Film Courage: What’s the difference between having a big ego and a strong ego as a film director?
Kenneth Castillo, Filmmaker: That’s a great question. Well having a big ego comes from insecurity right? Having a strong ego is being confident in what you are doing. You don’t have to beat people over the head with it.
One thing I said with my latest film is I’m not trying to beat people over the head with my film. I’m trying to break their heart with it. And it really comes down to approach. It really is essentially the fine line between arrogance and confidence right? And people know the difference. But the problem is directors are fed that ego on set whether they know what they are doing or they don’t, they are fed that. Because people just assume that they know what they’re doing.
For me I don’t like to manipulate actors. I don’t feel I need to manipulate actors. I don’t need to cause havoc between two people to get a performance because the audience knows only what I show them right here [motioning to the image in the screen]. They don’t know all of this, they don’t need to know all of that.
To me confidence is not even the right word. If there is a better word for confidence I would just say being able to communicate your vision in a very clear and concise way. If you know how to do that you don’t need to be that flamboyant…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
BIO: Kenneth Castillo began his writing/directing career in 1996 producing theatrical productions at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. After producing, writing, and directing several full and one act plays, he turned his full attention to film. In 2000, along with his producing partner (and now wife) Karla Ojeda, formed a film production company called Valor Productions. Their first venture out was a series of short films entitled The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin. A series of silent short films shot in the style of the serial shorts of the 20’s and 30’s and set in the world of The Day of the Dead. Several different episodes went on to screen at film festivals across the country including HBO’s New York International Latino FF and the Los Angeles International Short FF. In 2007, Episode V-A Day at the Theatre was accepted and screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France and the following year won the Imagen Award for BEST THEATRICAL SHORT FILM.
That same year Kenneth was featured on American Latino T.V. as an up and coming Latino filmmaker and caught the attention of Plus Entertainment. Since July of 2008, Kenneth has written and directed six feature films, all of which have been distributed on multiple platforms such as Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster and in retail stores such as Walmart and Target.
In 2011 he directed the boxing drama Counterpunch about a Cuban, Bi-Polar, boxer out of Miami who gets help from his family as well as his crisis counselor that featured Danny (Machete) Trejo in a good guy role. Counterpunch caught the attention of Lionsgate and was distributed across the country and in Canada.
Kenneth is currently in post-production on his 7th feature film entitled Marigold the Matador and is the first feature from his new production company Cienfuegos Productions.
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