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Robert Bravo is BravoFX

My Name is Robert Bravo 'I've been doing this in one form or another for pushing 11 years now. I think there's something truly amazing about doing this for a living, there's only a small group of people in this world who can know what it feels like to draw a picture today and less than a week later see that picture walking around in the real world as a living breathing thing. The very nature of my job is to ignore and bend the rules of reality 

 

A bit about my self… Well, I suppose it makes sense to start at the beginning, I was raised in the entertainment industry, spending much of my childhood on tour buses with a number of well-known musicians. It was Chubby Checker (The Twist, The Hucklebuck) who taught me what it means to be an artist. That it wasn’t all fun and games but a never-ending evolution of Character, Discipline, and love for your craft, tools I carry on to this day. I believe that’s part of what led me to understand the business side of entertainment the way I do

 

the early days 

It's hard to believe it but the truth of the matter is I tried to avoid a job in entertainment. While I loved my childhood the music industry exposed me to a lot of shall we say dark stuff. I actually studied to become a classical chef. Finding my way into film was… nothing short of luck I actually started in the industry as a producer; a friend of mine who is a director needed help on some productions, work with permits, locations things of that nature. He saw something in me. Set life seemed to come naturally. We went on to produce a number of MICRO budget films the first of which “TRAP” we finished when I was 21 years old

 

We were making features for about 30k which may sound like a lot of money until you realize how much it cost to make a movie. At these shoe-string budgets If the script called for special effects, the only option was my having to do the research and make it happen or lose the scenes, which is exactly what happened. We were putting together a very FX heavy movie and I had a moment of realization. I loved doing special effects!  There's this amazing moment when you can breathe life into creatures that could never exist in the real world and that was it. From that point on I knew what I was meant to do with my life. I committed my self to learn the tools of the special effects trade and I never looked back

set life

In most cases, I'm the first to arrive on set so I can get actors into their second skins depending on the nature of the film, I'm the one to pump them up read lines with them help them clear their minds as I manipulate their form. I spend the entire day just off camera armed with my trusty travel kit for quick touch ups and to cater to any changes the director may dream up as the day progresses and then I am the last to leave. after setting the actors free from their second skins using the utmost care to be gentle  with the often difficult removal process ready willing and hungry to do it all the next day over and over again 

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