Jose Figueroa-Baez settled in New Orleans, Louisiana after graduating from our Film program in 2009 – a move that has seen him build a successful career in the area’s booming entertainment industry. Since then Jose has worked on well over a dozen feature film and television productions, including last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, a project that would go on to win three Oscar statues at this year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Following the film’s home video release Jose checked in to share photos of his work as as second assistant camera during its five-week shoot, which also included contributions from Full Sail alumni Shamsher Bains (Film, 2013; art department intern) and Justin Coulter (Film, 2010; extras casting).
“To me it’s been the best experience I’ve had on a film set so far,” Jose said. “The movie was completely shot handheld using only available locations, and no lighting because the director wanted it to look like you were a fly on the wall. It was challenging and very intense during the more emotional scenes, like when Jared Leto goes to his father for the first time in years. The make-up department had to hand out tissues to people. The whole thing was a very powerful experience for all of us.”