We had the good fortune of connecting with Jorge Moratal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jorge, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
If you had asked me this question about ten years ago, I would’ve probably answered success means making tons of money, being incredibly famous, and having a mom that lets you watch The Simpsons all day long (Don’t judge me too hard, please – I was 16.) Nowadays, I think my definition of success has become way simpler – someone successful is someone who makes a living doing what they love. In my case, that’s writing. Anything else is a bonus. (Although being able to just sit on the couch all day watching The Simpsons is still a life goal.)
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.
Being a writer-director is easy. Unless you want to be a successful writer-director. That’s where it gets tricky. So far, in my very short career, the biggest challenge has always been to find a tiny crack in the industry to break in. That’s why I tend to focus on working on my own stuff. I usually work with a close group of friends and we make things we care deeply about on a very low-budget. Most of my short films –if not all– have been produced this way, and, even if they haven’t brought me fame and money, they all have been really rewarding experiences. The film industry is a tough business, it can be discouraging to try to break in over and over again only to keep hitting the same roadblock; that’s why if I could give one piece of advice it would be something like this: make sure you’re working on something you love. Or be incredibly wealthy. I’ve heard that also helps.
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?
Being the unashamed film geek that I am, film locations are always my go-to when it comes to showing people around LA. Los Feliz has some great ones; from the Blade Runner house to the iconic Griffith Observatory (which, I’m sad to report, my generation associates more with La La Land than with Rebel Without a Cause. Who knows, maybe one day there will be a Ryan Gosling bust next to James Dean’s.) Another must for anyone visiting is Will Rogers State Historic Park. The view from the top of the hike might be the best in the county. Also, one can spot all the Pacific Palisades celebrity houses from up there. (I always wonder just how much time Tom Hanks spends every month cleaning all those windows.) And when the sun sets, it’s time for a movie at the New Beverly. Get ready for some of the greatest and most obscure movies you’ll ever see on the big screen!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to say that any kind of success that I might have achieved in life is thanks to me and myself only; that every other person that has crossed my path was an obstacle that I managed to overcome. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be true. I owe a lot to a lot of people, especially to my parents, Suni and Leo. They were the ones who introduced me to books and movies since a very early age. Sometimes, perhaps too early. (Watching The Ring when I was like 9 years old was a highlight.) They let me shoot my crazy short films in the garage and supported me in my decision to go to film school. They’ve sat through every film, TV show or music video I’ve worked on. They do a great job pretending they’re equally proud of me and my PhD brother. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But this shouldn’t be only about them – my amazing girlfriend Anna deserves a shoutout as well. She’s an incredibly talented writer and I wouldn’t survive a day in the crazy Hollywood industry if it wasn’t for her.
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“One Small Step” Short Film Stills. Cinematographer: Alex Arteaga. “Omnisciente” Short Film Stills. Cinematographer: Alex Arteaga.