Juanjo Gimenez brought his Oscar-nominated and Palm d’Or winning short “Timecode” to the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus. The writer and director stayed after the screening to discuss his short shoot schedule, the difference between features and shorts, and what he has planned for the future.
Gimenez has been working in the film industry for over twenty years. Highlights of his career include “Tilt,” “Maxima Pena,” and “Esquivar y Pegar.” His experience in film isn’t limited to writing and directing. Editor, Cinematographer, Actor, Producer and Sound are all titles Gimenez has held on various sets making him a true student of cinema.
NYFA students were thrilled to discuss the short turn around of “Timecode.” Gimenez informed the crowd that from concept to sale, to the final shoot day, was only fourteen days. Developed with a local university Gimenez instituted cost saving measures to bring the film in at cost.
Using students as part of the crew offered an educational experience. The garage in which the film was shot was offered to them for free. Gimenez didn’t go into detail about how, but he was able to get a RED Dragon for almost nothing. The monitors through which the security guards watch one another are the same monitors on which “Timecode” was edited.
The New York Film Academy would like to thank Mr. Gimenez for taking the time to speak with our students. You can learn more about Gimenez and follow his creative journey by clicking here.