During the 1990s, while graduating in both Theatre and Drama and Business Management from the Catholic University of São Paulo, I also acquired proficiency level in English Language from Cambridge University, UK. At that time, while I was making my first bucks with my writing in translation assignments for Globo Livros / BBC Publishing, I had my first jobs as an actor and assistant producer in ads and films. And while I struggled to finish all my studies, I founded a theatre group and started writing, producing and directing my own plays. I wrote and produced a dozen seasons of those plays, and some of them were awarded state-sponsored prizes or picked in local public selections.
Although for years I had considered publishing a first book, I just did it in 2008, when my literature and film projects were simultaneously selected in highly competitive state-funded prizes, one of them aimed at helping writers to publish their first novels, and another being focused in short film production. A couple of years later, my writings and short films earned me an invitation from Black Maria Films, then a big Brazilian advertisement and content production company, to create, develop and manage a new Film And TV Department within the company. For the following five years, while I wrote and published my second novel and shot my first documentary, I also worked as the company’s projects’ coordinator and executive producer, writing, developing and producing films and TV series.
My most prominent works at that time were my two novels and mainstream action films. The novels, “The Poet, the Rose and a Thousand Letters” (Anna Blume Editions, 2009) and “Isolation”(CH Editions, 2012), were both based on actual events and long historical research, picturing real characters and dramatic events amidst the immigration context in Brazil during the 1930s and 1940s; both demanded thorough, quality structuring work (which, by the way, I had initially developed for stage and screen). I was also an executive producer for internationally released movies such as “Two Rabbits” (Imagem Filmes; Telecine; Turner; Sony Crackle); “Bigger than The World – the Story of José Aldo” and the Brazilian unit for “Solace” (Eden Rock Media; New Line Cinema; Film Nation Entertainment; Diamond Films; Relativity Media – starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrel and Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
In 2015, I moved on to writing, developing and exec-producing my own projects again, both in literature and for the film industry, and since then, I have been working as a freelance writer as well. The third story related to my two novels ended up being a screenplay, after I was awarded a national screenplay development prize in that same year to develop the story for the screen, “Oranya”. The project was also selected by the Moscow Business Square Co-production Forum and I presented it at the Moscow Film Festival.
Although those first personal projects were based on real facts and historical research, what I really love is writing pure fiction. I feel at my best when I’m writing suspense, action, science fiction and fantasy – and at present that’s what I have been doing mostly.
Samples of my translation work are on this separate portfolio.
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