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JOSE FIGUEROA-BAEZ, Camera Operator, IATSE Local 600



Where did you grow up?

Puerto Rico


What are your responsibilities or roles in your department? Camera Operator. I compose and maintain the frame. I work closely with Art dept, props, and of course the director and DP to make pleasing composition that help tell the story.

Are there any films that inspired you to start working in television and film?

A seminal film that really made me think of films differently was Amores Perros. Not to sound cliche, but also The Godfather really became the pinnacle of film for me and has been a great influence in my career.


What has been your favorite project to work on?

Dallas Buyers Club has to be one of the most

amazing experiences of watching award winning

performances in front of you and to be part of the

creative force that was the late Jean-Marc Vallee.


How did you begin working in the industry? After falling in love with film-making, but not finding much practical knowledge where I was, I went to film school in Florida. After graduation I managed to intern on a feature film that brought me to Louisiana where I parlayed that job into more work. It took me about 2 years of moonlighting on what I could while getting film jobs in between until I finally had enough film work to do it exclusively.


What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry? Work hard, be patient, but most of all be pleasant. The knowledge will come with experience but being trustworthy and having a good attitude will take you far.


What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry? Work hard, be patient, but most of all be pleasant. The knowledge will come with experience but being trustworthy and having a good attitude will take you far.










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