Juan Luis López Fons is a Mexican film editor, director, producer and camera operator currently residing in Albany, NY. He first developed an interest in the connection people can form through film as an early teen. One summer night when he was 11, his brother snuck him into the R-rated movie “Wolf”, starring Jack Nicholson. More than being attracted to the filmmaking, the performance or the special effects of said movie, Juan Luis was drawn to the bonding experience the movie theatre provided – between him and his brother and with himself.
He discovered that in movie theaters, he allowed himself to feel emotions he didn’t allow himself to feel on his day-to-day life. He could cheer, feel anger, experience fear, jump up in excitement and even tap into sadness or depression. Juan Luis decided then and there that he wanted to reproduce that experience for himself and aim to inspire it in others.
As Juan Luis grew older he also developed an appreciation for the art of filmmaking: an interest in how every element from the performances, to how a shot is framed, to how sound and music change a viewers experience of a film – how all those elements worked together to create something moving. Juan Luis decided to become a film director and, in 2004, moved from Mexico to New York City to study film directing at the New York Film Academy. He completed the program by producing and directing the horror short “Minos“.
At this time in his life, Juan Luis became involved with the personal and professional development company, Executive Success Programs (ESP), where he met and began working under the mentorship of director Mark Vicente. This proved to be a major milestone in his life as the external and internal shifts he accomplished through the use of this program completely redirected his focus, vision and directorial approach.
After the experience he garnered from working in more short films, industrials and music videos, and under the mentorship of director Mark Vicente, he worked as one of the editors of the Mexico non-violence documentary “Encender el Corazón”, scheduled for a 2016 release date. Most recently, he directed the introductory short film, “Conservatory Grounds” a film that introduces the characters, dynamics and emotions that will be present in his upcoming debut feature film, “Upstate Grounds”, currently in pre-production.
The idea for Emotivo Productions came after Juan Luis completed an anthology of six short films called “Albany My Albany,” which he directed, shot and edited. The “Albany my Albany” shorts showcase and promote established, and up-and-coming artists from New York’s Capital Region. Artists include a dancer, a singer, a jewelry maker, a comedian, a sculptor that works with wood and a performance artist.
The personal success of “Albany of My Albany” gave birth to what later became Emotivo Productions, a production company that creates promotional video vignettes for artists, entrepreneurs, athletes and business owners. Emotivo’s videos focus on the individual in front of the product, artistic endeavor or technical enterprise. They bring out the essence of each of its clients and use the language of film to connect them to their target audience in a more empathic and personal way. It’s a new form of targeted marketing Juan Luis calls “Human Marketing.”
The “Albany My Albany” series, and more of Juan Luis’s work, can be seen here.