Photo and story by Monica Porta
Eros Salvatore is a volunteer at Access Tucson. He helps producers through providing tutoring for the Final Cut Pro editing program. His interest in volunteering developed after discovering Access Tucson as a media resource center and wanting to help others who are interested in making films and creating programming.
Eros was born in Ireland to parents who are writers and who traveled around the world. Unlike his parents, Eros didn’t want to use writing when it came to the art of expression so he decided to define himself through film.
He didn’t have an interest in film at first, but at the age of 35 his thoughts on it changed. Eros had a friend that had a heart for the art of filmmaking. He traveled alongside him and soon become inspired by his experience and realized his own passion for film. Without the inspiration from his friend, Eros wouldn’t have the passion for filmmaking that he has today.
Eros has volunteered previously for public access television before coming to Access Tucson. His first encounter with public access was when he lived in Oregon. His first experiences were taking production classes and producing live programming. He came to Tucson two years ago looking to make a short film. Eros tells me that “location is the most important thing in shooting a film. I moved to Tucson in order to shoot at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun which fit the story of my film.” Knowing there had to be a public access facility downtown; he went to a local café and discovered it right across the street.
He got involved with taking the required introduction classes in order use the equipment to make his film. He has continued to volunteer and to offer his time. He is now working on shooting two short films called “Tasha’s Dream” and “Nadia’s First Love.” Once he finishes shooting his film’s he plans to summit them to the Sundance Film Festival. Access Tucson has helped him with his film making by allowing him to use their equipment and giving him experience.