We had the good fortune of connecting with Ernesto Pletsch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ernesto, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people. But not ordinary people. It’s mainly by those who are passionate. People who have that spark in their eyes; that vibrates when they speak, people that glow. It’s pretty clear when you meet them. The ones who truly believe that, regardless what they’re doing, they are creating a better world around them. It doesn’t really matter if they are right or wrong in their beliefs, but the energy that they put into life, work & the ones that surround them that truly matters to me. I’m really captivated by that and I try to stay close to them as much as possible. It sounds puristic, probably too romanticized, but that’s what inspires me. Maybe because I’m also one of them… But above it all, I’m inspired by the everyday life and its subtle nuances; the natural cycles and the constant energy movement. Anything that contrasts or have something to say.
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.
Taking the risk to move to Los Angeles and leaving all the people I ever knew in another country, it’s not an easy choice at all. But, like some people say, life happens out of our comfort zone, and I can say by my own experience that this is somehow true. The feeling of exploring new horizons, new languages and culture is reinvigorating and inspiring. After six years of living and working in LA, I can say for sure it is worth every moment – and penny – of the experience. In this cosmopolitan city I got to create relationships with people from all around the world – and for me this was my greatest treasure so far. I traveled America north and south, from west to east. I spent a month shooting a TV show in Colombia. Went to India to shoot a feature film for two months. Shot in Brazil, my home country, with an all-round international crew – and have many plans to keep shooting worldwide: Saudi Arabia, China, Costa Rica, Europe, you name it. All of that, thanks to the relationships I got to build in Los Angeles. The passionate people that changed my perspective of the world, and consequently, my art. I’m a very open person and I appreciate the differences between all of us. I have a stable positive mindset and I’m very passionate to the craft and poetry of cinema. I think that’s what sets me apart of the majority.
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.
Oh that’s exciting. I would pick them up at LAX and first stop: In&Out. To arrive and get the real californian taste. Can’t go wrong with that. Check the swells is important, we might plan a surf session at El Porto or Malibu early next morning. Check the movies that are showing. I’d love to take them to a dome session at ArcLight, Chinese Theater in Hollywood blvd., Egyptian theatre or the glorious Tarantino’s NewBevCinema. Check the current exhibits at LACMA, MoCA, Broad and Getty. Getty is always worth the visit for the tourists because the views are impeccable. Talking about views, I’d certainly take them to watch the sunset on at least one of my favorite hikes in LA: Wisdom Tree (for the amazing views of the Valley and Downtown LA. The best city view on my opinion), Los Liones (for the pacific views), Stough Canyon (for the solitude and far views of the San Fernando Valley), or perhaps just the classic Runyon Canyon (for the Hollywood lifestyle). For food, I highly recommend to try an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ in KTown, that’s a habit for me and my friends. ‘Marugame Monzo’, for the best udon in LA, in Little Tokyo. ‘Daikokuya’, also in Little Tokyo, for the Ramen and traditional japanese food. ‘SugarFish’, anywhere in town, for the best sushi rolls. Ok, enough of asian food. Now, for the best tacos, specifically ‘el pastor’, go to ‘Leo’s Tacos’. They have two taco trucks in LA and I assure it’s the best we have so far. For american bbq, I love going to Baby Blues in Venice Blvd. Traditional southern bbq, no frills. There are just so many good places, I could go on for days here. But you got a little bit of my taste. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes specifically to the ones I mentioned as my inspiration in life; the passionate people that crossed my path. The ones that really drove me into this journey of arts and cinematography. I couldn’t have gone this far without their energy and motivation, so I’m very grateful for that. This goes to all my passionate colleagues at work, my professors, mentors, lifetime friends and family.