Northeast woman olyphant transplant works for creative opportunities locally through scranton films – lifestyles – the times-tribune apple tablet with keyboard

“I just want to tell powerful, fun and engaging stories through visual art,” cabrales said. “and I want to bring films back to scranton. We don’t have to go anywhere. We can stay here and make movies all over this area.”

Cabrales does freelance work, too, specifically legal videography. This takes her all over the region to film witness depositions and more for court. The work keeps cabrales’s days busy and gives her a chance to see all different parts of her adopted home of northeast pennsylvania.

Her other business endeavor, freez photo booth, allows her to work with her business partner and best friend carissima hodovanec at reunions, birthdays, retirements and more.

“it’s a different way to have that creative outlet,” cabrales said. “it’s all about having fun and making other people feel good, no matter what you’re doing.”


Cabrales’s early life began far away from NEPA. She grew up in california after her family immigrated to the united states from mexico when she was a child.Cabrales said while she attended school in a low-income area, community members frequently got involved with the students to encourage them to try constructive activities.

Cabrales chose an elective class that involved video editing and felt a spark. When it came time for college, she sought to quench the thirst for filmmaking.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and animation from art institute of california before setting her sights on heading east. Cabrales settled in NEPA with a group of friends who also were interested in breaking into the film industry.

“you have new jersey, new york city, philadelphia, all just a drive or bus ride away,” cabrales said. “atlanta, you can take a plane. Scranton has great opportunities around it, you just have to take that initiative for yourself.”

She enrolled at marywood university for her master’s degree in communication arts and completed several internships, including one with troma entertainment, a film company in new york city headed by lloyd kaufman, an independent horror actor and filmmaker.Area cabrales

Each week, cabrales rode a bus to the big apple to attend the internship. She worked with filmmakers on set and learned the ropes of movie-making and editing. A few hours later, she would get back on the bus and return home. She admits it was a long trek, but it provided her with valuable insight on making films.

Cabrales also worked on a freelance project with an outdoor TV show for discovery. To date, the show has garnered three million views and 17,000 subscribers on youtube.

“it’s something that didn’t happen overnight, but to log in one day and see that, you feel that accomplishment,” she said. “people are enjoying something you helped create.”

During her time in the area, cabrales has gotten to know it better and discover all it has to offer. She knew she wanted to be a filmmaker, and upon realizing she didn’t have go to a bigger city, scranton films was born.

Cabrales just wrapped production on the company’s first feature film, “nick and ophelia.” now in post-production, the love story is set to be released this summer.Area cabrales cabrales worked with local actors and many local businesses, and kaufman made a cameo. Her friend and frequent collaborator julian santos wrote the script. Some of the equipment was donated and she didn’t pay any money to secure shoot locations, instead asking business owners if they would allow her and her team to film in their locations. In the film, the area won’t be disguised as another location, cabrales added.

“you’re going to know it’s here and you’ll recognize the places,” she said. “that was important to me to keep that. You want people to see the area.”

Collaboration makes up a large part of cabrales’s work. She feels she does her best work with others, and relishes that the area brims with creative promise. She hopes to continue expanding her network of contacts and eventually look for investors for future projects.

“if you want something, you have to go for it,” she said. “you can ask for help, too.Area cabrales if you are passionate and you stay focused on what you want, it all comes back to you.”