Hernando Bansuelo was born in 1984, in Pasadena, California. Hernando came from a restrictive household that didn’t have much interest in the arts. His father was a seaman and his mother a nurse. They divorced when he was still in grade school and he later relocated to New York City. An only child, he was an avid reader who devoured books and magazines and found solace at the movies where he would see multiple pictures for the price of one. He decided to become a writer after seeing “Come Back, Little Sheba” when he was 9 and has never looked back. A restless student, he often cut class for the movies; he also studied photography and journalism and took summer courses at USC and NYU. He attended university at UCLA, where he developed his storytelling skills. He studied Theater and obsessed over the storytellers he admired: Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola. There, he staged work by some of the world’s best dramatists: Sam Shepard, Neil LaBute, and William Shakespeare. During his three-year stint (he graduated as a Junior), he also wrote several student films, plays, and interned like mad. After graduation, he headed back East. His first industry job was as a Production Assistant on Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center.”
Hernando has made several short films, commercials and music videos. A voracious writer, he also has several projects in development. He is currently a 2010 Writer Fellow in Film Independent’s Project:Involve.