Academics / Faculty Basilio
de San Juan Guerrero

"Once students have mastered the material and techniques, they can break these rules and build up their own vision and narrative." - Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

An experienced filmmaker and multimedia artist, Basilio de San Juan Guerrero has directed numerous films and documentaries for television networks around the world.

Basilio de San Juan Guerrero teaches video at SACI. He is a Spanish artist whose work includes a variety of mediums. Basilio started his career as a painter after graduating with a degree in fine arts with an emphasis in photography and painting. He was awarded a 3-year post-graduate scholarship by the Art and Contemporary Authors Foundation in Madrid, where he learned many different painting techniques. He later moved to Florence to study at The Florence Academy of Art, where he further developed his skills in drawing and painting and specialized in the human figure and landscapes.

In Florence, he met SACI video professor Bruno Spinazzola, a sponsor for the Digiqualia platform, who introduced him to filmmaking. Soon after, Basilio founded DSJG, a film production company specialized in commercials and short documentaries, which quickly grew to involve high-end video technology such as Steadicam, drones, special lighting, Gimbals, 4K cameras, and more. Since funding DSJG, Basilio has directed, written, and edited numerous films and documentaries, some of which have been shown on Classica Rai television in Italy and several networks around the world.

Basilio has received numerous prizes such as the international prize YICCA and Photo Espana, and his paintings are in private collections and museums around the world. He also founded digiqualia.com, an online platform for art education composed of artist interviews (painters, sculptures, and musicians) explaining the techniques and and philosophies applied in their research.

Teaching Philosophy
Students need to fully control the technique to be able to express themselves. My students will realize as many short films as possible as their skills evolve into the ability to control the film language and medium.

First, the ability to understand and moving forward is what I love to see in class. The students discover the rules of filmmaking and, once they’ve mastered the material and techniques, they can break these rules and build up their own vision and narrative. After some individual introductory assignments, they will also work in small groups where they can interact and learn from each other. The students will understand that film production involves a lot of teamwork and mastering of technique comes with practice. They will acquire skills and gain experience in film production throughout the semester. The second part of the term will be dedicated to realizing a larger film project that will be screened in public.

The students will master all steps of filmmaking and will gain the expertise needed to become great media creators.

"Once students have mastered the material and techniques, they can break these rules and build up their own vision and narrative." - Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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