The Rolling Stones

No ano de 2016 fiz um trabalho fantástico para os Rolling Stones.

Foi um documentário onde eu fui o assistente de direção.

A direção ficou a cargo de Paul Dugdale, um dos maiores diretores de documentários musicais do mundo. A fotografia ficou a cargo de Jonas Mortensen.

Veja abaixo o Trailer.

 

Azeite Gallo – Dia dos Namorados

Tive o prazer de dirigir um trabalho muito bacana para o dia dos namorados.
Foi uma campanha criada pelo Azeite Gallo em parceria com o restaurante Paris 6.

A produtora Dream Box Studio quem me contratou para dirigir esse projeto criado pela agência RIOT.

A campanha foi tão bem sucedida que em apenas 3 dias já ultrapassamos mais de um milhão e meio de visualizações, 12 mil Likes e 900 shares.

Segue o vídeo abaixo para a apreciação de todos.
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World War Z – Promo Videos Released

Em 2012 fui o coordenador de produção de um projeto muito bacana. Foi uma série de vídeos que fizemos para promover o filme WORLD WAR Z estrelado por Brad Pitt.
Foi uma super produção com mais de 40 profissionais, 30 figurantes, efeitos especiais como explosão, chuva, fumaça, stunts, cenas feitas de um helicóptero, próteses humanas de dentes sendo arrancados, braços sendo quebrados, enfim uma parafernália de coisas, pessoas, locações, pós produção e logística.

7 Visions Of Amen

Nesse mês de agosto fui para a Colômbia filmar um projeto chamado “7 Visiones del Amen”, para a Solid Brothers Films de Carlos Osorio.

Trata-se de um concerto para dois pianos de autoria de Olivier Messiaen. Um Francês que compôs essa obra em 1943. Apesar de ser uma obra muito antiga, a música é totalmente moderna e complexa. Olivier Messiaen era também ornitólogo e por isso, suas obras tem a influência do canto dos pássaros e remetem não só a sonoridade mas também às cores, que na visão de Messiaen, os termos tonal, modal ou serial são comodidades analíticas enganosas. Para ele somente existem músicas com cores ou música sem cores.

“7 Visiones del Amen” fala das 7 visões diferentes que a palavra Amém carrega. Como o título já sugere, “As visões do Amén” desdobram a temática espiritual contida na voz “amém”. Se remetemos ao primeiro campo de significação, “Amén” ou literalmente “assim seja”, é a voz que se usa no final de uma oração e que manifesta um vivo desejo para que se tenha efeito o que foi dito. Messiaen dividiu a obra nas seguintes faixas musicais: Amém da criação, Amém das estrelas e do planeta de Anel, Amém da agonia de Jesus, Amém do Desejo, Amém dos Anjos e dos Pássaros, Amém do Juízo, e Amém da Consumação.

O concerto conta com a performance de BdB Duo, com as pianistas Maria Jose Barandiaran e Maria Jose de Bustos. O grupo de dança é da Compania del Cuerpo de Indias (El Colégio Del Cuerpo) e a coreografia é de Alvaro Restrepo e Maria France Delieuvin. Direção de Carlos Osório, produção de Solid Brothers Films. Direção de Fotografia de Justin Talley, Juan Pablo Puentes e Rafael Puentes. Eu fiz a produção e a pós produção.



Producing Black Sabbath

Creative director Ryan Bosworth hired me as 1st AD and Producer of his promo video Black Sabbath.
We shot this video in 2 days using the Arri Alexa.

The slideshow below shows some behind the scenes of this great project.
All pictures taken by Daniel Lupo.
Thanks for watching

Struck – Book Trailer

I am very proud of this work I did with Ryan and Jennifer Bosworth.

It is a book trailer for the book by Jennifer Bosworth called Struck. It tells the story of this girl that has the power of lighting and has to save the life of her loved ones.

We shot with the Red camera in a period of 3 days in 3 locations. We had a crew of 19 people and 6 talents. The last day we had around 30 extras and we had to build a gigantic white tent.

It was a lot of fun and the result speaks for itself.
Please go to the official website for more information about the book and the author.

