We had the good fortune of connecting with Ale Rubiera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ale, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
One of the most important values for me, personal and professional wise is honesty and respect. I strongly believe that following those values on set as a cinematographer can definitely make a huge difference in the development of a project. If everyone respects each other, the general atmosphere on set will be positive and smoother and it will allow everyone to enjoy better what we love to do and that is shoot. Also, being honest is something that rules my way of being and working, it is really important for me because it always allows you to be trustable to all of the team members. And trust each other is for sure something that makes stronger teams.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Cinematography is the art, and craft of capturing a story visually by motion pictures. As a cinematographer or director of photography, my job is to always support the story in a visual way. Every decision I make is to enhance the narrative of the story.
I will say that my main strengths as a cinematographer are being a good leader that always protects her crew, and being good at communicating, listening, and expressing my ideas with the team members. Also, something that defines my way to work is that I am really passionate about my job, and that allows me to always give my best. I like to challenge myself in every project, researching and bring ideas that can strengthen the director’s vision in every frame.
Honestly, be where am I professionally now has been tough, with a lot of ups and downs, especially as a woman cinematographer, I have been treated in sexist ways sometimes but I am lucky enough to be always supported by my family, friends, and great people that believe
in me to work with.
It has been a long path working hard until the doors started to be open, but I enjoy the road and it has been totally worth it. There is nothing else I enjoy the most than being a cinematographer. Whenever I am working on it, I forget about everything else and really enjoy it.
One of the main lessons I have learned along my way is to keep pushing forward even in the worst moments because if we overcome them we will always stand up stronger and renewed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am an old fashion one. When some family or friends visit me I always encourage them to take the city sight buses to have the main idea of the city and from there, they can tell me what they like the most and from there find better ideas to do with them.
I am recently also into the surf, so if they have adventurous souls definitely I would recommend going for it on any of the beautiful beaches we have around. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people that have been supporting my career and dreams since I started my professional path. So definitely, my family, close friends, and my main mentor since university and nowadays one of my best friends Liliana Chavez, deserve all my thanks and love for walking with me on this path. It is also important to mention that there is an endless list of people that have been really important during my professional path that I will always carry in my heart.