Juan Fernando Pinzon Moreno – Self-Shooter / Director / Editor
As a self-shooter, director and editor with over a decade of experience, Juan has being recognised at an international level. More recently he has focused on working in corporate and documentaries alongside blue chip companies such as Diaego, Philips, The Sun, London Stansted, among others.
Road to Success – Ups and Downs
With a degree in Film and Television I was open to directing anything – short films, documentaries or commercials. Everything started with the dream of being a director. As a Colombian it is very difficult to make a living from this profession because of the lack of opportunity in my country, so I started taking work in news, radio and corporate in order to pay the bills. I’ve had many ups and downs through my career – after finishing university I started a company with a friend which was pretty successful until a client took advantage of us and we were left with a huge debt.
Projects you are most proud of and why
I had an amazing opportunity to produce and direct a documentary about the indigenous Tikuna people in the Amazon. I also was Assistant Director on ‘The Origin of the Tikuna People’ which was recognised at an international level, winning acclaim for Best First Feature at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City and was in the Official Selection at the Native Spirit Festival among others. I have also directed a campaign for the rights of children in Colombia with social awareness commercials broadcasted on national television and nominated for national awards.
Greatest Achievements so far
With the freedom of shooting and editing my own content I feel I can offer a unique perspective that stands out and captures the attention of viewers. The experiences I’ve had in my work life have boosted my creativity, which I have maximised in my work. I am lucky to have been able to shoot in a huge variety of locations, from the Amazon Rain Forest in Latin America to an air-traffic control tower at a London airport!
Biggest Lessons in life and work
I think my biggest life lesson was something I learnt from my mother: “we need to enjoy life now, tomorrow might be too late”.