Ryan Bosworth creative director

I was fortunate enough to work with the amazing director Ryan Bosworth in 2 great projects as first AD. Ryan is a commercial director that sometimes works on post, and sometimes works for Pistolera (a post production house based in Santa Monica). He has done tons of work in the commercial advertising business and now he is devoting some of his free time to side projects. Because of his background, Ryan is very good with visuals and he can be very organized when it comes down to what he wants to see in the picture.

The first project was called Followers. It is a thriller short film where an internet group is doing some very creepy on line services. We scheduled to shoot in 2 days an 11 page script. We had a very concise and thought out story board and amazing cast.

The whole crew/casting was Jack Brungardt as 2nd AD and sound, one gaffer, one best boy and 4 actors. On the first day we had a company move, with a total of 7 sets. The second day we didn’t have a company move, but we had 5 sets. We got everything we need and wrapped early on both days.

I watched a pre cut of this short film and looks and feels incredible. The story is catchy, the visuals are strong, the acting is spot on, and the scoring is powerful. We shot this project with a hacked GH2.

The second project was a little bit more audacious. We had a more experienced camera crew, we used the RED camera, we had a 1 ton grip truck, we had impressive casting, and we had harder camera set ups. For the second project Ryan hired 2 producers to take care of locations, insurance, craft/catering, and contracts. The crew also had a competent Make up person called David Charles, and also a wardrobe department lead by Terra Brody and Jackie Fanara. The DP was Tristan Whitman, and he brought his crew mattes Iggy, Hillary, Igor, and Tally. We also had help of Jessica Brody who was doing the behind the scenes and Oscar Arvizu as AC.

Both projects were written by Jennifer Bosworth, Ryan’s wife. The second project was called Struck and it was a trailer for the upcoming book of the same name that Jeniffer is releasing at the end of 2011. This trailer will serve for two purposes: One is selling the book and another is selling the film idea to studios that are already interested in buying the rights of the book.

I used scenechronize on line service to manage the schedule on both projects.

As soon as I know more about the book and trailer release I will post something here.

Lost Soul

My friend Nathaniel Nose called me one day asking if I could be a grip for the production company he was working for. Well, I am not the grip type, but I needed an extra cash so I decided to go to the interview in his office. At the interview I realize that they were in need of a production team as well. So I ended up getting hired as 1st AD. I brought my friend ML Wills and Jack Brungardt to work with me. ML was the 2nd AD for 2 days and Jack was the 2nd 2nd.We had a production manager called Jaydine Valencia and we also had a producer called Cyril O’Reily.

The production office was located in west Hollywood inside of a building complex. The owner of this company is called Dana Schroeder and he is also the owner of the building. He is a very nice guy who is starting his career in filmmaking. He has a lot of gear that helped us in the making of this picture. The film is called Lost Soul and stars Dave Vescio, Nick Mancuso and Zadran Wali. It is a psychological thriller where Dave’s character Donald is searching for love using dark magic.  I was hired to do the additional photography for the film that was shot in 2009.

The dp was Pierre Chemaly. We worked together a couple of times before. I also brought Amor Sanchez as the costume designer and Kevin O’Farrell as sound guy. My friend Felipe Borges also helped us one day as an actor. He is my buddy from Brazil and we worked in a lot of projects together.

We shot everything is 4 days at the production office. The last day we had a company move to Hollywood Hills in a Mansion overlooking Los Angeles. It was really cool that night, because the place was amazing, we had a lot of extras, there were a fire going to warm everybody, we had implied nudity in one of the takes, and we got everything we needed, and we wrapped early.

At the production office the hardest part was working with cats. We had to do a couple of scenes with cats jumping the camera, running down the corridor, and being held by the actor. The good part was that the building was filled with cats. I mean, there were at least 20 cats laying around the building. The bad part was getting these cats. We had to come up with a strategy where we had a holding area for the cats, and we would lock all the exits where the cats could leave from. This way the cats had always one path going one way. At the end of the path, we would have a couple of PA to get the cats back and bring to the holding area. Even with this strategy, we had a very hard time dealing with the animals. My suggestion to anyone is to hire a professional animal handler because it will avoid  being scratched all over your body.

