Filmmakers: Guillermo Barreira

Guillermo Barreira is originally from Spain.  Now in New York City, he is one of the principals at Codebreaker Productions, where he has been a full-time writer-producer-director since 2010.

“I went to college in Valencia (Spain), and did some extra semesters in Madrid and Sweden before going to NYFA. I loved New York, it had a better film industry than Spain and the same creative environment I found in Sweden.  There I met my best friends in filmmaking.”

He had traveled off and on to New York since 2006, working in Europe and the US on any production he could.  But it wasn’t until the 2009 holidays that he and his best friend Dominick Sivilli decided to do something bigger.  They decided to open their own production company with a slight twist — in addition to producing content, they also rent out equipment.

“It was a great opportunity.  My friend Dominick is a great DP, and he was friends with Jeremiah Kipp, who also became a partner.  These are two people I really trust working with, and I’m proud to say they think the same of me.  Business has gone very well, we have great budgets — we’re switching to the Epic Red soon.”  While the rental part of the business has also been successful, they are focusing a lot more on production now.

Guillermo is currently in sound post production for a short film they shot in June, working with a sound mixer and a composer.  He also spends time writing his next project.  “I’m a director and love writing.”  He’s working on his own feature film, including looking for investors.   “It’s a horror, inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and the video game ‘Silent Hill’.  It’s a psychological horror centered around the idea of being transformed, losing your identity, losing your humanity.”

“I’m very interested in what CrewTide is doing.  The truth is that it’s much easier to work with some limits, some inspiration.  Creating a story from nothing, that’s hard.  I also love the idea of creating web series.  Shorts are training, a great way to learn how to do longer forms.  Features are wonderful, but it’s often sad to leave the characters and move on after only 90 minutes.  With a web series, you have more time to spend with a story you love, and the series structure gives you more narrative options.”

He has an interesting recommendation for aspiring filmmakers.  “How you train depends on what you want to do.  Do you want to be an artist or a filmmaker?  If you want to be a writer or director, you should go out and live an interesting life — travel, have lots of experiences, learn about the human condition.  If you want to be a DP or gaffer, then just get involved in film production. Start as a PA, join in any capacity you can, and learn on the job. Either way, you have to really give your life to it.”

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