The Coffeehouse Invite welcomes local San Jose Filmmaker Ruben Escalante! We did a coffee run to Philz, sipped a soo good and mint mojito right above the Sunnyvale Train Station. It's chilly up here. We hear the noises of the railroad, the Sunday traffic, the chatter of downtown and the sneaky teenagers taking hits in their car. We chat about his writing, work and his new project release under Bro’s Lunch Production. He’s a self-proclaimed weirdo, coffee lover, mighty boosh obsessed and a big-kid at heart. I always enjoy hearing the different aspects of creating and where others draw their inspiration from. What moments inspire us and what will we turn that idea into? Sometimes we get stuck doing the same things over and over and sometimes we walk across boundaries our society sets. Maybe you can try some of the ways Ruben stays creative. Grab your favorite drink and read on to learn more about his process.
Interview with Ruben Escalante
The Coffeehouse Invite: Tell us about yourself! Who is Ruben Escalante? What is your purpose in life and what kind of coffee do you enjoy?
Ruben Escalante: Right now I'm a filmmaker and a teacher. I prefer subtle comedy that reflect real life obstacles but with a bit of fantasy. I wholeheartedly feel my purpose in life is to differ future generations from previous generation norms that I don't agree with. I guess that's why I prefer the lightest blends of coffee available, because I don't have a lot of time dedicated for sleep.
The Coffeehouse Invite: What got you into writing and how did that start your interest into filmmaking?
Ruben Escalante: I grew up loving to write and use my creativity. But, it wasn't normal for young boys to love to write so I spent that time playing sports. I worked in different jobs after high school but I'm not suited for office jobs, I get super depressed and I begin giving my everyday life FANTASTIC back stories. Going to get something from the printer isn't just getting something from the printer, I'm a secret agent and I've got to get some important document from the printer without being seen. I went to school in my late 20’s for screenwriting, but screenwriting is just one aspect of storytelling so then I got into film production and editing.
The Coffeehouse Invite: What is your creative process? Who do you draw inspiration from?
Ruben Escalante: I grew up incredibly bound to many different ideals and those things I feel kills creativity. Over the past few years I've tried adopting the “who cares?” method. I'm not saying be an asshole, just don't let normal everyday things rain on your parade. By trying to find reason for why people do things and just laugh and frustrating moments it's given me more perspective to use for numerous projects, just more heightened.
I'm inspired by a lot of things. With objectifying loners like Wes Anderson, the dead pan humor from many different UK shows, how Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg heightened comedy, letting your creativity flourish like Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding with the Mighty Boosh.
The Coffeehouse Invite: I heard you’re a fan of the Mighty Boosh. What is it about and what draws you to this show?
Ruben Escalante: I don't know if I could go where they do in a surreal sense. The world they've created hypnotized me since the first time I saw it. It's an extreme sense of how my mind works, melding real work with fantasy. It's what I'm trying to perfect in “The 420 Bong Boys.”
The Coffeehouse Invite: YEAH! TCI is excited to announce your first episode. Tell us more about it! What other type of shows or films do you want to make?
Ruben Escalante: The show is about two friends, Brad has been traveling down our society's path for success but isn't happy. Edison is a guy who barely gets by, he's delusional with his kindness. He's a bit of a shut-in but at a later stage in his life is about to start that same path when a portal opens while Brad smokes from a magical bong. They transport from universe to universe every 420 pm trying to find their way back home and they usually come across some sketchy character along the way.
The Coffeehouse Invite: What hurdles have you come across as a filmmaker?
Ruben Escalante: The first one was just writing and planning everything out. The second would be finding money for equipment and costumes and help with producing a project. All these are typical problems with movie making, but the main problem is finding our audience.
The Coffeehouse Invite: I know that you’ve been writing a few scripts during this past year. We want to see them come to life! What projects can we expect from you this year?
Ruben Escalante: The first is the 420 Bong Boys, this summer me and the boys are making a documentary where we hit the road, but we have an endless list of projects we’ve got lined up.
The Coffeehouse Invite: Are you looking for others to collaborate with? If so, let The Coffeehouse Invite community know.
Ruben Escalante: We’re always looking for creative types who like to create and have fun. A lot of hard work goes into movie making, but it's important to enjoy and have fun through the process.
The Coffeehouse Invite: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Ruben Escalante: We’ll be hosting a fundraiser of sorts once we get closer to the first day of filming. We’re coming up with promotional videos, t shirts, stickers, and mugs so be on the look out.
Learn more about Ruben Escalante and Bros Lunch Movie Factory at www.broslunchmoviefactory.com