(known as the Quentin Tarantino of Music Videos & The KING of Street Videos) grew up in the rough streets of South Central Los Angeles. However, good came from growing up in such a rough place. It was in this environment that Hugo V. picked up his gritty, aggressive, yet artistic streetwise style that is reflected in his overall work and filming approach. While his friends took the path into gang life and crime, Hugo V. took a different road. Always fascinated by music and movies, Hugo V. began to intern at record and movie production companies alike.
As a result, Hugo V. was exposed to a wide range of music and movie genres. Hugo V. quickly began learning both businesses’ simultaneously. It is in this setting that he met noted Panavision cameraman Lionel Mathews. Noticing promise and talent in Hugo V., Lionel quickly took the eager youth under his wing. Consequently, Hugo V. learned “the ropes” behind the camera from an experienced Hollywood cameraman. Thus, at a young age, Hugo V. has become a 10-year veteran in the entertainment industry. Having already worked at such companies as MCA, Warner Bros., CBS, Geffen Records, Motown and Universal, Hugo V. has more than sufficient knowledge of the inner workings of both the music and movie industry. Along with his vast hands on experience, Hugo V. has also an impressive educational background.
After gaining hands on training, Hugo V. decided to attend college to further his skills. A graduate of the prestigious University of Southern California (USC), Hugo V. earned two degrees and various certificates. He was even accepted into law school. It is during his studies that he not only learned the legalities of the business; but how to produce, finance, plan, light and even edit his own projects.
It is with both his hands on training and educational background that have lead Hugo V. to work with some of the industry’s more well-known talent. In his young career, Hugo V. has already worked with a diversity of known names such as B-Real and Sen-Dog of Cypress Hill, “The godfather” of Latin Hip Hop; Mellow Man Ace, Cedric The Entertainer, The Bishop Don Juan, new-comer Glasses Malone, Sick Jack of Psycho Realm, up and coming west coast artist O.Brown, Shifty of the group Crazytown, adult film star Angie Savage, underground L.A. rap sensation and Unsigned Hype alumni Trenseta (known as the Lebron James of rap), photographer Jason Clevering, Rap Olympics winner Otherwize, and others from the world famous Project Blowed, just to mention a few.
Consequently, Hugo V.’s work and talents have already been noticed and seen by many via internet, television and magazine. One of Director Hugo V.’s first music videos, “Los Angeles (The Anthem)’ with B-real of Cypress Hill resulted in a huge underground and runaway hit!
Director Hugo V. directed, produced and chief financed the music video for the song “Los Angeles”* by O.Brown and B-Real of CYPRESS HILL. The video has been a huge underground hit and thus was considered for nomination at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Furthermore, along with the video being aired on MusicPlusTV.COM Television, Vlaze TV, La Onda TV, IMF and Mun2 TV, the LOS ANGELES video has received more than a MILLION views on YouTube and an equal amount on Myspace and counting! *(see Brown Pride Magazine article under links page)
The huge success of the “Los Angeles” project has given way for Director Hugo V. to continue to direct music videos for other artists. Including the opportunity of working for the second time with B-Real of Cypress Hill on the music video “Sliding In The Whip” shot entirely on high-def.
Having directed, written, financed and produced several music videos and a feature length film all within less than 3 years, Hugo V. is quickly becoming a rising star, a sought after director, and is being considered a “phenom” by many of his peers in the industry. By applying a distinctive approach to familiar ideas, implementing interesting camera angles, experimenting with unorthodox lighting and thinking of innovative concepts, Hugo V. is being called “the next big thing” in the directing world.
To give you an idea of where Hugo V. is headed, he was asked during an interview “where do you see yourself going in this business”, his reply; “let me put it this way, in a couple of years, some people wont be able to afford me, in other words, I’m going far.” And there are those within the business and out that tend to agree!!!