Interview with

Jesse Fraire

Director of

Jesse Fraire

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

While you can get inspiration from almost anything, I could not take the credit in creating this great short film. I think it is one of those situations that opportunities knock on your door and you feel ready and you go for it. As a director I wanted to explore themes that deal with the supernatural in a realistic way. I am a person who is very inclined towards the spiritual world and this film hit right in my alley. The writer Jonathan Gonzales had this fascinating story among others, One night he showed it to me, we talked about it and the more i would immerse myself in it the more i wanted to visually do something with it. The script of ‘Precognition’ caught my mind right away and he was happy to let me direct it and bring it to life.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

More than a challenge, we had the blessing to find one of the most dedicated film groups in our area, El Paso, Texas. The guys from Tower Productions showed a lot of interest in getting our hands dirty and get the film rolling. These people made it possible to create 20 short film in a year!!! I worked with them previously on another short as an actor and their passion and dedication was what stood out. by the time i was searching for crew, the more tower productions came to my mind. During filming the hardest challenge was scheduling, we didn’t have many actors but i picked the best ones and oh boy, they were super busy. Tessa Mauer, Sherrie Prose, Brad Thomason and Greg Thompson were great on it. I had worked with kids before in theatre but i was part of the cast, never directing or producing, so this was my first time working with a kid on camera, and you know, rules are different than to adults. Michael Portillo was amazing in it, so much than I’m considering him for other roles in future films. Overall, I’m glad everyone was super professional and made this film go so smooth.

How has the short film been received?

It has been received well and we are still going for more. Thanks to the gorgeous cinematography from Michael D. Head who made it look even better than I envisioned it. Precognition was selected for various festivals including The Plaza Classic Film Fest and we won best Indy Short Film at the Olympus Film Fest in L.A. Talking about the Plaza Classic Film Fest, unfortunately the day our film was going to be showcased was the same day that El Paso was hit by the shooter at Walmart, a tragic incident that left the community shaken for the time being. I didn’t even know if I, as the representative of the film, should go and pretend nothing happened. Our community is strong and while we got a small audience, we took this chance to talk a little bit about the issue and what we can do to keep the hope up. We also tried to relieve the stress showcasing the amazing talent, on and off camera from the films shown that day.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Yes! We never stop, and hopefully I will get my hands into another script from Jonathan Gonzalez – he is such a good writer/director. I’ve been learning a lot from him, I finally finished a script I’ve been working on for the last 10 years, which I hope it can see the light this year. I had submitted it to the guys at Tower Productions and I might be here next year talking about it. Also, with Tower Productions, we have several other other projects that I cannot talk about, some big stuff, that will keep us busy for the next year or so. That is if the zombies doesn’t conquer the earth next.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Making a film only requires the will and basic tools to do it. Now everyone has a phone that can capture images better than things we had 20 years ago. I remember I use to make short films, (not very good) using a VHS camera back in the day. To me it was the most wonderful thing to be able to tell a story, no matter the medium and the tools. Later, when I finally got my hands on an editing software, I learned that this industry is not made of one person. We need to collaborate. As much as we want to keep the creative control of the film, we need to trust people around us in specific roles. I love editing, directing, acting, writing, producing, even sound recording – but we cannot make all of those things at the same time, if we do, things may not be good or the time spent on it would be terrible. So, I advise that if you have the fire in you to tell stories, get together with people in the same mindset. Today we can find people interested in filmmaking almost by Googling them in our area. I bet there are others as interested in film as you do. Then, make a simple story that teaches you and the audience something, Learn from it so that the next film is better than the last, and so on. Talking about the guys at Tower Productions and their journey of making 20 short films in a year, This is a vivid example of someone who is full of passion and dedication, and how their films are better each time. It is a trap to think that we know it all, because we stop learning, and this my friends can bring you down. My mindset is to always get knowledge like a sponge from everything around, if there is something I don’t know, I research it, so that next time I can apply what I know to make anything better. Also challenge yourself. Get inspiration from your favourite filmmakers in the industry, nobody was born successful.

