Introducing Filmmaker Diana Cabuto, competing in NFMLA On Location

October 28, 2015

How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker?

I got inspired to be a filmmaker when I realized the power that film has to tell a story, to give a message, to express an opinion and to inspire others. Also I found filming a way to release my inner child and let my imagination run wild, and share a part of me to the world.

What is your favorite part about the short film form?

Short films have the power to leave the audience wanting more.

What's Your L.A. Diana Cabuto

Still from “What’s Your L.A.” Diana Cabuto

Who were the people that supported the making of this film?

I had no budget at all. No crew, no editor, just me. It was a challenge, and I am just proud I was able to have a product. My friends helped me by being part of it, and my family help me with food and gas. When you have no resources your imagination and creativity is at its highest. you have to work with what you have, and you can create magic that way.

What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.

Music is very powerful. Editing is very important as well. Filmaking is like cooking. You create a recipe, you get all the ingredients and you bake your cake. If you add love and put the ingredients in the right order (editing) and then add your special touch (music, etc) you will have a delicious original cake.

What is your next project?

I want to continue making shorts to gain more experience as a filmmaker and find my strengths. I have written many stories, different genres. My next project is a suspense short film.

Still from "What's Your L.A."

Still from “What’s Your L.A.”

The independent film business is a difficult one. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?

This is a very difficult business. You have to love what you do, be passionate, and trust your instincts. I love creating. You have to work hard, you have to be bad to be good, learn to fail. Once you see the finish product, it makes it all worth it.

Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?

Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Pedro Almodovar, Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep. These Artists inspire me because they let their imagination run wild and their creativity is beyond the norm.

What advice would you give new filmmakers?

Find your team. Create everyday. Don’t play safe. Travel as much as you can because that opens up your imagination and your perspective of the world. The message in your film is very important. The love that you put into your projects is essential, not the award that it may win, the price or the money. If you do it for the money then this may not be for you. That’s my opinion

“The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…” “You have not failed until you quit trying.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

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