes in 3D stereoscopic photography, narrative style filmmaking as well as commercial based media. My production company is known for its one on one service that strongly encourages all clients to be apart of every step of the process. I enjoy getting close with all my clients to really understand their vision and vice versa. This allows everyone involved to be truly apart of the project resulting in a much more personal and unique product. Many other videographers often forget the importance of this relationship which is what sets Twenty 5 Productions apart from other video production services. Another important difference is the importance of narrative that I push to implement in all my projects. Narrative is the key to turning a variation of different shots into a complex story that can make a project more enjoyable for all audiences. Like stated in my favorite quote by Christopher Nolan, “A camera is a camera, a shot is a shot, how you tell the story is the main thing.”
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, one thing I would do differently would be to incorporate my cultural background into my work. I think that it is important to embrace my nationality and represent both my Puerto Rican and Dominican culture into my films. I think promoting diversity in film is important so that the next young Latino filmmaker can follow their dreams just like I did. My goal is to work in the Hollywood film industry and break the barriers so that more Latinos can be part of the film industry. Throughout my experiences, I have learned many lessons and as I continue to grow not only as a filmmaker but as a member of the Latino community, I intend on using my platform to help diversify the film industry.
- Website: twenty5productions.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/da.baez25/