Alejandro Suarez Lozano
Born in Spain, Alejandro’s first film experience started when he was young, watching his father making Super-8 mm films. His passion in filmmaking led Alejandro to write, direct and produce several short films that received over 70 awards and more than 300 official selections in festivals around the world, including Screamfest LA, Bifan Korea, LA International Film Fest, Imagine Amsterdam and Seminci Spain. His films are a mix of genre with art-house elements, commercial vision with a fresh and indie style, universal stories in local contexts and always striving to move the audience. After living in Madrid, London and Hong Kong, Alejandro is currently based in New York City.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in?
There wouldn’t be much world left at all, so the answer is NO.
Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
Yes, a world that allows you to travel in time to the past. I am a sucker for nostalgia. Or maybe it’s more about the ability to give myself lots of second chances…
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level?
Deckard. Conflicted and sentimental.
Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
Alien. Smart, sleek and suave
What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?
I’d be more into their dramas or comedies. It’d be interesting to see what they have to say about humans.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
They all pretty much start as bad ideas. The ones that you can’t get out of your head are the ones that survive. That doesn’t mean they are not bad ideas anymore. I love bad ideas. For example, once I thought about making a movie about a fisherman that catches an alien in the bay of Hong Kong. Boats, night, CGI and low budget… not sure that was really bad, but crazy as hell for sure.
When your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?
It’s the best of both worlds. My hand can pay the bookie while my brain can tell me the winners.
Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person?
I grew up helping my father with his Super 8 mm films. I am a sucker for nostalgia. However, I love the flexibility pixels can give you.
What kind of balance do strike between the two?
It is a very psychological balance; it is the ritual that makes analog magical. I prefer to listen to a vinyl than an MP3, I like the magic of the development of a picture and I prefer the sound of the projector in the theater. However, I still prefer to work on digital because I like the control and I am a control freak.
When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Reality is always my inspiration, as they say – reality is stranger than fiction.
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars (Only the originals from the 70s and 80s)
Practical or CGI?
Dystopia or Utopia?
Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
I’m not picky.