Hacienda Heights

This summer of 2011 I worked as first AD for a TV pilot called Hacienda Heights, directed by Desmond Gumbs and produced by Sam Sapp.

This TV show will be picked up by a distributor and for that reason I can’t tell a lot about the details of the show. What I can say is that we had major challenges during the shoot due to very hard to solve production logistics. Even with these problems, we managed to finish everything with the resources we had.

In the beginning of the show, I was working with Jorday Paley as 2nd AD. We worked pretty well the first week, but then on the second week he had to go for another gig that he had scheduled before signing with us. So after he left, I worked by myself with the producer and 3 PAs. The PAs did an amazing job at everything that they had to do. We were overloaded with managing a crew of 30 people and getting all the pieces together for the shoot. After 12 days of shooting and 8 days of office work, we finished 52 pages of material.

For this gig I had the pleasure to work with a very talented set of actors (which I am not allowed yet to reveal names) and an awesome crew. I also had the satisfaction to shoot at the LA river with a helicopter camera, drive expensive 300K cars, act in one of the scenes, and travel to Malibu to shoot a scene on a mansion overlooking the ocean.

I am hopeful that the show will be signed and we will be working more. When I get more information about the show, I will definitely post here.

Forever Yours

During the month of June I did two projects as first AD. The first one was for a company based on New York. They hired me to arrange the schedule and  budget before start of production.  After this project, I was hired again to work for a friend. His film is called Forever Yours.

My friend Parlav Chaudhary invited me to work on his project. It was a short film with students from the New York Film Academy. We shot this film in one day at an amazing location in Reseda. When I say amazing I don’t mean that it was a fancy mansion or something like that. The place was almost like a farm house in the middle of the city.

I always get to the location 30 minutes to one hour before call time just because I am the First AD, and usually I work a lot. So when I got there, there was at least 15 dogs inside of the location. I entered the place and I thought: “okay, cool. All these dogs are going to mess the shoot. Awesome!” I thought of that because at first the house seemed pretty small for that amount of dogs, but I started to find my way to the back of the house and I was amazed by how big that place was. The house in the front was big enough to keep all the dogs inside, then the backyard, where  we set up the stage area and the shooting location, was triple the size of the front house.

Two things that were unbelievable in the backyard: first an artist called Alex Atman, lived there in a cabin kind of house where his atelier, his jawbreaking 3d metal artwork, were exposed to everyone to see. This guy was also pretty cool with us, because he let us use his place for the actors change clothes, and he pretty much cleaned the only bathroom before everyone started using it. The second unbelievable part of the backyard was the animals. There was at least 4 hogs there in the backyard. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. They were the most cute thing I could ever imagine seeing on a set. People have the tendency to think that hogs and pigs are filthy, disgusting animals, and they are kind of filthy and disgusting. But at the same time they are very funny and cute. The noises they make, they way they walk, and how sneaky they are.

There was a moment that one of the hogs were getting close to the craft table to eat what was in the trash can, and I had to scare him off. The hog literally complained with me making noises similar to a man growling. And then slowly he backed away. Everybody laughed at that scene.

The shoot went fine. We were using the RED Camera with a set of very beautiful PL prime lenses as the first camera and we had a rigged 7D as well as the second. The DP was Sanket Dolas and he is one of the most talented DPs I had the pleasure to work lately. We had a crew that were very efficient and everybody was really laid back. I mean, there was no people bitching about anything, and no complains. Even with a 19 hours shoot day. It took us 19 hours to start and wrap the whole thing. By the fact that it was only one day, the overall mood of the crew was good even with the long hours.

I took some pictures of this day and also the still photographer Fred Tapia gave me some frames. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

First AD – Credit Fred Tapia
Forever Yours Behind the Scene – Credit Fred Tapia
REd Camera Forever Yours – Credit Fred Tapia
1st AD
Mario First AD – Credit Fred Tapia
7D
Second camera 7D – Credit Fred Tapia
RED
Shooting with the RED – Credit Fred Tapia
Forever Yours Crew
Forever Yours Crew – Credit Fred Tapia
Parlav and Mario – Credit Fred Tapia
Forever Yours 1st AD

 

where people see a filthy pig, I see a beautiful animal that I don't like to eat.