Giselle Garcia Castro

1st Assistant Director in Features & TV Drama

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AD based in London
Assistant Directors Guild UK Member

Selected credits

Features & TV Drama

Prod Co Title Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

Universal

Fast and Furious 8

F. Gary Gray

Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Chris Morgan

Cliff Lanning

Assistant to ATL (Mr. Michael Fottrell)

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Media Pro, RTV Comercial, Wing and a Prayer Pictures

Sergio & Serguei

Ernesto Daranas

Adriana Moya

Geraldine León

Assistant to Above the line (Mr. Ron Perlman)

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HBO

Jett

Sebastian Gutierrez

Kathy Landsberg

Grant Boyle

2nd AD

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Showtime

House of Lies

Helen Hunt/ Matthew Carnahan

John H. Radulovic

Gary Goldman

2nd AD

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Sky Studios

Funeral For a Dog

David Dietl

Wassili Zygouris

Urs Hirschbiegel

2nd AD

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Potboiler & Morena Films

Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story

Iciar Bollain

Andrea Calderwood & Juan Gordon

Guillermo Escribano

2nd AD

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Involving Pictures

A translator

Rodrigo & Sebastián Barriuso

Sebastián Barriuso & Lindsay Gossling

Alejandro Valbuena

2nd AD

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The Headquarters Production

Footprints on Water

Nathalia Syam

Mohaan Nadar

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

N/A

Cacha Films

La Mujer Salvaje

Alan González

Claudia Calviño

Olga Sánchez

2nd AD

N/A

The Irish Film Board

Viva

Paddy Breathnach

Rebecca O'Flanagan & Robert Walpole

Carlos Bustamante

3rd AD

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Mandarin Cinéma

Chocolat

Roschdy Zem

Eric& Nicolas Altmayer

Mathieu Schiffman

Additional 2nd AD

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TV Commercials / Branded Content

Prod Co / Agency Brand / Title Type Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

Somesuch

Saatchi & Saatchi / New Creators Showcase

Branded Content

Femi Ladi

Ayo Davis

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

N/A

Somesuch

Vogue/ Vogue-U with Dua Lipa

Branded Content

Isaac Lock

India Lee

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Academy Films

Specsavers/ Something to Smile About

TVC

Novemba

Stephen Overs

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Partizan

Havana Club 7/ Colour in the dark

TVC

Dexter Navy

Laurent Emmanuel Darmon

Olivier Coulhon

2nd AD

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M&CSAATCHI

Amica Chips/ ELDORADA

TVC

Vittorio Bonaffini

Francesco Crespi

Nelson Navarro

2nd AD

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Cocoshoot Production

Hallenstein Brothers/ Brothers build legends

TVC

Jon Baxter

Lani Feltham

Carlos Bustamante

2nd AD

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Music Videos

Prod Co Artist / Title Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

Iconoclast

Isamaya Ffrench / Mantle

Isamaya Ffrench & Sam Thomas

Luke Tierney

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Iconoclast

Tems / Replay

Akinola Davies

Ayo Davis

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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London Alley

Dermot Kennedy/ Power over me

Courtney Phillips

Harvey Ascott

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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London Alley

Kiko Bun / Can’t Hold Back

Courtney Phillips

Harvey Ascott

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Vodoo

Lancey Foux/ Poison

Olivia Rose

François Larpin

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Believe Media

Gracey/ 99%

Samuel Douek

Ben Pengilly

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Odelay Films

Sody/ Butterfly

Hannah Berry George

Oli Falcon

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Beresheet Productions

Kendji Girac/ Conmigo

Igreco

Fabien Fouchier

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1st AD

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Beresheet Productions

Florent Pagny/ Encore

Igreco

Fabien Fouchier

Giselle Garcia Castro

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Beresheet Productions

Florent Pagny/ Dónde va la vida

Igreco

Fabien Fouchier

Giselle Garcia Castro

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COME ON productions

Indila & H Magnum/ Garde le equilibre

Karim Ouaret

Fabien Fouchier

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Puntilla Films

Gilberto Santarosa & Leoni Torres/ No puedo parar

Yeandro Tamayo

Marianela Donate

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Tropix & Egrem

Gilberto Santarosa & Isaac Delgado / El que siempre soñó

Asiel Babastro

Zenia Veigas

Giselle Garcia Castro

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Egrem

Cimafunk/ Ponte pa lo tuyo

Daniel Arévalo

Marianela Donate

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Revolver Films

METZ/ The swimmer

Scott Cudmore

Carlos Bustamante

Production Management

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Revolver Films

The New Pornographers/ Champions of red wine

Scott Cudmore

Carlos Bustamante

Production Management

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TV

Prod Co Title Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

Storyboard Studios

Money on my mind

Andrew Robertson / Jennifer Russell

Natalie Humphreys

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Production Coordinator

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The Food Network/ Citizen Pictures

Diner, Drive-ins and Dives Cruisin' in Cuba

N/A

Frank Matson

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Associate Producer

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CNN

Parts Unknown

Toby Oppenheimer

Jeff Allen

N/A

Production Assistant

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National Geographic

Uncensored with Michael Ware

David Ariosto

Ali Petre

N/A

Location Manager

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Experiential / Live events

Prod Co / Agency Brand / Title Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon

