If you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker, producer, director, or writer
Born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1984, Hugo earned a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University in 2006. While studying at Columbia, Hugo interned for production companies, worked on various movie sets and worked in script development.
After graduating from Columbia, Hugo co-founded The Group Entertainment, a talent management and film production company, with 3 other partners. The company represents 25 leading film, television and theatre actors, and produces 3-5 films per year.
After 6 years, Carly left the company with her producing partner Matt Parker to found Loveless, a production company.
Hugo produced the video for Beyoncé’s “Rocket,” Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground (2011), the documentary Hot Coffee (2011), which was awarded a Television Academy Honor from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and indie-hit Bachelorette (2012), starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson. Carly also produced Mother of George, a film that recently won Best Cinematography at Sundance. Carly is also currently in production on the film Everything is Copy, a documentary for HBO about the late writer Nora Ephron.
The first half of my 20s was spent just getting credits, and it was very important. In film, it’s very important that you understand how sets are run, how the casting process works.
Matt Parker, my producing partner, used to say that before he got into film he felt like it was the Wizard of Oz – like this is the amazing amazing thing, but once he got into it he realized… oh it’s just a lot of people doing a lot of work…
When I’m on set I want to be setting the food and taking care of the trash because I understand that like that’s how a movie gets made. I think having that appreciation for all of the little parts of the puzzle, getting into film and again like if it means taking an internship or taking a camera PA position if you wanna be a DP, just really understanding all of the ways that movies are made.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney
Audio by: Andreina Velazquez
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Isabel Castro