Though born in England, it was Francisco’s South American upbringing that shaped his style: a sense for vibrant colours and energetic sets he is now well known for.
Francisco worked in a theatre since early age, moving on to study architecture and set and costume design, graduating with distinction from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His formal training gave him the artistic and technical tools to deliver his designs. He most enjoys the creative collaboration with the director, conceiving a three-dimensional space from a two-dimensional script.
He has immersed himself in different art forms, ranging from Operas and Musicals to TV, Film, Experiental, Ballet, and Dance, each one of them contributing to shape and enhance the other.
As well as his film work, Francisco designed the imposing stage and costumes for the Coronation Festival Gala at Buckingham Palace, drawing on his experience in different art forms while designing and styling diverse acts for live audience and HD filming. One of his recent feature films was recently recognised with a BAFTA nomination for best costume design and one of his plays for an International Design Award.
in 2018 Francisco was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
With seven features to his name including ‘Set Fire To The Stars’ for which he received a BAFTA Cymru nomination, Francisco has immersed himself in different art forms, ranging from Operas and Musicals to TV, Film, Experiential, Ballet, and Dance, each one of them contributing to shape and enhance the other. Based in London, he is available for work worldwide.
2018 LOST SIGNAL - Ron Luscinski (Pre-production)
2017 FERRARI: RACE TO IMMORTALITY - Darryl Goodrich / Julia Taylor-Stanley / Artemis films –Universal Studios
2016 BEES MAKE HONEY - Jake Eve / Bees Make Honey Films Ltd.
2014 SET FIRE TO THE STARS - Andy Goddard / Andrew Riach / Mad as Birds Nominated: BAFTA Cymru Award 2015 - Costume Design
2014 THE WHITE ROOM - James Erskine / New Black Films
2014 PANTANI: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist - James Erskine / Victoria Gregory
2014 THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES - James Erskine / Goldcrest Capital
2018 Tracks - Rosie Day
2016 BULLET TO THE HEART - Jon Drever / Grain Media
2014 THE PATIENT - Enrico Falzetti / Capital Films
2013 YOU ARE ME - Peter Speyer / New Black Films
2018 STIHL - Duncan Guymer / Joyrider
2017 PEANUT - Jamie Mitchell / Stories
2016 AVIVA COMMERCIALS - Guy Patterson / Grain Media
2006 THE HAPPYNESS PLANNER - Duncan Guymer / Joyrider
2018 THE CONE GATHERERS - Jon Drever / Grain Media – BBC
2018 AN INSPECTOR CALLS - Jon Drever / Grain Media – BBC
2018 WOMAN IN BLACK - Jon Drever / Grain Media – BBC
2018 LORD OF THE FLIES - Jon Drever / Grain Media – BBC
2017 ANITA AND ME - Jon Drever / Grain Media – BBC
2017 WOMAN IN BLACK - Jon Drever / Grain Media - BBC
2017 NEVER LET ME GO - Jon Drever / Grain Media - BBC
2017 ANIMAL FARM - Jon Drever / Grain Media - BBC
“Francisco not only rose to the challenge of working in black-and-white on ‘Set Fire To The Stars’, he surpassed it. His incredible work, reflected in his BAFTA nomination, taught me fresh insights about the dynamic between camera and costume. Francisco's imagination is not swayed by the boundaries of budget or resources; his commitment and passion for the material is outstanding and his attention to detail exemplary.”
Andy Goddard – Director – ‘Set Fire To The Stars’
“.... Francisco visual wit and daring combined with his rigorous technical nous make him, for me, one of the finest designer co-collaborators I’ve had the privilege of working with.”
Lucian Msamati, director “Boi Boi is Dead” ; actor, “Who Killed Mr. Drum? “
“Francisco is a hugely professional and talented personality. He is superbly researched, incredibly creative and resourceful and dedicated to his work. He exudes positivity, passion and dynamism and he combines this wit insight, intelligence and a sense of humour to be highly respected collaborative colleague.”
Stefan Janski- Opera Director for L’Enfant et les sortileges, L’Heure Espagnole, Katya Kabanova, Carmen and Vanessa.
1999-2000 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol Theatre Design Postgraduate Course: Pass with Distinction
1993-1998 Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela BA (Hons) Degree: Architecture and Urbanism
Languages: Bilingual English-Spanish, Fluent Italian
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