Manuel grew up in his motherland Colombia where he learned to appreciate natural light. As a kid, he loved to play with ViewMaster reels and there´s how he fell in love with image-making. Graduated with honors from the MFA in Cinematography at New York Film Academy (Universal Studios), where he was mentored by Tony Richmond (ASC,BSC) and Jacek Laskus (ASC, PSC).
During his 10 years of filmmaking experience, he has shot 2 features, more than 30 short films, 15 music videos and dozens of national network commercials for clients including Jeep, Honey, Forever 21, Smirnoff, Trident, Juan Valdéz Café, LAN Airlines, Dunlop and UNICEF. His work has taken him from Colombia to Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador, Panamá, Costa Rica and the US.
He enjoys art exhibitions, playing tennis and trying food from around the world.
MFA in Cinematography
BFA in Media & Communications
Speaks: Español & English