Cinematographer and editor for the creative content department at Pixar Animation Studios, Gairo Cuevas, has released an online short film A Normal Conversation which was made with the studio’s Cooperative Film Program for your consideration.
The film was shot in the small town of Fairfax, California, located in Marin County near San Francisco. In it, two teenagers (Sofiarose Mineghino and Bella Cvengros) debate the issue of gun control on their walk home after leaving a memorial service honoring friends they lost during a school shooting. Watch below:
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I wanted to showcase the issue of gun violence through the perspective of two teenagers because school shootings are a massive problem in our society. Kids deserve a world free of gun violence. And in order to do that, we have to keep pushing for positive solutions to end the deadly gun culture plaguing America.”
The Gun Violence Archive recorded more gun deaths, excluding suicides, in 2021 than any year since its founding in 2014. And incidents have been on the rise since. This is the first short Cuevas has filmed as one continuous shot. That means if an actor flubbed a line, a passerby interrupted filming, or he and his team encountered a technical error, he had to cut and start again.
Cuevas is a cinematographer and editor for the creative content department at Pixar Animation Studios, where he helps his team put together many of the behind-the-scenes videos. He graduated from San Francisco State University, with a bachelor’s degree in cinema in 2007.
After graduation, he freelanced for The CW Network in San Francisco balancing multiple deadline intensive projects for broadcasting purposes using a variety of production and post-production tools. In 2011, he received an Emmy for his work as a director of photography on a promo campaign he shot throughout the Bay Area.
He added, “We filmed about thirteen takes in one day from 3 pm to 7 pm.” Pixar’s Cooperative Film Program gives employees the opportunity to produce personal film projects at Pixar. The basic premise: “if you have a film project you are passionate about and are prepared to work on the project during your unpaid, free time, then Pixar offers resources to help make it happen.”
Their goal is to give filmmakers at Pixar the opportunity to expand and grow their creative skills while experiencing what it takes to mount a production.