Ruben Garcia’s first approach with Talenthouse was through our Creative Invite with Sigur Rós . We invited filmmakers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from their album, Valtari, to be part of Mystery Film Experiment. Ruben’s video won acceptance and quickly spread throughout the web. When the winner was finally announced for this submission, we were more than delighted to give him recognition for his talent. Ruben has decided to share his experience with us, which we now would like to share with you.
TH: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Ruben: After watching Northern Exposure, Joel Fleischman’s character gave me a reflection. Every person has three possibilities: go with the flow (with the risk of arriving to a place that you don’t want to), swim downstream (with the risk of giving up and sinking), and swimming in favor of the current. I understood that everybody went through their options throughout their life, but only with the last one we project all our energy toward the same point that brings us to life. Up to this point it is important what we call it “fiction”.
TH: Have you had any mentors who have helped further your career?
Ruben: Before my first shot, I doubted myself for a moment. I was not sure if I could handle all the projects I had, then I went to a screenplay course with Michel Gaztambide (Goya Awards to the best script for “No habrá paz para los malvados“ Spain 2011). From this experience emerged my first script, and the reaffirmation of my need to do movies. I’ll always be grateful to him for the knowledge and confidence he transmitted me.
TH: Describe your path to becoming filmmaker.
Ruben: Metaphorically speaking, I could say that it is a journey that has always allowed me to see the horizon. The objectives have always been there, and I have devoted myself to reach them–knowing that the horizon is never reached. You’re passing points that have been the horizon. When you reach them, you recognize and see the details. The good thing is that the road doesn’t end, and for me; my road is starting now.
Ruben has always tried to complement his career. Since he was a child, he has written histories and poetries. Once in a while, he composes music. Although music may not be his profession, they are more like an intimate process that relaxes him. He is also into photography. He thinks that the director must study the depth of the image, and know from the pal of its hand how to transmit precisely to the team what he wants.
As any artist that has had many supporters, one has had a major presence. In the personal and the professional is es Sara Polo, Photography Director of ¨Varðeldur”.
TH: How would you describe your filmmaking process?
Ruben: I feel that there is an energy that is born inside me. With a lot of care I’m extracting out something that is like an archaeologist when it finds an object—they know it by intuition. They prepare the field trying not to alter anything, and finally they are digging it up with many delicacies.
TH: What do you consider the elements of a great film?
Ruben: There is an element I believe is essential; that is THE TRUTH. It is obvious that what happens in fiction movies is the opposite of reality, and the challenge for me consists of turning this into reality that the spectator receives. I always try; that is the starting point of what I do.
TH: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about your career?
Ruben: The ability of empathy. I try to have a deep idea of the people I collaborate with: to know them by intuition, how they like to work, and what the aspects are of the character they’ll take part in. Then from my position, I make a connection.
TH: What is the best compliment you have ever received about your work?
Ruben: A few days ago, a person told me my shorts do not seem short; they are more like compressed full-length films. I find that to be enormously flattering.
TH: Which film do you believe to be the one every filmmaker must see?
Ruben: That is a tough question, but I must say Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles.
TH: Do you have a book that you read over and over again?
Ruben: There are several works that I have read more than once, but I love Rayuela by Julio Cortázar. It’s a book that is frequently lying on my table next to me. I often flip through the pages and find myself re-reading the first paragraph over and over again because it always gives me new secrets. It is undoubtedly one of the deepest works of the universal literature, and fiction in general.
TH: Have you ever participated in a film festival?
Ruben: Yes, my first short-film (“La punta del iceberg” 2009) took part in many international festivals, and the distribution just began for my second film (“Laboral” 2012).
TH: Do you have a dream project in mind? If so, have you stared it?
Ruben: Yes, it is a short project called, Minotauro. This year I would like to obtain the idea of production that the history needs, and I am beginning to look for possibilities. Also, I have an idea of a featured film for which I have already begun the documentation phase. I also plan to start writing the scripts sometime soon.
Here is Ruben’s excellent video :