Robert Dos Santos was once a lawyer, wearing full wigs and robes, and practicing commercial and corporate law. However, he was itchy. That itch was something he always had. Make films. One day he decided to put the courtroom in front of the camera and realize his dream of becoming a filmmaker. The best decision he ever made! We knew Robert had a great story to tell and we wanted to hear it. When we got the chance to sit down and chat with him, we couldn’t refuse. We had a great time talking to Robert about why he made this leap in faith, how his life has changed, and about his upcoming short film.
Hello Robert. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with us.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into filmmaking?
I studied and became a lawyer specializing in commercial and corporate law. After a while I realized that I was in the wrong place and I changed my life massively.
What made you change your career?
I’ve known since childhood that I was born to tell stories.
Did you have a moment when you thought, “I have to follow my dreams”?
I have this moment maybe once a day or at least once a week. It hits me and I stop what’s distracting me and then move on to the most important thing I could do to further my dreams. Or if I’m already doing it, I’ll smile and move on.
You definitely have the right attitude.
Do you feel you made the right decision?
I am the happiest and happiest person in the world. I definitely made the right decision.
How has your life changed since you became a filmmaker?
I have unstoppable energy. I’m always on the go, always trying to make things happen. I almost always have a smile and when things seem frustrating I still appreciate that this is part of the process. I went from unfulfilled to absolute fulfillment.
It must be a great feeling to wake up every day knowing that you are doing what you love.
How was the learning curve?
I love to learn and one of the things I learned early on is that you never stop learning. Storytelling is a given, it has always been like that, but for everything else, I can’t wait to learn something new. Most of the jobs I take are so that I can learn something new. The podcasts, movies, and YouTube content I consume are all about learning. It could be the funnest aspect of the job.
There is always something new to learn.
Do you enjoy the challenges of filmmaking?
Yes absolutely. There’s no such thing as a perfect day on set, so there are always problems to be solved, but that’s half the fun.
A short film will be released in two weeks – A Moment, which has just been selected for the Los Angeles Film Awards. Can you tell us a little about it?
I’ve been running commercials and music videos for a while, and I’d like to get into narration. Since I never went to film school, I wanted to practice something, so I faced some challenges. It would be a single shot and the movement of the camera would dissolve the story. The idea was to divulge information bit by bit until we understood what was happening. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to use incredible equipment and that made this challenge possible.
Well, we’ve seen the movie and we think it’s great! You have certainly done what you set out to do
Why did you keep the film so short?
I’ve seen many directors bite off more than they could chew for the first time. The race wins slowly and steadily.
Did you run into any problems shooting the film?
A million problems, but with time and patience, they were all overcome.
We saw the movie and loved it. Do you have any plans to continue this story?
No. This is only a moment in time and the teaser to a story that will never exist.
How did you find the shooting during the pandemic?
It’s never easy, but with enough logs we made it and we were lucky enough not to have any incidents that we’re grateful for.
That’s good to hear. The pandemic has created a lot of problems for filmmakers.
What are your goals as a filmmaker?
To tell stories that change the way we think.
What advice would you give to someone who is not sure what to do with their life or who wants to take the leap and change their career?
You know exactly what you want to do, so do it.
What does the future hold for Robert Dos Santos?
The next step is my feature film.
Good luck with your role.
Thanks for talking to us, Robert. We really appreciate it, it was a pleasure. Good luck with the start of your short film. We are sure that it will be very good.
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