Fist of Gold

I put together a video for a non profit organization based in Pomona California.
They provide kids with boxing classes and support for competition. Their work is amazing and the Head Coach/Director Jorge Castaneda and his right hand man Jerry are really cool and down to earth guys.

We shot one of the scene of the film Last Act in their gym and they helped us not only with the space but also with a lot of extras. The day we shot in their facility was definitely one of the best days of the production. The person in the production who helped us to get all this done, was the fantastic Coco Cook.

Please take a look at the video below.

Thank you

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

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 isĀ  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.

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.