Director of Photography with extensive experience working with Colombian and international feature films and documentaries. Pérez is currently director of photography for the U.S. film “Blunt Force Trauma,” directed by Ken Sancel and starring Freida Pinto, Ryan Kwanten, and Mickey Rourke, filmed in and around Bogotá. He worked on “Anna,” a fiction feature film shot in Paris, Bogota and the Colombian Caribbean coast region, by director Jacques Toulemonde. He was also director of photography for the second part of “The 33,” on the plight of miners trapped in a mine for almost two months, shot in Nemocon and Zipaquira, directed by Patricia Riggen.
In March 2011 he finished the cinematography of “Choco,” directed by Jhonny Hendrix, which in January 2012 took part in the official selection at the Berlin Film Festival. In May of that year, his work on “Choco” brought him the Best Cinematography Award at the International Hall of Light (Salón Internacional de la Luz) in the Fiction Feature Film category. Together with the English producer and director Alan Ereira (BBC), he filmed the documentary “Aluna” about the Kogi indigenous group of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. In February 2011 he shot the German documentary “Mama Coca,” by Turkish-German director Susan Serkeci.
In 2008, under the direction of Ciro Guerra, Pérez directed photography for “The Wind Journeys,” a film that was part of the official selection of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in the category Un Certain Regard, and which later participated in the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals. In October 2010 he was awarded the Macondo National Prize for Best Cinematography for this film, from the Colombian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Science.
Perez completed his secondary school studies at the German High School in Cali and traveled to Bogota in 1989 to enter the Film and Photography program at UNITEC. While still a student, he made his first films as director and cinematographer, with the short 16mm film “Lana Virgen” in 1992 and the documentary “Sobre Ruedas” in 1993. In 1996, he decided to travel to Cuba for advanced workshops at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, where he studied cinematography and direction of photography, as well as script analysis. Perez acted as cinematography teaching assistant there and currently is a professor in the subject.
He has also worked in television, performing camera and photography work for documentaries and series since 1997.