Helena González


“Never stop learning from what you see."

Helena González is a cinematographer born and based in Barcelona and working wherever a project takes her.

Already as a young child she developed in interest for the arts (partly influenced by her parents, both painters and art teachers), before discovering photography.

Still a girl, for her friends she became “the girl who always carried a camera."

It didn’t take long for her to realise that she was going to tell stories through images. A baccalaureate in the humanities gave Helena the opportunity to develop the habit and a taste for telling and writing stories, showing her also that her path would be storytelling through images.

Consequently, she went on to study Audiovisual Media, and achieved her graduate degree at UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). In 2017 she postgraduated in Cinematography from ECIB (Escola de Cinema de Barcelona).

There she shot several short films as cinematographer, the first one during her first year, “The cave," directed by Edo Parada, all shot with natural light.

In 2018 Helena was in in charge of the cinematography of two of the three projects selected that ECIB produced that year: “Quan ens estimem," directed by Sonia Pavón, a realistic family drama featuring a mother who has to decide to start a new life with her two children in a new house. The short film narrates the first day of their new life.

“Lacrimosa," directed by Eloi R. Franquesa, is a drama short film that takes place in the XIX century. A woman whose job is crying in funerals has the problem that she can cry in her work easily but when her daughter dies she is not able to express any feelings: she cannot talk, scream or cry.

“Lacrimosa” was selected by the AEC (Asociación Española de Directores y Directoras de Fotografía) to represent Spain at IMAGO 2019 in the category of student film.

While studying and after graduating from ECIB, Helena shot several short films, music videos, documentaries and commercials, working her way from the camera department to the capacity of Cinematographer.

In all her projects, Helena devotes herself to the director’s idea end-to-end. She deeply believes that a cinematographer needs to be involved in every way possible, and be fully engaged with the project and the final result. This implies understanding the director’s idea in all its details, and, furthermore, trying to understand not only how the director sees the story, but also how every other single department sees it.

Helena is a cinematographer who learns from what she sees and what she experiences, from the light entering the windows in her home in a family moment, or in a café when she is meeting friends, or on a train when commuting. She observes what happens and changes around her, she analyses it in visual terms, and captures it with her camera— just in case she might need it for her next project.