We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandro Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alejandro, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
With everything going on in the world right now, my life work balance has changed drastically, both physically and mentally. With the type of work I do in my 9-5 juxtaposed with the work I do creatively outside of that, equals a lot of time sitting at a computer so I have been really trying to make sure I get up and get outside. Wether it be to walk the dog or just making some time to head out to the coast and breath-in a different environment and surrounding, it’s all very important to try and get some diversity to your surroundings. The irony of it all is. that I tend to be a bit of a home body, where as my girlfriend is very much into traveling and getting out and being social. I have found that, while I think I have been able to maintain throughout all this confinement relatively unscathed, I’m beginning to think back on all those times I opted to just stay at home instead of going out or visiting family and friends. I hate to fly, but I can’t wait to travel now, which my girlfriend is excited about.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself an editor, first and foremost but in this day and age, with all filmmakers out there, it’s a challenge to get someone to want you to edit their work for them. Nowadays lots of filmmakers edit their own stuff, and I can appreciate that. The thing about editing is, it’s not just a matter of knowing how to push buttons. It really is a craft and takes an inherent knowledge and understanding of story telling and pacing. I think that’s where collaboration is essential. As a director, I think it’s healthy and valuable to have someone who is equally vested in your project, but perhaps a bit more unbiased to your vision. Its good to have someone offer their input and challenge the director on how to communicate things in the edit. “Challenge” might be a harsh word, but there needs to be that exchange of ideas and exploration of possibilities that just doesn’t happen when you are editing your own stuff. As an editor, I know that at the end of the day it’s their choice on what they want, but it’s my job to provide options and reasoning that I feel may better articulate a moment or emotion. On the last film I edited (Simple Twist, Dir: Shane P. Allen) I also had the luxury of doing the music. I was fortunate to work with a director who put a lot of faith in me to do both of these things concurrently. It actually ended up working out because I didn’t have to use any spec music and it also allowed me to know exactly what music I was using in the edit. Sometimes I edited the scene around the music and other times the music worked around it. I think that’s definitely something unique I bring to the table, but I understand that many directors may not be comfortable with that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has countless spots to go and just hang. I love most places by the water. Torrey Pines state beach, and the hiking trails above it. The Glider Port, over by the Salk institute is another great spot. I recently tried out Kayaking over in Mission Bay and loved that. I definitely love being by the water and walking in the sand. It helps to be grounded and it’s just a complete sensory experience of smell, sight, touch and sound.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I can’t say enough about my life-partner. She has had to sacrifice my presence on many occasions as I work on projects , which can often be very time-consuming. Sometimes that involves having creative peers coming into our house to go over edits or just long hours of me being disconnected from what’s going on so I can get something completed. She’s always allowed me that time to finish what needs to be done. I do my best to try and make it up to her with a date night or something, but I value the support she gives me to allow me the opportunity to maintain these creative endeavors.