We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacobo Fe Gismera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacobo, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
After the invention of the television, the audiovisual media has assumed a fundamental role as a cultural diffuser and issuer of information. The screen, together with social media, has become the main medium of expression in the XXI century. Nowadays, people are constantly consuming audiovisual content through different kinds of devices. This means that the entertainment industry plays a key role in the formation of every human being throughout their life, influencing their behavior and development whether they are aware of it or not. In that sense, the industry cannot be a mere business, but a loud voice for the culture. And morality is a fundamental part of any culture, part of our everyday life. It is true that the diverse societies that make up the world practice different solutions to solve the same situations. This makes it harder, if not impossible, to find out what is right or wrong. However, if we analyze human society as a whole, we discover that one of the main reasons human beings are evolving is because we are prosocial beings whose intellect has allowed us to draw a mutual inference: increase tolerance and reduce violence in terms of encouraging a pacific convivence between humans. By taking all this into consideration, an interesting point arises: what if the channels of entertainment are used to provide education and knowledge, to stimulate the understanding of how relevant living in harmony with others is; all that while people spend their free time in front of a screen avid for a distraction? Could movies and TV be an effective instrument in continuing the expansion of the human moral circles and create an interiorized social awareness? I have been my whole life a very creative person, writing comics, books, scripts since my early childhood… Nevertheless, it was only when I grew up and matured, that I deeply thought about those aforementioned questions. It’s by then when I realized I had found out my purpose in life. I truly wanted to be a storyteller, a screenwriter. And I can proudly say nowadays I chose the right path and will do my best to engage and nurture the audience’s minds with my stories until the very end of my days.
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.
My art consists in screenwriting with a conscience. Writing a script aimed to be visual while collecting ethics. I attach special relevance to the framework that sustains the cinematic work, the soul that brings life to the production before it is born: the plot. To make it possible, the scriptwriter must use words that will become images afterwards. Words retain the value of things that are ephemeral, unperturbedly preserving what a limited memory is incapable of retaining and a world in constant advancement keeps mutating. Images, on the contrary, move on quickly one after another and are especially brief, but if they produce a memorable impact, they are kept in the brain of the living better than any immortal word. With that power in his hands, the screenwriter must assume the tacit responsibility of creating a skeleton of words solid enough to be shaped as a film or series thanks to teamwork. A spectacle that provides a profound social message to the audience, able to inspire, thrill, to make the audience think and feel… Having that idea clear in my mind since an early age, I ventured to study Law, Business Administration and Filmmaking. Taking all of these studies at the same time was truly tough, but I successfully completed them before standard dates. It was even harder dealing with the intrinsic devotion that encouraged me to write incessantly, as proven by the fact that, at the age of 19, I published a historical novel about the Roman Empire, “Perfectus imperator”, the result of four years of research and writing. In my last academic years, with the desire to discover those moral foundations that intrigue my thinking and the desire to find inspiration, I moved to different parts of the planet to live in different environments, societies and ways of perceiving life. My international experience, conserved in hundreds of stories and drawings, has been notorious, when living in diverse countries such as Spain, Italy, India or Thailand. All that was the result of scholarships, prizes and, above all, the effort to enhance my intellectual, creative, and physical abilities, developing varied professions: legal intern, business trainee, content writer, illustrator, and, overall, fashion model… I study, write, and work out practically every day of my life, and I have worked in every country I have lived in, many times as a multi-employee. Finally, I reached Los Angeles as a graduate and granted student in screenwriting at UCLA in California, one of the most prestigious institutions for film studies, and a found a home and community at UCHA, a university cooperative housing where any foreign student can feel like home. Established here, in LA, I’m striving to reach my boyhood dream: obtaining an Oscar as a screenwriter.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Alright. Let’s forget for a second there’s a pandemic around… Despite the classic tourist visits to Venice beach and Santa Monica, Downtown LA is a nice place to visit if you are coming for a brief stay. If someone comes to visit, I will probably show them the same places my girlfriend showed me once. We could go to the Last Bookstore, where you can find any kind of books, new and old. Walking distance, there is the Wilshire Grand Center, the tallest building in the West Coast from where you can see this emblematic city from above (and there’s a way to do it for free!). A nice spot to stop to eat is the Grand Central Market, where many kinds of food are prepared in little Mexican food stands. The Grammy Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, or even Little Tokyo are worthwhile places to visit and spend some time around too. I would culminate our days by coming to UCHA, so my visitor could feel the friendship that wraps up this lovely place in Westwood. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been extremely lucky to be born into a close-knit family. During my childhood, I always received support from my parents. They are an example of how a family should operate since they have done great sacrifices for me and my dear sister’s education. At home, they always treated us both with care and love, teaching us while allowing us to develop our creativity and capacities. The many friends, peers, teachers and professors I met around the globe have also played a substantial role during my whole life. They shaped my personality and encouraged me to pursue my goals when going through difficult times. The backing of the institutions that helped me to reach Los Angeles and complete my studies have played a significative role to become the man I’m nowadays. Finally, I would especially like to mention my girlfriend, whose resilience and heart have had a great impact in the couple of years we’ve been together. She’s an exceptional human being in the whole sense of the term.
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