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Meet Matt Bastos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Bastos.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Ever since I was a young child, I wanted to be a filmmaker. I saw Star Wars at a young age and became infatuated with storytelling. I used to “direct” my friends during recess, acting out stories that I would write up in class, then assigned roles to my classmates. I didn’t quite know what it was, but I knew that I loved it. Growing up as a first generation American, my parents worked very hard to give me everything that they did. They paved a way for me to be artistic and creative, and always supported it. I’ve been a musician for most of my life, and growing up, my passion and admiration for film started to go away. It wasn’t until I made a music video for my own band, that I realized my childhood dream again.

Now, 12 years later, I’m so blessed to be able to say that I am a professional cinematographer, shooting films and telling stories that I am deeply passionate about. Cinema was there for me during all the dark parts of my life where I felt very isolated, and I can only hope that I can play a small part, giving someone else an escape for a little bit, a hideaway to retreat to.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a filmmaker, more specifically a cinematographer. My job is to translate, develop, and execute the visual language of a film. I work closely with the director to come up with the look of the film, then I translate that to my Camera, Grip, and Electric team to execute the vision. I’m a firm believer that behind a great filmmaker, is an even greater team. I’m only as good as my gaffers, key grips, and assistant camera who work tirelessly and effortlessly to help the project shine.

I work a long on personal type storytelling. I sometimes call myself a “portrait cinematographer.” I shoot a lot of people, but I think that comes from my fascination with the human condition and people in general. I’m a humanist at heart. My goal at the end of the day is to chase empathy, find something to connect with, so hopefully others will connect as well.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
There is no shame in doing whatever work you have to in order to pay the bills and make ends meet. Everyone does work they’re not excited about. As they say, “One for the reel, one for the meal.” Try to keep your overhead decently low, so you can keep some of your artistic freedom, and make movies on the weekends!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my selected works on my website, or keep up with me on Instagram: @matt_bastos.

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Image Credit:
Kelsey Ayres
Jordan Alazruei

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