Meet Raymond Gerard Braza
With a strong passion for narrative storytelling, Braza created Silent Paradise Productions to not only showcase his love for horror films, but to come together with other aspiring filmmakers to show the world what they are capable of. Coming from a background of Filipino culture, it was hard to speak his truth to his family. Ever since he was little, he was always filming and watching movies. Being raised in a society where art as a major is not looked upon often, it was very difficult for him to really decide what he wanted to do. After meeting Oxnard filmmaker, Andres Flores, Braza's early mentor, he knew he had to follow the same path as him because he was inspired how he's from Oxnard and not many people from Oxnard were majoring or even into film like we were. From being a computer science major in community college, he transferred to California State University, Northridge, and received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Cinema and Television. Now, with the help of Andres of course, he has made two short horror films, Wayward Nature and Pigmenta, in which both have received "Best Horror Short Film" in festivals all over the world and has screened internationally. They have also made a short film that was officially selected for this year's NewFilmmakersLA On Location Video Project which received a certificate and plaque of recognition by the city of Los Angeles, and has travelled all over the world to experience everyone watching their work. He also had the opportunity to get an interview publication in Voyage LA Magazine, where thousands of people around the world can read his story. Now, with the continued help of Flores and other colleagues, Braza is more motivated and determined on creating not only horror films, but anything that speaks personal truth, honesty, and passion. "You don't see many Filipinos doing horror films, yet alone you don't see many of them in the film industry. My goal is to give a voice to the voiceless and anyone who is afraid to try to make it because of how cynical the industry can be based on how we look. I hope to make it out there with the people who are just like me. Let's get our voices heard." -Raymond Gerard Braza
CLICK HERE to check out Raymond Gerard Braza's interview in VoyageLA Magazine!