After graduating from VFS Sound Design, 47 year-old Rodrigo Alzueta founded post-production house Marinaside Studios. Since then, Alzueta’s work has featured in 3 Brazilian films.
But life for Alzueta hadn’t always catered to his creativity. Despite a love of music and all things audio, a dreary, unrewarding career in computer engineering gobbled up a huge portion of his life. He felt his creative energy slipping away; he knew needed a change – and soon.
“I’d been a musician since I was 16 years-old,” he says of the desire that finally won over. “So I took my knowledge of computers and my knowledge of music and put them together.”
Computers + Music = Sound Engineer
Rodrigo enrolled in Vancouver Film School’s sound design program, where he joined several other hopeful sound students – all of whom were considerably younger than him. Despite this, “Sharing that time with my younger and very talented peers was very exciting.”
He also met and was mentored by a personal hero, Tim McGuiness, Sound Design instructor and thirty-year veteran of the Vancouver sound design community. “When I lived in Uruguay I read his articles in Keyboard Magazine. He’s one of my idols.”
Small Town – Big Sounds
After graduation, Rodrigo returned to Brazil with his wife, who manages the pedagogic and arts departments at Liceu, a non-profit organization that provides training in art, dance, and music to the very poor in Salvador de Bahia. Since Alzueta was not about to work for someone else, he decided to open his own post-house – and Marinaside Studios was born.
“[At Marinaside] I do everything. I edit dialogue, sfx, spfx, music, backgrounds, and foleys. I record, I pre-mix, and I do the final mix.” Rodrigo’s relentless networking, self-promotion, and his “boutique” style studio eventually attracted local productions and eager, needy talent.
Audio for Video
“I did two short films: Na terra do Sol by director Lula de Oliveira, which is an epic 15 minute film that met critical acclaim at the Vancouver Latin Film Festival; the second film was Vermelho Rubro, an 18 minute romance directed by Sofia Federico that placed third at the last Brasilia Film Festival. Now I am finishing a feature film titled When Nothing Happens from Brazilian director Joao Gabriel.”
Despite all his inborn talent and indomitable persistence, Alzueta admits that VFS was a large influence on his present success. “The year I spent at VFS was the highlight of my life.”