COLLAGE

In this post there are a series of various collages inspired on distinct themes and each one with a unique emphasis.

Le me know what you think. Thanks.

 

“What we are made of?”
Inspiration: YouTube, everyday life.
Emphasis: Color
Feb 2010.

“Deep Balance”
Inspiration: Sid, the science kid-PBS.
Emphasis: Lines
March 2010

“Nothing News”
Inspiration: CNN.
Emphasis: Texture
March 2010

“Looking to the future”
Inspiration: Waste Land – Brazilian Documentary 2010.
Emphasis: Position/Shape/Contrast
April 2010

“Crazy lines”
Inspiration: Shutter Island.
Emphasis: Mass
April 2010

“Mask”
Inspiration: Eyes wide shut.
Emphasis: Harmony
May 2010

“Los Mighty”
Inspiration: LACC.
Emphasis: Proportion
May 2010

“Tasty Blood”
Inspiration: Top Chef – Bravo.
Emphasis: Variation
April 2010

“A little of everything”
Inspiration: Works of 2010.
Emphasis: Perspective and movement
May 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND FILMMAKING


I want to wish a Merry Christmas full of joy, love, and fun.
God bless all my family and friends.
My fiance is here with me and we are enjoying the first Christmas together. We had dinner last night and I gave her and my roommates Christmas cards where I told them in a funny and caring way, how important they are in my life. My father called me later at night and I could talk to him and wish him also a Merry Christmas. This morning I called my best friend and we spoke for 20 minutes. Life is beautiful if you have friends, the most valuable thing.
As far as filmmaking, well, I can’t complain. I am directing my first feature film and the result is better than the expected.

First part of the film almost done

We are taking 5 days off and we will start production back again this Sunday, December 20. Ron Quigley (dir./e.p./lead) had to travel. His brother with cancer unfortunately past away. We were about to wrap our second week shooting, and the bad news came. Ron tried to hold on and keep going. This is a lot to handle. The best thing for him to do was visit his family, spend some time away, recharge batteries, and come back renewed.

The good part is that the production is on schedule, footage looks amazing, performances are believable, crew is getting along pretty well, workflow is  in shape. I’m pretty confident that Ron is happy with the work that everybody is doing. As for me, I am really happy with my work too. I am feeling more confident about the work that I do. I can manage the crew better now than I ever managed before. We are always getting good results. Best of all, I am making new friends.

Everybody is amazing. I don’t want to leave anyone behind, but as far as I remember there are in the

– camera/grip department John, Pat, Mark, Tra, Bobby
– make up Deonna,
– Art department with Stacy and Adam,
– production with Edward, Suzana, Rich, Felipe Costa, Coco,
– stills by Maria, and Kevin
– catering by Chris,
– audio by Kevin,
– cinematography by Peter Lugo,
– and direction by Ron.

stills in this post by Kevin.

Everybody is doing an amazing job. There is an excitement every time we call action. I hope this excitement will follow us wherever we go.
I hope that Ron’s brother is resting in peace now. I dedicate my work in his name. May God bless his soul.

Start of production and engagment

Tomorrow we will start the film. The guys had already being there today for a test shoot and pre light the set. I was not able to go because I had to get done with a bunch of school work. I had even a test of one of the best classes I ever took: grip. Good thing is that I nailed the test. I am getting my school done and I am ready for the film.

We are going to start tomorrow from 7 am to 7 pm. It’s a lot of work but we are getting more people to work with us. Today I met a guy that wants to take some still photography of the film. That’s great. I hope he can join us.

There is also one more thing that I would like to mention.
I am an engaged man. I will marry my princess. She didn’t know that I planned to propose to her on thanksgiving. I prepared everything for when the moment would come. I even taped the whole thing with a hidden camera. It was awesome. I was very nervous and stressed out. My neck was killing me since I decided to take this step. It was about one month ago. I called her parents and they were happy with the news. We will figure our plans after I am done with the film and she is done with her finals at school. Now the world is opening to a new perspective. New adventures. New challenges.

I pray that God will bless the end of 2009.
Amem.

Thanksgiving nightmare

Today I was supposed to travel to Atlanta to visit my sister, my brother in law, nephew, and my lovely girl, and guess what??? I missed the flight. Now I have to be on stand by for the next one that leaves 8 hours later of my initial flight. I am so stressed with this that I decided to write about it. This vacation to me represents a lot of really important things in my life. I will have to set my mind in order to start the feature, finish my school work, and give a step forward towards my relationship with my girl.
I think that I am expecting so much from this trip that I forgot to focus on simple tasks like be on time. This morning I woke up late and instead of getting myself ready, I looked over the internet to find good deals on cameras that I wont buy for now. I mean I was checking if the HPX500, that uses interchangeable lenses with a bayonet mount, works fine with a prime cannon lenses with the same mount. I was doing all of this with no reason because I wont buy an HPX specially because they start at a list price of 10 thousand dollars. The lenses goes for at least 2 thousand dollars more. That is actually a very neat subject, but what the hell was I doing if I had to take a flight in 3 hours from that time.
I left my house one hour and a half before the flight. The train was departing when I hit the station and that made me lost 15 more minutes. I got to the station where I was supposed to get into another train and I decided to get a cab that cost me 40 bucks. I went to the Airtran counter and there was nobody there, I tried to pass the security with my bags and they did not allowed me to. I tried another way and finally I passed the security. My flight was for 12:55 and I got at the gate at 12:54. The attendant told me that the plane had already gone. I was actually not devastated because you reap what you sow.
Now I am back home and I still have a plane to catch but this time I wont be late.

My first Feature film as a Co-Director

I am going to co-direct my first feature film. Just sign the contract today.
I am in a hurry now to make it possible because there are a lot of things to do. I am going to share the direction of the film with the executive producer/lead actor Ron Quigley. By the fact that he is the lead and he is in 80 per cent of the film, he needs someone to direct the film while he is acting. I got his contact through a great friend of mine and the dp that I work almost every time Peter Lugo.
My job is pretty much go over all the aspects of the film, like directing actors, cinematography, schedule, break down, and management. It will be challenging and worthwhile.
At the beginning of this year I told to myself that I wanted to make a short film and then I wanted to make a feature. Well everything you wanted is possible if you persist and work hard. I could not see myself directing a feature because after finishing the short film I was so tired and so broke that I could not believe that a feature would be possible. Well last thing I know is that I was talking to this guy and making this project part of my life.
As soon as possible I will post more information about the project.
Like I said before, I’m in a hurry.

POSITIVE – A Test of life

I am working on my first 20 minutes short film.
There are many challenges in order to make this film a reality.
Location is hard to find when you don’t have money and crew. I need to count on other people’s help and it is just not that easy.
Thank God I do have some good people helping me. My right hand man is FELIPE COSTA. He is one of the most talented and responsible person I’ve ever met. Coco Cook also is a great professional and she really knows how to handle everything I ask her.

This Thursday night I have my first shooting scheduled. It’s going to be the nightmare sequence, where the main actress Veronika is going to dialogue with herself. That’s crazy huh!!! My teacher will help us to make it happen. He is the best cinematographer I meet in my whole life. I will have the pleasure to work with him. His name is Charles Haine.

Tomorrow I have my first meeting with my main casting. We are going to discuss relationship, objectives, background story, and so on. It is important to discuss the schedule also.

Tonight i will call my crew and let them know that we are going to be ready to go.
I pray for God to bless this project.