POV: Director, Pedro Varela

Pedro Varela
Director Blanche Filmes

POV: Director

What is most challenging about what you do?
I try to keep myself original in relation to what I want to tell, and don't let myself be influenced or guided by easier paths. There is too much visual noise nowadays. I need silence and a white sheet to start. Then it's listening to everyone, I like to listen, although I know what I want and I am determined and obsessive I feed on everyone, my work is essentially a team work, I try not to forget it.
What is most rewarding?
Realize that the first part, which I just described in the previous answer, went well and we managed to move and have reached an audience without losing the ability to surprise myself or ourselfs. I love my work, I love to create, to invent and solve. Here's something I love, solving a "problem" or telling an impossible story.
What’s a typical work week like?
I would be lying if I said that I wake early on Monday to film and after two days between Europe and South America, I close myself in the editing room for another two days from where I leave with a spectacular first and final cut... then I'm ready for 48 hours of crazy post because after all the client wants to release the work this Sunday. So, now the reality... My week is to try to make this happen as often as possible.
What needs to happen the most in order for a shoot to run smoothly?
Prep very well, shoot with people you like and trust. Truly love what I film and respect my team, all without exception from the one who created and developed to the ones who drive or serve a coffee. To film is to love unconditionally. I also recommend a well-slept night on the eve and following the logic of the blank sheet do not pollute the mind with noise, maybe just read a book, highly recommend mind fulness.
Whats your best job/worst job?
I love everything I do, and every job has always something mine, something almost intimate, even those that were difficult and seemed impossible, even in the worst moments we have to leave our mark. After all, our work will haunt us till the end, both the good and the bad.
What advice would you offer someone considering a career as a Director?
Read books, watch movies, liesten to good and inspiring music ... grab the camera and film stories. Educate yourself in all aspects, learn a little of everything. Learn sound, editing, to write ... you have chosen a very demanding profession so now prepare yourself to be at the expected level.
If you had one project that you could post on AdForum to represent your work, what would it be?
I already did, its called "Cant skip Freedom", a very passionate film that introduces my country to the world. Besides Directing, had the pleasure of sharing the writing and creation with an incredible group of talented friends.
Finally tell us something that most people don’t know about being a Director?
We are insecure and we have many doubts. We know we do not have to prove everything to everyone all the time but we can not stop ;)
Pedro Varela
Director Blanche Filmes



TOPIC: Director