We had the good fortune of connecting with Talo Silveyra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Talo, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Since I started working as a Film Director, I knew I needed my own space to create what I felt was compelling for me. I was doing great content at the time, working for big brands and companies, but I wasn’t feeling like I was in the right place for developing what I really loved: Story-telling. So without thinking too much, I started writing narrative short films and sharing them as a portfolio. That then became POCKET FILMS, and from something independent we ended up producing a TNT Original Mini-Series, among other amazing projects. With Pocket Films I was able to find my own voice as a writer-director, and also learn how to be a producer, editor, do color-grading, and work with amazing talent on camera and behind the camera. And this also gave me the opportunity to showcase my work and connect with the right people.
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.
I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an artist, this is one of the richest cities in the world when it comes to theater, art, music and film. And as a community it is also very hard sometimes to go through social and economic crisis, so there’s a huge sense of survival and solving problems as you move towards your goal. I have to say I learned to survive, studying, learning to be proactive in every field, solving problems as I go and this is what made me so strong in my craft. Not only I know how to direct a film, but I also had to manage to learn how to write it, produce it, edit it, sometimes do the music, color grading, everything I can to make that project really happen. I also grew up with a lot of social awareness about human rights, feminism, and that really makes the difference in the stories I chose to tell.
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?
One of my favorite aspects of Los Angeles is that you have a lot of nature all around. I would say Switzer Falls is a beautiful spot to connect with nature and be surrounded by mountains. I am also a Coffee lover (and I mean real coffee, Argentina style) and it is so hard to find a good spot to have that perfect “cortado” made with espresso coffee and a little bit of milk, on a small size mug (I know, I can be picky) but I did find a few great spots that are also open for “tea time” at 5-6pm. So definitely Aroma Coffee & Tea Co, Aeirloom Bakery are one of my top choices in the Burbank/North Hollywood area. Of course the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a very touristic spot full of history to go check out as well!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Of course there would be no way I’d be doing this if it wasn’t for my mom telling me I was going to be a film director, ever since I was 8 years old, playing with our mini-dv cam and the Playmobil toys as actors.
Other: Link to TUNNEL VISION, a TNT Original produced by Pocket Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC_EvFLPvwk