Hello my name is Harold Escotet, I am a Cinematographer by heart but a filmmaker and Producer by the journey. I consider myself as a young entrepreneur inside this Creative Visual era we are in. Since 1998, I have been working in the field of visual arts supporting and collaborating in a variety of ways. Through time, I learned that it's all about teamwork. My background on Computer Sciences as a System Engineer helped me understand computers and algorithms from the inside out. Nowadays, cameras have evolved into computers and with more capabilities than we can expect. Cameras can see better than ever (and than us!) through the darkness and the highlights, and even more so with the help of drones and rudge gear, expanding the limits of my filmmaking from the sky to the depths of the underwaters. My journey in the visual media has gone from Graphic Designs, Animations, Editing, VFX, all the way to Rendering & Processing, which has also offered me a wider scope of tools and experience in this visual and so demanding Craft.
So far I've worked independently for many Production Companies, Advertising Agencies and some boutique/personal clients. As a visual person and Engineer my love for Digital Arts has grown over the years. I am eager to learn, every day, more and more, about pushing film productions to the next level.
At the moment, I am participating and representing the new era of how we digitalize our photographic moments through our phones, via a new social media applications, like FYUSE. I am also collaborating on the Youtube channel by VODAFONE “El futuro es ONE”, which offered me the chance to travel all over the USA, meeting high level Scientists that have change the world in a big and positive way through Science and Technology.
I also worked for a Netflix show by a production house name BANGER FILM, in a documentary called "The HIP HOP Evolution" for which we recently received a 2017 Emmy award. Another two major productions that I am involve with are "Atlas of the Future", which is a similar campaign as the one by Vodafone, but is more environmentalist oriented. This project gave me the opportunity of meeting very important people working toward climate change and dealing with the effects of global warming. And last but not least is the company TECHNICOLOR, which I have been working closely since I arrived to Los Angeles, California in 2014. With this client specifically I have been collaborating and learning a lot about the ideas and tendencies of great filmmakers inside the film industry directly from strong vision filmmakers and we all can be seen on the Youtube channel “storytellers" from the Technicolor youtube Channel.
MFA Cinematography | B.S in Systems Engineering
After completing my basic education and obtaining my high school diploma, I was admitted for an undergraduate program in Systems Engineering, where I received my BS degree July 2007. This stage in my life was very important to me: I had been able to complete my academic plans and could set out to find my place in the world with an open mind. However, being an engineer did not mark the full achievement of my goals. While pursuing my engineering degree, I became involved in what was to become my true passion: filmmaking.
The attraction I feel for this expression of art drives me to further my training and skills to be able to take the lead and become a director, a cinematographer and a producer. I want to be able to deliver a message that extends beyond time and cultures, where my ideas can be examined through generations to come, and elicit all kinds of responses from those who see my films. I have learned that the audience’s review can be bitter or pleasant, another lesson in human diversity.
I want to listen to all kinds of people and be able to understand them; all those who have performed in the film of my life have a place on my mind. Certainly, I want people to listen to me as well: I do my own thinking and exert my free will.
There are so many untold stories, and we don’t have enough time to put them on film. Perhaps a start is telling others from my own experience, messages that deserve to be shared with people, taking advantage of film. As filmmaking evolves, I want to be in a position where I can be a catalyst for thought and action, helping society by showing it the wisdom every little human being can teach us in all walks of life. I feel an interior satisfaction when I am able to help others give their best, especially when they don’t think they have that other “best”. I would say doing this is one of the good things about being a director/cinematographer.
This background lets me state decisively that I have embarked in an indisputable course of action that leads me to a directing position. I have taken advantage of any opportunity, be it a narrative, commercial or documentary, or whatever helps me grow as a storyteller and filmmaker. Everything in the film process is captivating: being close to the cameras, listening to the words of the director for guidance, studying the levels of light, coordinating talent, exchanging impressions with a storyboard artist, working with the lights for the perfect, meaningful angle, all to communicate ideas in a visual sequence. These are all steps toward discovery, a process filled with energy, and have been fruitful points in my life that nurture the love and passion I feel for filmmaking.
Additional Honors & Awards
2008 - Epidemic Film Festival
Award - Best Short Film Super 8 "Zeppeling" - Audience choice
Award - Best TV Commercial "Taste Everywhere" - Audience choice
2009 - Epidemic Film Festival
Award - Best Music Video Clip " System Crew " - Judges Choice
2010 - Epidemic Film Fest Festival
Award - Best Cinematography "Marvin the Clown" - Judges Choice
Nominattion - Best Narrative "SARAH" - Judges Choice
2012 - Fresno Film Festival
Award - Best short Documentary "KENYA BOYS" - Judges Choice
2013 - Documentary Feature "AMERICAN COURTESANS