Paul Dugdale

Simon Fisher

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Operations Coordinator

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Documentaries

Prod Co Title Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

HBO

Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution

Jon Alpert

Saul Landau & Jon Alpert

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Production Assistant

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Vedado Films

Fifth List

Giselle Garcia Castro

Giselle Garcia Castro

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Director

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Discovery

Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba

Ian Shive

Katie A. King

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Field Production Assistant

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Chapman Productions

The Forbidden Shore

Ron Chapman

Ron Chapman

N/A

Production Assistant

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Chapman Productions

The Poet of Havana

Ron Chapman

Ron Chapman

Production Assistant

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Matador Content

Give me future: Major Lazer

Austin Peters

Diplo, Jack Turner

Production Assistant

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Witfilm

Transit Havana

Daniel Abma

Veronika Janatková, Nazima Mintjez

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Translator

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Stills

Prod Co / Agency Brand / Title Photographer Producer Role

Vogue Spain

Vogue/ Bienvenida Cuba

Benny Horne

Nelson Navarro

Production Assistant

Shorts & Personal Projects

Prod Co Title Director Producer 1st AD Role Vimeo / Youtube Link

Pylon

Small Hours

Michael Mante

David Drake

Giselle Garcia Castro

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Lief

Rejoice/Resist

Elisha Smith-Leverock

Margo Mars

Giselle Garcia Castro

1st AD

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Awesome Productions

Luna's Ring

Badir Awe

Tim Bragaw

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1st AD

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Directors Worked with

  • Akinola Davies
  • Courtney Phillips
  • Dexter Navy
  • Elisha Smith-Leverock
  • Hannah Berry George
  • Helen Hunt
  • Iciar Bollain
  • Isaac Lock
  • Novemba
  • Olivia Rose
  • Paddy Breathnach
  • Samuel Douek

Languages

  • Spanish - Native

Education

  • MA Documentary by Practice - Royal Holloway University of London (2019 - 2020) Pass with Distinction -Chevening Scholarship 2019 FCDO UK
  • BA Audio-visual Communications - University of Arts Havana (2011 - 2017) Summa Cum Laude
  • Film Minor - University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Science (2013 – 2014) Awarded Lee R. and Penny Anderson International Scholarship

Production Companies Worked with

  • Academy Films
  • CNN
  • Discovery Channel
  • Flare Entertainment
  • Food Network
  • Iconoclast
  • Lief
  • London Alley
  • M&C Saatchi
  • National Geographic
  • Showtime
  • Somesuch
  • Voodoo

1st ADs Worked with as a 2nd AD

  • Alejandro Valbuena
  • Gary Goldman
  • Guillermo Escribano
  • Urs Hirschbiegel

Celebrities Worked with

  • Dua Lipa
  • Anthony Bourdain
  • Helen Hunt
  • Don Cheadle
  • Kristen Bell
  • Ron Perlman
  • Guy Fieri
  • Vin Diesel
  • Charlize Theron
  • Carlos Acosta

Technical Skills

  • Movie Magic Scheduling - Advanced
  • Excel - Advanced
  • Microsoft Word - Advanced
  • Adobe Acrobat - Advanced
  • Adobre Premiere Pro - Advanced
  • Avid - Intermediate
  • Adobe After Effects - Basic
  • Final Cut - Intermediate

Additional Skills

  • Tackling harassment and bullying at work/ ScreenSkills
  • Coronavirus basic awareness on production training/ ScreenSkills

Awards

  • Runner Up Homemadre Short Competition sponsored by Agua de Madre & Curzon Cinemas
  • Nominated Best Documentary - Close: Up San Francisco Short Film Festival 2021
  • Winner Best Director Documentary September 2020 - Lonely Wolf London
  • Winner Best Feature Documentary July 2020 - Kosice International Monthly Film Festival
  • Winner People’s Choice Award 2020 Bigsyn International Film Festival London
  • 3rd Best Feature Documentary July 2020 - Prague International Monthly Film Festival
  • Bronze Winner Best Feature Documentary - Queen Palm International Film Festival Third Quarter 2020 Palm Springs
  • Nominated Best Editing - Queen Palm International Film Festival Third Quarter 2020
  • Honourable Mention of Outstanding Filmmaker - Brazil International Monthly Film Festival 2nd Edition 2020
  • Honourable Mention - New Cinema Lisbon Monthly Film Festival
  • Semi-finalist Close Up Edinburgh Docufest
  • The Lift Off Sessions Finalist July 2020 London
  • Honourable Mention Outstanding Filmmaker - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival Rio 2020
  • Official Selection Oaxaca Film Festival - Oaxaca México 2020
  • Official Selection Voices Rising NY 2020
  • Official Selection Kalakari Film Festival India 2020
  • Official Selection Andromeda Film Festival Istanbul 2020
  • Award Towards a culture of nature - International Film Festival Gibara
  • Non competitive Selection International Film Festival of Havana