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Interview with

Jesse Fraire

Director of

Jesse Fraire

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

While you can get inspiration from almost anything, I could not take the credit in creating this great short film. I think it is one of those situations that opportunities knock on your door and you feel ready and you go for it. As a director I wanted to explore themes that deal with the supernatural in a realistic way. I am a person who is very inclined towards the spiritual world and this film hit right in my alley. The writer Jonathan Gonzales had this fascinating story among others, One night he showed it to me, we talked about it and the more i would immerse myself in it the more i wanted to visually do something with it. The script of ‘Precognition’ caught my mind right away and he was happy to let me direct it and bring it to life.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

More than a challenge, we had the blessing to find one of the most dedicated film groups in our area, El Paso, Texas. The guys from Tower Productions showed a lot of interest in getting our hands dirty and get the film rolling. These people made it possible to create 20 short film in a year!!! I worked with them previously on another short as an actor and their passion and dedication was what stood out. by the time i was searching for crew, the more tower productions came to my mind. During filming the hardest challenge was scheduling, we didn’t have many actors but i picked the best ones and oh boy, they were super busy. Tessa Mauer, Sherrie Prose, Brad Thomason and Greg Thompson were great on it. I had worked with kids before in theatre but i was part of the cast, never directing or producing, so this was my first time working with a kid on camera, and you know, rules are different than to adults. Michael Portillo was amazing in it, so much than I’m considering him for other roles in future films. Overall, I’m glad everyone was super professional and made this film go so smooth.

How has the short film been received?

It has been received well and we are still going for more. Thanks to the gorgeous cinematography from Michael D. Head who made it look even better than I envisioned it. Precognition was selected for various festivals including The Plaza Classic Film Fest and we won best Indy Short Film at the Olympus Film Fest in L.A. Talking about the Plaza Classic Film Fest, unfortunately the day our film was going to be showcased was the same day that El Paso was hit by the shooter at Walmart, a tragic incident that left the community shaken for the time being. I didn’t even know if I, as the representative of the film, should go and pretend nothing happened. Our community is strong and while we got a small audience, we took this chance to talk a little bit about the issue and what we can do to keep the hope up. We also tried to relieve the stress showcasing the amazing talent, on and off camera from the films shown that day.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Yes! We never stop, and hopefully I will get my hands into another script from Jonathan Gonzalez – he is such a good writer/director. I’ve been learning a lot from him, I finally finished a script I’ve been working on for the last 10 years, which I hope it can see the light this year. I had submitted it to the guys at Tower Productions and I might be here next year talking about it. Also, with Tower Productions, we have several other other projects that I cannot talk about, some big stuff, that will keep us busy for the next year or so. That is if the zombies doesn’t conquer the earth next.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Making a film only requires the will and basic tools to do it. Now everyone has a phone that can capture images better than things we had 20 years ago. I remember I use to make short films, (not very good) using a VHS camera back in the day. To me it was the most wonderful thing to be able to tell a story, no matter the medium and the tools. Later, when I finally got my hands on an editing software, I learned that this industry is not made of one person. We need to collaborate. As much as we want to keep the creative control of the film, we need to trust people around us in specific roles. I love editing, directing, acting, writing, producing, even sound recording – but we cannot make all of those things at the same time, if we do, things may not be good or the time spent on it would be terrible. So, I advise that if you have the fire in you to tell stories, get together with people in the same mindset. Today we can find people interested in filmmaking almost by Googling them in our area. I bet there are others as interested in film as you do. Then, make a simple story that teaches you and the audience something, Learn from it so that the next film is better than the last, and so on. Talking about the guys at Tower Productions and their journey of making 20 short films in a year, This is a vivid example of someone who is full of passion and dedication, and how their films are better each time. It is a trap to think that we know it all, because we stop learning, and this my friends can bring you down. My mindset is to always get knowledge like a sponge from everything around, if there is something I don’t know, I research it, so that next time I can apply what I know to make anything better. Also challenge yourself. Get inspiration from your favourite filmmakers in the industry, nobody was born successful.

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