David Justin Robles or as his friends always call him “Deej” is a young creative from Baguio City who does film and photos both as a hobby and for a living. Beside’s taking videos and photos for fun, at 22 he had already worked with local and international brands for videography and photography projects while directing wedding films on the side. But most of all he loves to travel, and the only way he keeps these experiences alive is through his videos. Some of his works have been featured on TV and had gone viral online. Truly creativity and whits do makes a content video moving and inspiring.
As a creative, we often experience setbacks but it’s these little things that push us to be more creative than we already are. It’s those little things that make our story more relatable and us to be more human. Being a young creative, the challenge is how to stay inspired. Good thing experiences do make the best inspiration to create.
TLF: How did you develop an interest and passion for videography?
DeeJ: I first got into photography when my friends had all these DSLR/cameras that I’d just like to borrow and play around with back in high school. Til it became a hobby then eventually leading me to buy my own camera. From time to time, I’d get asked this question and it was somehow just a frustration on me having a hard time with drawing and other arts which involved paper, pencil, or a brush. Then I got into it because I just wanted to capture moments that I can keep for a lifetime and to actually share the beauty we usually take for granted mostly through landscapes and pictuires of people. I got into videography because somehow deep inside I felt like I wanted to do more with the camera. Surely you can tell a story through photographs but more than the story I wanted to somewhat share the experience and create something that would make you feel like you were there. And I did this through videography.
TLF: Beside’s videography and photography what else are you passionate about?
Deej: I’m passionate about traveling and seeing the beauty of His creation. This was actually the deeper purpose of a travel video I guess. When I started out it was really more of a travel to shoot kind of thing. But later on, I realized there was more to it. There were just moments that you had to put down the camera and just watch in awe. To watch sunsets or sunrises in different places and landscapes, to stargaze with different mountains as a foreground, and to be able to experience new things that you never knew this world could offer may it be through culture, a walk in different sceneries, etc. I fell in love with that. I fell in love with His Creation.
TLF: What challenged you most about creating videos?
Deej: At first what really challenged me was that one simple question. What do I video? I can easily take a picture of a place or a person but when it was taking a video, it wasn’t as easy. Technically it was how do I show movement and what movement was there that I actually could video because video involves motion. I did find the answer to that and it’s what challenges me most now. That is: Tell a story. Once you have a story to tell, you’ll know how you’d want to show a place or person through video. But, it is challenging because you then ask: what is the story?
TLF: What did you take up in college? Does it affect your chosen path now in some way?
Deej: I took up BSIT. Yes, it does, Information technology is very technical. As a video freelancer, from the gear to the software I use to edit, it helped me be technical with it as well. Learning the details of such helped a lot and also being able to configure settings that aren’t easily done and involved things that I learned from my course.
TLF: What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring videographer to actually doing it full time for a living?
Deej: I really didn’t know at first. I didn’t want to be in an office and I just felt like I wanted to follow this path of my passion. I just kept shooting and shooting. I did my best to be better in this and sometimes I’d just really thank God cause it got me to these moments that I’d never thought id be doing and it all involves this my passion.
TLF: You have a signature style and feel in your videos, can you describe it to us. How did you come up with your style or decide on one?
Deej: I think my style differs from one video to another and I like to keep it that way. Different video different feel. But of course, a personal style I’d say I always use would be mixing up different ways of videoing. By that I mean like I’d have shots that are cinematic, shots that just break the rules of composition, sometimes point of view, details of a much larger subject, and sometimes even unnecessary things but all complementing each other. Mix it up with some slow-motion and cuts and yeah that’s how I’d wanna put videos together. I think I came up with it cause starting out and being exposed to different ways and feels of shooting videos was just “ah how do I video this time” so why not’s try all and piece it up together.
TLF: What inspires you to take your camera out and start filming?
Deej: Usually, it’s the spur of the moment when something is just too good you have to capture it. Of course, it’s not every day you get that but I did learn that there are a lot of times that it’s you who can actually step out, create, and make those moments. That said and done, that’s when I just start to hit the record button.
TLF: What does creating great content means to you?
Deej: Great content is something done from the heart. It’s not merely something you just shot/filmed because it was nice or it was beautiful. I think it’s more of something you can create out of a bunch of photos and videos that may or may not be the “best” or like “nice” shots. Something you can create from your own perspective, vision, or how you see something.
TLF: Among your works, which one is your favorite and why?
Deej: For now, I think it would be the recent video I made which was much more of a compilation of my experiences from 2017. I think it’s mostly because 2017 was where I learned a lot in this field but more than that it’s also where I learned a lot about in life and how God really works through it. Videography or content creating was a tool I guess that helped me get through the ups and downs from last year and a way to express and show my emotions and experiences. It’s something from the heart and I wanted to create something from it of course in no other way but through a video.
TLF: What would you tell a younger artist who wants to pursue videography?
Deej: Just keep shooting. It’s from shooting of course where you first hand learn something. You can educate yourself so much and learn all the techniques and tricks online or workshops but it’s really from making and editing on your own with videos, applying all the things you learned, and experiencing some mistakes throughout the way that really teaches you to be better.