August 2022

“What’s seemingly a simple thing can actually be the hardest to achieve.”                                                         – Roger Deakins

Hello there August,

Our spotlight lands on our very own co-founder, Lorenzo Escalante. We take a sneak peek through the lens of one of our cinematographers as he dives into what drives him. 

We also have a new podcast with Dera Campbell, the founder of Kurated Style. 


What is new with us?

“Because dreams are not linear, it’s not a straight line.”

In our next edition of meet the creators, we meet Dera Campbell, who worked for over 20 years in digital advertising, media operations, business development, and marketing at large publishers and ad tech start-ups.

After traveling to Thailand, Dera met female CEOs of home decor businesses, with a shared passion for preserving traditional craft skills. From this experience, she was inspired to start her own business, Kurated Style.

Kurated Style’s vision is to support partners who work directly with local artisans across ethnic groups and villages throughout Southeast Asia. Their goal is to globally amplify artisanal designs, support female entrepreneurs, and provide them with the opportunity and platform to showcase their work.

Crew Spotlight

“Creating and documenting are the two things I always knew how to do.”

My name is Lorenzo, but people call me Zo! They also call me Enzo. Rolling in the Benzo with the 20 inch Lorenzos (but I really drive a Subaru). I’m a 1st generation Filipino American. Blessed to have the parents, family, and friends that have supported me on this journey.

Three words that describe yourself?

Quiet, Observational, & Creative.

What motivates you to create?

Creating and documenting are the two things I always knew how to do. Of course, I’ve practiced skills and techniques to evolve my style along the way, but creating always felt natural to me. To take a picture and catch the rush of feelings and memories that came with looking at it afterwards is something I found fulfilling.

I kept coming back for more.

The ability to help people tell their story. To dive into their why, and convey with sounds and images is challenging and fun at the same time. I also create with people that I love - so it is an all around a great process. In short, trying to be the truest form and best version of myself is what motivates me to create. And in being myself, I found that I’m able to help other people and create impact in the world around me.

Your inspiration?

My inspiration is everything around me, but my favorite thing to stare at is “Korembi” which is a Japanese word for how light is filtered by trees. I find the natural patterns that are sometimes still, sometimes dancing – beautiful.

Who are your biggest artistic influences?

Steven Spielberg, Quinten Tarrantino, Wes Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki, Denis Villnuenva Villeneuve*, Emmanuel Lubezki, Matthew Libatique, Aaron Sorkin, Haruki Murakami, Nujabes, Kaytranada, Roger Deakins, Hans Zimmer, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Ludwig Göransson, James S.A. Corey, Steve Jobs, Damien Chazelle & many more.*

Tell me about your favorite medium.

My favorite medium is movies…in movie theaters. The emotions that a good film can inspire is what got me started in my own career today. Whether it’s expanding your imagination or watching characters overcome challenges,  movies have the potential to inspire.

What are your hobbies/interests?

I enjoy art, listening to and collecting vinyl, tending to my plants, reading self help, sci-fi & American Cinematographer, billiards, and bowling.

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