Otto ScheurenOtto Scheuren was born in Caracas in 1976. Grew up in a family that lived and breathed cinema and television.

Still in university at that time, Otto got his first break at the Canal 57, producing and post-producing youth- and music-oriented TV shows. He was later hired by RCTV to produce and edit soccer related shows in honor of the 1998 FIFA World Cup Soccer in France. This opportunity got Otto well acquainted with Avid Media Composer and Advance 2D animation, and kicked off his career as an Editor.

Impressed by his talent, he was offered that very same year, the post of Freelance Senior Editor at the Promotions Department at Sony Entertainment Television, undeniably the most popular cable channel in Latin America at that time. This was certainly a notable feat, that is, to have achieved such stature in such a short course of time.

In 1999, when Cisneros Television Group bought over educational network, CLASE, it hired Otto as Creative Director for the entire On-Air Image Campaign to launch the network. As if his hands weren’t full enough, Otto took on the task of Freelance Editor at Warner working on trailers, music videos, station IDs and corporate videos.

In 2002, CLASE moved to Miami, where Otto was awarded the position of Chief Creative Producer for Cisneros TV Group, developing projects for HTV, Infinito, Fashion TV and Playboy Latin America.

A year later, he started his own production company, Mandinga Productions, which was hired by Warner with Otto as Producer/Editor for their new show “Inside The Music”, an original production, which won itself accolades from the Latin American audience.

In 2003, Otto was handpicked by Motion Graphics & Editorial studio, MAkinÉ Studios, in Los Angeles to be their in-house editor and since then, he has won the confidence of many clients and is responsible for a number of TV advertising campaigns. Some brands include Denny’s, H&R Block, Wells Fargo, Taco Bell, KIA, Toyota, Bimbo, Blue Cross of California, Qwest Communications, McDonald’s and Jeep amongst others. Promax/BDA garnered Otto with numerous awards in 2004 for his work with MAkinÉ on Sí TV’s On-Air Image Campaign. Also he’s won several Telly’s and Davies Awards for campaigns for Time Warner Cable and Toyota.

Working on longer formats, Otto collaborated in short films such as “Day Shift” (2005) directed by Diego Velasco, “Crossing Number” by Abel González (2007), “La Nochebuena de Paco y Manolo” (2008) by Alex Furth, “She is the one” (2008) by Luis Hueck. He also directed “Rosas de Color Rosa” (2007) starring Fanny Véliz. Also he edited the Music Videos: “Estelar” (2007) from Capitán Melao with Natalia Lafourcade, “Angel y Demonio”(2008) with Carina Ricco, “Choroní” (2009) Sr.Méndez with Palenke Soultribe.

In October 2010, the first feature film he edited premiered in Venezuela. ”The Zero Hour” directed by Diego Velasco went on to win in the Best Editing category at the Merida Film Festival 2010. The next year, Otto also received the “Roman Chalbaud Film Award ” for Best Editor at a ceremony held by the Standing Committee on Education and Culture of the Libertador Council (Caracas). The film also broke box office records that year and ranked among the most successful films in the history of Venezuelan cinema.

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