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Campus Cutie: Dave Cortez ’16

Name: Dave Cortez

Age: 21

Year: Junior

Major: Film Production

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

Affiliation: None

If you could plan your dream date, what would it be?

A deep tissue massage and the latest copy of American Cinematographer

Favorite movie?


What inspired you to start a career in film?

I’ve always loved photography. Film is pretty much the same, only terrible hours and a miniscule chance of success.

Favorite memory on set this year? 

I was working on short film in an alley in Santa Ana, where a nearby warehouse was hosting a boozed-up quinceanera. While I ran cable up and down the fire escape, a drunk teenager was splayed out over the stairs while his date gave him a blow job in time with the thumping mariachi music. They didn’t seem to mind when I tripped over them multiple times throughout the night. 

10 years from now, what would you like your life to look like?

Like it is now, but with a bigger budget.

A lot of people tell you that you look like James Franco, how does that make you feel?

Probably a lot like how Dave Franco feels.

What do you look for in a girl?

The most important thing to me is that she is passionate and driven. It’s also important that she’s easy to talk to and open to my bizarre schedule.

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