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Meet Julia Basques of BASKOIR Films in Miami Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Basques.

Julia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My whole life, I believed I was going to be a filmmaker. But growing up, I wasn’t always sure how I would make it happen.

I was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where I lived a childhood full of creativity. I went to theater and music lessons, wrote my own stories, directed my family and friends in scenes from my favorite cartoons, and always had the best time doing so. It got to the point where I created a “pretend film company” to make films with my friends, believing I was already a pro.

Growing up more, I realized, maybe it wasn’t that easy. Risky, unapproachable… and decided to play it safe and study Law at IBMEC Business School, right there in my hometown. I stayed there for almost two years, and in that time, I became “the girl that talks about movies”. It was all I could think about, all that I wanted to focus my energy on. I did pretty well in my classes, and that led me to develop a huge interest in law, learning more about our society’s rules and philosophies. But it wasn’t my passion. My passion lied in the arts, in film, and I was crazy about the craft.

It was all very confusing.

To be honest, I can’t exactly pinpoint the exact cause or moment of my change of mind. All I know is that when I first sat down with my dad to tell him I wanted to move to the United States and go to film school, the first thing he said was: “I was wondering when you would say that”.

And from then on, I’ve had nothing but support. Anyone who knew me knew how important this was to me, and all my family and friends have made this transition much easier by standing with me in my decision to pursue my passion.

I left everything and everyone behind and, in 2017, moved from Brazil to Miami, FL, where I found my way to the New York Film Academy, South Beach Campus. It started off as a two-month filmmaking workshop but turns out I never left. The hands-on experience of going from development to producing to being on set for our own films was so beautiful to me, and I knew that that was going to prepare me for the rest of my life.

I am now close to finishing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy (saying that still sounds crazy to me), and every day I can wake up being sure I’m in the right place. In the time I have been here, I have also founded BASKOIR Films, a Production Company through which we bring to life not only my own work but also a series of other projects by amazing creators that are breaking into the artistic industry in South Florida.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think there is such a thing as a “smooth road”. If you want to reach your highest potential, there are many obstacles you need to learn to overcome, and that’s what I’m always seeking.

The first, and probably greatest struggle I’ve faced this far came from all that time I spent debating with myself whether or not Film was going to be a passion that remained a hobby, or if it would become a career. There is no doubt that working in the arts is risky, and pushing through that self-doubt was probably the hardest thing I ever had to get myself to do. If I can give you some advice: it’s scary but worth it!

I could go on about problems that come up from my job as a filmmaker. The pressures of being the cinematographer for someone else’s film, the stress and constant problem-solving that come with producing, how tiring the creativity process can be, or the responsibility of being a director on set and seeing so many people putting in so much effort towards something you envisioned. But none of those things seem like obstacles looking at the bigger picture and knowing that I am doing something I love and know that I can excel at.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
BASKOIR Films is an up-and-coming Film Production company, based here in Miami, where we work to produce and bring to life all kinds of artistic projects.

We are now arranging our own venue, where we hope to create, combine, and display all kinds of arts. From photography, to design, to film production, to music, or painting… BASKOIR is especially known for being a community platform built upon a true connection between people in the arts.

We work in videography, photography, film production, editing & post-production, and new media content creation, and we are very proud to have fully equipped and competent crew members in various areas of the industry.

Since one of our goals is to strengthen the artistic community in South Florida, we also work towards building connections between artists – filmmakers, actors, photographers, musicians, designers… allowing people to network and find in each other what they need to make their projects take flight. Always working together towards sharing your, and our perspective.

What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
I’m definitely very, very lucky for the people in my life. To be able to work with such an amazing and hard-working team is beyond anything I could ask for. I’m surrounded by brilliant colleagues who share the same goals as I do, and we work together to accomplish them, always helping each other in refining our craft. Not to mention how this team has now turned into a big second family! We work together, but we also know how to have fun together, we can count on each other and we became friends to keep the rest of our lives.

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