Since the age of 12 I’ve had a passion for making films. My first film was what can be considered a Star Wars Fan Film today. Using a 8mm Video Camera that my parents owned, I rounded up a few of my friends, my toy lightsabers (with lights and sound), and I shot what was an epic three minute film. However it wasn’t until High School that I realized that filmmaking was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to use a camera to tell a story, and show the world from different perspectives.

My biggest influence early on was the work of some of the greatest Directors in the history of film. Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, George Romero, Lucio Fulci, Federico Fellini, and Quentin Tarantino. My biggest influence as a Director has come from Robert Rodriguez. His early maverick filmmaking style, and do it yourself attitude really lent to my own gung-ho approach to filmmaking.

After High School I settled in the Film Department of Columbia College Chicago. However before Columbia I had already been working freelance on numerous commercials, and paid gigs. Most notable was a commercial for the City of Berwyn were I resided for 17 years before moving back to Chicago.

By the end of my tour of Columbia College, I ended up in the Television Department where I made some great contacts, and ventured into the world of Sports Broadcasting and TV Magazine Shows. It also lead me to create my own Music Television concept called the Chicago Music Project. For three years, we covered the up and coming artists coming out of Chicago, and had the opportunity to meet some of the most talented people I’ve ever encountered.

In my career as a freelance Videographer/Filmmaker, I’ve had the opportunity to film the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, speeches of President Bill Clinton and Chicago Mayoral Candidate Rahm Emmanuel, and spend days with Mexican Soccer Legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco. I have also been recognized for my work with several awards including Audience Awards for Best Picture in the Chicago 48 Hour Film Festival 2 years in a row (2009 and 2010), and a Student Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for my work at Columbia College.

Today I continue to pursue my career as a Videographer/Filmmaker to explore new ways of expression, education, and entertainment.

All the best,

Leo Flores

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