We had the good fortune of connecting with David Reis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?

I’m an observer, the visual poetry is all over for free, the composition, the parallaxes, the patterns, this is natural in the world and I force myself to open my vision and my soul to let me be impressed by these small arrangements. Let the world hit you with casual-visual-poetry. If we don’t extend the limits of these sensibilities, how would we transcend the expectations of our hungry audience?

I’m inspired by what is not said. Life’s subtext. I am inspired by what is not given to me, by spoon-feeding. I’m inspired by what needs to be shown but it’s invisible to the eyes, freak human beings. The magnetism, the gravity, the wind, it’s easy to feel the intangible, but hard to show it on the screen without being cliché.

I’m inspired by what is missing, what is lost, the uncanny, the tension between what I understand and what pushes me to the edge of my culture.The cold breeze that hits you from the top of your head till your toes when you do the brave thing and will be consequences, all these makes my guts pulse.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

There are no shortcuts. You only get what you give! I am a film director and cinematographer, graduated in advertising by PUCRS in Brazil, here in America I studied Cinematography at UCLA. I used to take courses around the world, and I strongly recommend it to young filmmakers. This way I found the opportunity to study with the Palm D’or Abbas Kiarostami in Spain, EICTV in Cuba, Charles Watson in Brazil, and so on.

One very special moment in my career was the success of the show I was the director and cinematographer for Netflix in Latin America, called “Da Turma do Fundão Desde 1981” by the talented comedian Nando Viana (Comedy Central). I did it when I ran my own production company, Pyra Filmes, in Brazil for 8 years where my films were exhibited on platforms and venues such as Netflix, SXSW, MTV, Billboard, Bienal do Mercosul, etc. I directed commercials and branded content for major brands such as Coca-Cola, Heineken, Sprite, Votorantim, Gerdau, etc.

Currently I realized the dream to move to LA, to work my ass off in the Hollywood hills! In Los Angeles I worked as cinematographer for many cool projects, such as the Facebook Show “Boost my Business” with Tan France, the Christmas commercial for Stella Artois, I was the LA Unit director and cinematographer for the feature film “Love in Quarantine”, an amazing film directed by Miguel Rodrigues where we faced the challenges of shooting the film during the pandemic with a very tight crew.

Going back to my adolescence my odds of success weren’t great. I grew up in a community where friends were shot every corner. Due to a good score I got at a test, I won a scholarship to study Advertising and then my life changed, and my family too. Challenge yourself, I always loved to compete and feel that anger can be the best fuel sometimes.

I did an exchange to study in Spain, meanwhile my family lost our house due debts. The house my father inherited from my grandpas and I grew up was done, and I wasn’t even there to say bye. A big drama in my family. Because of this I learned that I wouldn’t invest my life in material things, that a storm could come and destroy everything. I spent my whole life studying in Universities, shooting and traveling to more than 20 countries. Knowledge and joy are the only unmissable treasures! 

Don’t give the story, reveal the story. The same applies to you, don’t ask for gigs, show your work to people. Verticalize. Trust your guts. Surround yourself with people you admire. Think big and trace the plan, your mood follows action. Move.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

Yooo! To me LA is a paradise to skateboarding, my fav spot is the Structure 6 Parking Lot in Santa Monica. There are 8 floors to drop and enjoy that cool parking lot peace, turn your RHCP up and drop it fast! It’s a very undiscovered spot where you can park up and on the rooftop you can enjoy the sunset looking on Malibu and the whole city behind. It’s that locals’ only mood.

The best place to buy camera gear in Los Angeles is Burbank, there are lots of fun buying straight from store brands such as Arri, Canon, RED, Filmtools, Abel Cine, etc. I know if you are a gear lover, that’s your kinda spot you can’t miss in LA.

PCH all the way up to San Francisco, this is the coolest driving to do in the US! You can start in LA and go up by the Pacific Coast Highway (1), many rest areas to stop and enjoy the cliffs. The best spots to visit are Santa Barbara, such a cozy and charming beach, then Big Sur with amazing cliffs, beaches and mountains, and Monterey Bay is another very romantic getaway that is worth it. You can go with your date or family that is 100% guaranteed!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

It’s so important to recognize our Brazilian and Latin community here in America. I really appreciate all the support and inspiration coming from our community. I’ll be always grateful for everything I’ve learned all these years with my life partner, Alessandra Horn. Having somebody to lift you up in the challenging times is priceless.

The lifestyle in LA is way funnier with Brazilians around. ha-ha.

Website: www.davidismo.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidismo/

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