How did you get started in the video industry? And how was the market like at the time?

I started working with video because surfing led me to it. I have a good friend Mickey Bernardoni, he was filming and editing his surf sessions with a VHS camera back in the 90s and I ended up getting into it in an organic way. While one of us was filming the other one was surfing, it was a lot of fun and and we still do it today. I am very grateful to him and to surf, the combination of the two really made me love working and creating videos.

The market was totally different, it was not as accessible as it is now, the equipment was much more expensive, the period of time between me picking up my first camera and slowly transitioning into a more professional environment lasted almost ten years. , In my opinion, things changed when the DSLR cameras came into play, that opened many doors and gave filmmakers an idea of what lied ahead.

When did the project Levoyage start? Tell us a little bit about the project that has now become Un Voyage in partnership with Loic, who has also been interviewed here.(Click here to read Loic’s interview)

Levoyage started in 2013, I wanted to make my original fashion work more segmented, having a space, a website just for that. At that time I was in transition, making surf films, but opening my mind to other types of work, and fashion has always attracted me in a certain way, it gave me creative freedom. So I thought I’d start doing some fashion editorials with other photographers and videographers.

Un Voyage has been in the works for many years. Loic and I have a very cool synergy and we’ve been planning and talking about this not being quite sure when and how it would happen, and it finally came to life. We are forming a duo as directors for the production company Untitled. We are very happy and anxious to finally put our ideas to work, it will be a new phase in our lives.

Your videos are very unique, how is the process of creating the concept of these films? What are some of your references / inspiration?

The concept always comes from a bigger universe. Ideas don’t come out of nowhere, it always requires time for research, to arrive at something different and unique. It’s base on teamwork and exchanging knowledge from all areas involved. This pre-production process usually takes several days. But it depends, sometimes there isn’t much pre-production time, sometimes the idea is already there and it just needs to be executed. It varies a lot from project to project, but a well done pre-production always results in a well done video.

How has it been to innovate and bring more post production and animations to your work?

I don't know if I'm innovating, there are so many good people in the market doing incredible things and that motivates me, and raises the bar, it makes you push yourself do always find ways to do something different. These ideas come from exchanging thoughts with the team responsible for post production. Working together, bringing visual references, finding ways to get to the result we are looking for. Sometimes the post production team will join us on set when the scenes are more complex.

You really like using old film cameras, what are the advantages and disadvantages of working with this type of equipment?

I don't know if I can think of disadvantages hehehe… I'm very passionate about film images, digital doesn't attract me as much as analog, the whole process of analog attracts me a lot, it seems that we give a lot more affection and value to the whole process, there is poetry behind it. There’s a lot more thought before I hit the rec button. The fact that it’s not something that we’ll see right away attracts me. You have a digital image from an Alexa or Red, or any other digital camera, I will always prefer analog images, for me there is still nothing more beautiful in cinema than a beautiful visual all on film.

What are your goals? Any project you would like to film that you haven't had the opportunity or the time yet? And what are some of your projects that you are most proud of?

I have been trying to hit goals in short deadlines. For 2021 I would like to work on more music videos, tell real stories that I can also identify with and maybe make a short film. I would very much like to run a feature film one day, but that will take a few more years of studying, time on set, I also want to have the necessary time to dedicate myself only to that.

The projects I feel most proud of are due to the circumstances and the transition period I was going through while filming, Haight’s Interior Landscapes was shot all in Super 16mm, Bolovo Studio by Bolovo was a reinterpretation of the aesthetics of a group of architects and designers created in Italy in the 60s called Super Studio and the video clip by Rico Jorge where we rescued the culture of Boi Bumbá, a tradition that is being lost in the Alagoas culture, which is passed on from generation to generation.

How do you see the market during the pandemic and in the future when this is all over?

I see the film market shaping our new reality, having to get used to and understand the safest way to be able to create. I don’t think we have a well-defined horizon for the future, it will be another unpredictable year until at least a big part of the population get’s vaccinated. But besides all that, I see the market is changing, slowly becoming  more inclusive, telling more diverse and real stories, which instigates me more and more to participate in this process.