We had the good fortune of connecting with David Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important thing is trust yourself. The you start anything, you are going to have 10 people who say go for it, and 20 others who think you’re crazy. At some point you have to block out the noise and believe in yourself, and your craft. As an independent filmmaker, I have to work 10x as hard to get my films off the ground. I use every asset I have at my disposal and have to trust my gut. These short films I make, have no budget really. I don’t let that discourage me and tell the story the best I can. At the end of the day, the story in film, is what matters most. There’s been great shorts that were shot on an iPhone. You don’t need a RED camera, just go out and film your story.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a filmmaker is not easy, being a faith-based filmmaker is even harder. I love telling stories that will point the audience to hope, faith, and love. I know that God is something a lot of people don’t want to talk about and in a subtle way, I want to remind them how good God is. At the same time, I’m tired of the same movies. I want to hit on real matters and issues we are facing today, but realize there is hope. I won’t only limit myself to faith-based films of course. I am working on a documentary film with a good friend, that sheds some light on Native American culture. I am taking on this on with no studio backing, and no distribution deals. Just working hard until one of them hits and that door opens up for bigger feature films.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, being born and raised in Miami, there are some staples you HAVE to hit. First you take them to Miami Beach and let them enjoy the weather and beaches. Some must have food spots (I love food) La Carreta in Hialeah, Joe’s for stone crabs, Big Pink for some breakfast, and I would have to hook them up with some of my guy Don Manuel’s Barria Tacos. Other than that, go out on a boat, maybe do some jet skiing. Check out a Heat or Dolphins game, cause I love sports. Take them to Wynwood, the wharf, play soccer under the bridge (if you know, you know.)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God first, then my parents honestly. I fell in love with making videos with my best friend Diego and they didn’t discourage me. I went to school for it and they backed me one hundred percent. When I got my first big opportunity to be a camera op on a music video, they bought me a plane ticket to LA. Now my wife if my biggest inspiration. She believes in me, more than I do at times. They all have supported me all the way.
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