Who we are 

And some notable awards

There's a saying that goes...

You don't have to be the smartest in the room, just make sure you hire them. 

Well here at CutFocus, we happen to be pretty smart our selves! We also put together the most talented crews to make your production come to life! Here's three of our CutFocus warriors! 

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Carlos Torres

DIRECTOR | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Carlos Torres is a Director & DOP. Carlos is also the  owner of CutFocus. In college, he made the purposeful choice of majoring in Communication with a minor in Digital Film. His mindset is if you can be a great communicator, you can be a great leader. If you’re a great leader, it can contribute to being a strong Director. That role as a director began in 2017 after CutFocus was contracted to develop three pilot episodes for Sunday to Sunday. Two seasons later in 2020, Carlos won his first Emmy from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as the Director for the series; and a year later, won a second Regional Emmy as an editor for a mental health PSA.His extensive abilities in editing, photography, writing, and audio engineering makes him into the director he is today. 

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Jake Slonecker

CAMERA OP| GIMBAL OP | DOP

Jake Slonecker is a director of photography, gimbal operator, and Camera operator. He also Co-founded CutFocus. Winning an Emmy in 2019 as Cinematographer/Steadicam Operator for an episode of Sunday to Sunday has elevated Jake’s storytelling and narrative work. Every client has a vision. Each frame is part of a scene which is part of a story. Jake brings together lighting, composition, framing, and impact – to bring your story to life.

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Karen Torres

DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

Karen Torres works as a professional actor in the SF Bay Area and LA. You can find her on national commercials and on HBO Max in her debut film as a supporting actor this November 2022. Her skills in writing fused with her experience as an actor found a new home in the creative world as a Director. As of 2020, Karen has been nominated twice for a Regional Emmy Award as a Director. After Directing her first short film "XIETY" she landed the role as Co-Director for Sunday to Sunday's Feature Documentary "On the Journey" which has aired on tv throughout the U.S & Canada. Since then, she hasn't looked back and has continued to direct and produce content for our clients. She's also accumulated over 10 awards as a Director & Actor. 

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Notable Awards

2021 Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY Award for  XIETY: ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) Mental Health Awareness 

Editor- Content

Editor: Carlos Torres

2020 Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY Award for Interview/Discussion-Program Special - “Sunday to Sunday: Father Chris Walsh"

Director Carlos Torres 

Camera Op | Gimbal Op: Jake Slonecker

 

2022 Silver Telly Award Winner in Health and Wellness  

My Life During Topical Steroid Withdrawal (CutFocus)

Director & DOP: Carlos Torres

Co-Director: Karen Torres

1st AC: Jake Slonecker

 

2021 Silver Telly Award Winner in Health and Wellness 
XIETY: ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) Mental Health Awareness

Director: Carlos Torres

Co-Director & Actress: Karen Torres

Camera Op | Gimbal Op: Jake Slonecker

2019 Gabriel Award for Best Narrative TV Series and Storytelling
“Sunday to Sunday,” The Preaching Journey 

Director & Editor Carlos Torres

Camera Op | Gimbal Op: Jake Slonecker

 

2020 2nd Place Gabriel Award for Hot Topic: Human Dignity - English Television
Father Manuel De Jesus Rodriguez: Sunday to Sunday Series 

Director & Editor Carlos Torres

Camera Op | Gimbal Op: Jake Slonecker

Nominations

2022 Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY Nominationfor "My Life During Topical Steroid Withdrawal" CutFocus

Writer- Content: Carlos Torres

2022 Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY Nomination for "My Life During Topical Steroid Withdrawal" Health/Medical- News or Long Form Content

Director & Director of Photography: Carlos Torres

Co-Director & Assistant Editor: Karen Torres

1st AC: Jake Slonecker

2021 Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences EMMY Nomination XIETY: ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) Mental Health Awareness

Health/Medical- News or Short Form Content

Director & Sound Design: Carlos Torres

Co-Director & Actress: Karen Torres

Camera Op & Gimbal Op: Jake Slonecker

Since 2019, CutFocus has won 34 awards and has shown their work in over 40 film festivals.