Nicolás Rodríguez Fuchs and Pablo Pivetta are the Argentina-based Co-Directors of the documentary film, Endless Letterpress (Los Últimos). Endless Letterpress is both filmmakers’ first film.
Nicolás Rodríguez Fuchs
After studying graphic design and film at Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA), Nicolás Rodríguez Fuchs takes his first steps working on post-production as Motion Graphics designer.
Graduate of graphic design from the University of Buenos Aires, photographer and collector of wood types, Pablo Pivetta combines all of these interests into filmmaking, starting with short documentaries.
Q: What does BALANCE mean to you when you think about design?
NRF: Distribute the elements to generate balance in a composition. In the cinema, the temporal factor is added and this balance is distributed over time, which means that you have to setup different moods and situations.
PP: I think that the more balanced a composition is—although it could be beautiful—it will be boring, predictable and tasteless. To me, the most interesting works and projects are always somehow unbalanced: it could be on budget, time, colors, or anything. I see passion as a good way to unbalance a project, because the more passionate you are about a job, more research, risk, and innovation you will put into it!
Q: What do you predict is going to be BIG in 2019 in terms of design?
NRF: I’m not very aware of trends—perhaps, I’m a bit old-fashioned. In my personal work, I try to follow the subjects that I love: little stories of common people.
PP: The most powerful thing about design today is its capacity to transform. I love seeing professionals from different fields working together wondering what design can do to improve people’s lives. I think the ability that we designers have to answer this question will define the most interesting designs in 2019.
Q: How do you explain what you do for a living?
NRF: In addition to being a Director, I also work as a Motion Designer. It’s hard to make films in Argentina these days.
Q: What are your go-tos for when you’re seeking inspiration?
NRF: The best ideas appear when you are not looking for them, so spending time outside, meeting friends, traveling, reading—just doing something. I never got any good inspiration scrolling through my Instagram feed!
Q: Tell us about a project that you worked on that you are most proud of.
NRF: Endless Letterpress is a film that tells the story of a dying craft: letterpress printing. In Argentina, two generations live side by side—the immigrants, descendants who inherited the craft, and a group of young people who have rediscovered the technique and are transforming it into a cult language.
Q: My favorite thing about my city is…
NRF: One of the things I like most about Buenos Aires is its eclecticism. There are many cultural proposals and people who come from different places with very different stories.
Q: Why do you do what you do? What do you want to leave behind for future generations?
NRF: Well, I really don’t know yet, haha. But I realize that I love filmmaking. I hope I can leave behind more than mountains of plastic garbage.
Q: What is your super power?
NRF: Patience and perseverance!
PLUS, don’t miss the upcoming screening of Endless Letterpress at the 2019 ByDesign Festival, March 15, 7:30pm, followed by Q&A with Argentine filmmaker Pablo Pivetta. The screening will be preceded by a free live letterpress demo by Expedition Press from 6pm – 7:30pm! Tickets and more info at bit.ly/nwbydesign.