NeverSceneFilms by Albert Ventura Roldán
NeverSceneFilms is the label of filmmaker Albert Ventura Roldán. Born in Barcelona, studied cinema and photography in Japan. Now based in Taipei where is developing his career as a film director and writer.
“When I was a kid my grandmother introduced me to cinema through movies like the Wizard of Oz, Chaplin’s “Modern Times” or “A Night at the Opera” from the Marx brother’s. I always understood a cinema theatre as a place to dream and experience something different. For this reason I wanted to create my label with a name that reminded me constantly what made me feel fascinated in cinema in the first place. And in order to never forget that I come from this feeling of amazement. that has guided me from when I was a child”. Albert Ventura, Taipei 2020.
Shortfilms & Videos
I am constantly creating stories in my mind. I grew up in an environment that fed my imagination and stimulated me to imagine all sorts of unusual situations that I would hardly encounter in real life. I realised that with movies I could share this challenges with an audience that I didn’t know, but with which I could share the world I had in my mind. I soon realises this was a highly addictive feeling. When I see someone diving into my story and being moved, I realise that this is the reason why I wanted to become a story teller. And once you experience that feeling, is like an addiction that you can never let go.
To my understanding any movie director should be as well a photographer. Since movies are succession of photographies, I always thought that taking pictures was one of the first steps in the process of picturing a movie. I like playing with manual settings that allow me to explore the different possibilities of an image and experiment with the style that I am looking for. It also allows me to train in technical elements that are essential in cinematographic language, like depth of field, exposure or iso. Taking portraits is what I enjoy the most. It allows me to observe the soul of a person, sometimes in a more honest way that in a conversation. I often imagine that person in my actor in that spontaneous movie. The reactions I can get from people that I film unexpectedly can be unpredictable, but that also makes it more exciting, and makes me remember the story behind every picture that I take.
NeverSceneFilms is the movie label of independent director and writer Albert Ventura Roldán (Barcelona 1978). At 24 he moved to Japan, where he pursued a master and a PhD in Biology at the University of Tokyo. However, fascinated by Japanese culture and arts he also studied photography and movie directing and he eventually moved into his real passion, story telling and filmmaking. Influenced by Japanese classic cinema and arts, his first short film “Script” was awarded as the Best Script Award in Sapporo Short International Film Festival in 2011. He then moved to Taiwan where he filmed several shorts, including “Für Elise”, sponsored by Kaohsiung Cultural Bureau and nominated for best short at the Taipei Film Festival. In 2017, he directed the PTS Originals Short “Iphigenia’s Night” for Taiwanese Public TV Channel which inspired “Iphigenia in Manila”, his first feature film project. The project was selected for the Golden Horse Project Promotion Platform where it was awarded with the Best Content Digital Award and is actually looking for financing. He is currently writing an eight chapter TV series for Taiwanese Public TV Channel Gongshi sponsored by the Ministry of Education. He is also in pre-production of his seventh short film “Butterflies” also sponsored by the same TV Broadcaster.