There is a filmmaker in Barcelona that has quite simply earned my admiration and respect. A self taught and driven creator versed on many, if not all, aspects of the movie making process.
His previous project MUSGO, a wicked thriller set in the isolated Pyrenees was filmed entirely in seven days, with post production completed himself in approximately two months. Orbegoso customized his Panasonic GH2, wowing audience members at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2013 with his ability to create tension and atmosphere while displaying his unique visual style on a serious budget ( about $4,000 U.S. / 3,500 Euros ).
Gami is confident and resourceful behind the camera, using everything in his advantage to get the shot needed or gain emotion from his actors. The passion he reserves for filmmaking is evident even through electronic communication, it's awesome.
Gami's visual style is what initially intrigued me. Obvious inspirations springing from the works of David Lynch, Gaspar Noe, and Nicolas Winding Refn ( who are favorites of mine as well ) to name only a few. His masterful knowledge of his cameras, crew, technique, and editing skills contribute to his seemingly massive innate ability to create quite beautiful images from the macabre.
I reached out to Gami recently, asking if he would be willing to answer a few questions I shot his way. I quickly received word back that he would, in fact be very pleased to do so. I thanked him repeatedly, greatly enjoying his responses and enthusiasm.
Gami Orbegoso deserves an audience and I'm on a mission to find him just that.
How long have you been making films? Did you start out as an editor or Production Assistant first?
GO - I started a few years ago between shorts and feature films, I am self taught and still learning the profession with passion.
You are obviously a true lover of film and it's creators. can you please name your inspirational directors and/or films? Was there a movie in your past, that once you saw it, you knew filmmaking was your destiny?
GO - That is a question that has many answers; the creative freedom of Federico Fellini "8 1/2" (1963), the nature of John Boorman "Deliverance" (1972) the poetry of Lars von Trier's "The Element of Crime" (1984) the symbiosis of Atom Egoyan "The Adjuster" (1991) the sheer genius of David Lynch "Lost Highway" (1997) the hardness of Michael Haneke "Funny Games" (1997) the sweat of Tran Anh Hung "Cyclo" (1995) the climax of Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" (2000) the violence of Park Chan Wook "Old Boy" (2003) the mind of Gaspar Noe "Enter the Void" (2009) the light of Nicolas Winding Refn "Only God Forgives" (2013) the audacity of Denis Villeneuve "Enemy" (2013) etc. etc.
If you could collaborate on a film with any director(s) living or deceased, who would it be and why?
GO - David Lynch, Michael Haneke, Gaspar Noe.......they are the Masters!
Your crew for MUSGO, your previous project was very small and tightknit. Was that the same for BROKENMAN, your current film?
GO - The crew was also small. In fact almost all the actors are the same from both productions.......the important thing is to tell a story.
Can you please give a description of the story pertaining to BROKENMAN? All the clips I've seen are visually stunning, but don't give much away regarding the story. Did you do that on purpose?
GO - Yes I do that on purpose but I'll tell you a brief synopsis ; "Roxy is a shy teenager obsessed with comics, she has a fanciful imagination, and she falls into a strange game because of a boy."
Looking at Instagram photos and such, I see you doing a lot of post production work. Do you edit all of your own footage?
GO - Yes, I do.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of independent filmmaking?
GO - When you are your own producer, editor, director, there is nothing difficult. You just try, and if it fails, only you lose.......Internet is a great tool for filmmakers. You can show your work, yet you are exposed, to good and bad people. So you have to be awake. If you love this profession never give up. Like the great Werner Herzog says in his 24 Life Lessons for Filmmakers
1. Always take the initiative
2. There is nothing wrong with spending the night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.
3. Send out all of your dogs, one might return with prey
4. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief
5. Learn to live with your mistakes
6. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern
7. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your right hand, might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it.
8. There is never an excuse to NOT finish a film
9. Carry bolt cutters everywhere
10. Thwart institutional cowardice
11. Ask for forgiveness, not permission
12. Take your fate into your own hands
13. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape
14. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory
15. Walk straight ahead, never detour
16. Manoeuvre and mislead, but always deliver
17. Don't be fearful of rejection
18. Develop your own voice
19. Day 1 is the point of no return
20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class
21. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema
22. Guerilla tactics are best
23. Take revenge if need be
24. Get used to the bear behind you
Release date as of now for BROKENMAN?
GO - Still finishing up my editing, plan on BROKENMAN traveling on the festival circuit
Gami closed with thanking me for my support and apologizing for his poor English ( which was not bad at all ). He is very engaging via social networks and thankful for all the support he receives daily. If your interest has been piqued by Gami and his work ethic, follow him on Instagram @gamiorbegoso and view various videos on YouTube and Vimeo.