Michel LaTorre, a Spotlight interview

Michel LaTorre, a Spotlight interview

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Michel LaTorre
American – Ecuadorian born Los Angeles, California, USA, Based in Quito, Ecuador
Education: Marymount Palos Verdes College, California, Associate of Arts A.A.
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, Bachelor of Communication Arts B.A.

Tell us something about your inspiration as a filmmaker?

I have a deep devoted affection for the visual, musical as well as storytelling art forms and the medium of film combines all these arts into one. 

Currently, I’m passionate about filming stories that combine mythological, philosophical, and social engineering subject matters in ways that are far-seeing and relevant to the spirit of the times.

When and how did you begin your filmmaking career?

My childhood in Studio City, California placed me close to the Los Angeles TV and film scene and allowed me to look at several productions filmed on location around my own neighborhood.  I reveled in watching movies at home and at the cinema. I took a photography class in high school. I went to film school in college and university. Later I  bought the film and video equipment, opened my production house, and shot all sorts of commercial and industrial work.  In between my commercial work I would write and shoot short films to develop my skills in narrative filmmaking.

How many films have you made and which one is your own favorite?

In the narrative category, I´ve made eight short fiction films and one narrative feature. “Distopia” my first feature film is my favorite because it combines the result of all my accumulated experience in filmmaking, my love for genre films, and a story that reflects the subject matter closest to my mind and my heart.  

Tell us something about your experience with your first-ever film project isn’t it a very special thing to remember forever?

Despite my novice, beginner-level technique my first film footage looked so beautiful, so mesmerizing to me. 

As I watched my incipient first motion pictures my heart pounded, my mouth opened wide, I was struck and I knew then that I would continue to remain hopelessly in love with film forever. 

How would you describe work as an independent filmmaker isn’t it more challenging?

The digital age has made filmmaking more achievable. Making a living

narrative film is a great challenge.

What’s the most exciting thing for you in filmmaking?

Having gained essential skill sets in the course of completing my first feature film I now look forward to the digital film age that removes many of the earlier production and post-production limitations. 

What projects are you currently working on? What are your future plans in the industry?

I’m working on a sequel to my first film “Distopia”. In the future, I would like to build a larger audience for my films.

Where can our readers follow and see your film work

Distopia – Official Trailer (2020) New Version





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