2012 Best Of San Antonio!

Humbled to be chosen in San Antonio Current’s Best of 2012, “Best Video Artist (Shorts)”. Thank you everyone for your awesome support! Also, a HUUUUGE thank you to my amazing production team, Ralph Lopez, Ismael Rodriguez Cervantes, Richard Jemal and Erik Seime! When Rosemary and I bought our first camera 2 years ago, we had no idea it would lead to any of this. Filmmaking has given us some wonderful opportunities that we are extremely grateful for. We have some amazing project’s coming up, please stay tuned!!!

WINNER! 2012 SA Neighborhood Film Project (Northside)

For the second year in a row, I competed in the San Antonio Neighborhood Film Project sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs and the San Antonio Film Commission.  The short film project is meant to “highlight the hidden and not-so-hidden treasures of San Antonio” and had it’s most entries to date, totaling 68 shorts from filmmakers across the city.  My entry last year, “Southtown Pedicab” won in the Southside, and this year we moved to the Northside with our romantic, under-dog, dancing tale, “Believe” starring HollyAnn Ovard and Richard Simkaitis.  For the second year in a row we were fortunate to take 1st place in our category!

Probably the most asked question I get about this film is how the idea came about.   Most of the time a reply jokingly, “watching dancing with the stars of course!”, and although I am laughing when I say it, it fact, it is mostly true.  My family and I have watched the show off and on for some time and I have always been impressed how the producers of the show would mix different styles of music with seemingly opposite styles of dancing.  So I had the idea of using dancers to showcase a neighborhood, but crap, I didn’t know anyone.  So I hoped on Google and started searching for San Antonio dance studios, found a few, but not quite what I was looking for.  With a few more clicks of the mouse I came across Ballroom Dance Academy.  After clicking through their website for a while I found exactly what I was looking for, a competitive dance duo made up of HollyAnn Ovard and Continue reading

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In The News: Reelz Channel – Hollywood Dallies

Porsche Cars North America has announced director Michael Koerbel the winner of the “My Daily Magic” contest for his film “It’s a Magical Life”. Narrowed down from hundreds of entries to just 10 semi-finalists, public voting for the final three commenced in September.

The objective of the contest was for each participant to create a 60-second film that featured their personal perspective and interpretation of “everyday magic” – a premise that is part of a larger “Engineered for Magic. Every day” Porsche campaign to challenge perceptions that sports cars should be reserved for Sunday drives or special occasion trips. Instead, Porsche seeks to highlight the thrill of high performance and everyday practicality are not unique in and of themselves but can be mutual.

This week I was fortunate to have my entry into the Porsche “My Daily Magic” Film Contest embedded on a number of automotive blogs.  Although our film “Sweet Dreams” did not take home the grand prize (congrats Mike!), I am extremely proud to have been chosen as a finalist and apart of a group of talented filmmakers, many, USC and NYU film school alumni.  When I purchased my first camera in late 2010 I used it primarily to capture images of my family, I never dreamed it would lead to all this.  As apart of the experience I was invited to race cars at Porsche’s very own exclusive racetrack, Barber Motorsports Park, in Alabama (pics).  Then we were flown out for the red carpet event in downtown Los Angeles for the premiere, click here for those pics.  2011 was a great year and it will be very hard to top all this.  Again, a huge thank you to all of our supporters and those that took the time to vote for us, I greatly appreciate it!

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Porsche.com
MotorTrend Magazine
CarScoop.com
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EuroCarBlog.com
0-60mag.com
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Recent Project: 2011 SA48hr Film Experience entry

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This past weekend we participated in the annual San Antonio 48hr Film Experience. For those unfamiliar with the event, basically you are given a genre and a location, then granted 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film which must be under 8 minutes in length. This was my second 48hr challenge I have been involved with, the first being last year, with “Wild Sunday”.    I was lucky enough to talk producer-extraordinaire Ralph Lopez, “Katrina’s Son” and “Lilia” fame, into working on our team.  His wealth of experience, knowledge and can do attitude were a god send.  He was able to take care of everything from catering, to additional gear, to getting me power into the cave with a generator and 500′ of cable.  Thanks again Ralph!  Over 20 teams participated and all entries were Continue reading

In The News: KENS5 Great Day SA Interview

I had the awesome opportunity to make a brief appearance on San Antonio morning talk show, Great Day SA on KENS5 to talk about our entry into the Porsche/Reelz Channel “My Daily Magic” film competition, “Sweet Dreams”. This was my first ever live television interview, and boy was I nervous. The producers, Ralph Garcia, Cassandra Lazenby, and Kinya Cano were extremely welcoming and after a short meeting with host Paul Mireles, we were set to go on after the fist commercial.  Check out the video above for the full interview.  Again, thank you for your support!

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PORSCHE “My Daily Magic” Film Contest Finals

I am 1 of 10 finalist in the Porsche/Reelz Channel “My Daily Magic” Film contest!  Over the last couple weeks I have been busy writing, shooting, directing and editing my 90 second submission.  Our entry, “Sweet Dreams” (above) was shot in 24 hours, all over San Antonio, with a Porsche provided Panamera S for 48 hrs. Continue reading

In the News: 2011 SA Film Festival

I was honored to have my first short that I filmed accepted and screened at the 2011 San Antonio Film Festival.  “Unimaginable“, written by Cedric T. Smith, is a 22 minute dramatic short story about domestic violence in a same sex relationship.  What was especially fulfilling was having a lot of the people that were involved having the chance to see it on the big screen in San Antonio.  It was my first time to a film festival and I must say San Antonio’s home-grown 11-day event was a very memorable experiece.  Films from all over the world were shown, from almost every genre available.  I have some projects in the works, hopefully we will be invited to come back next year.

Check out some of the press we got and pics from the event below!

San Antonio Express News         CONEXION         The Examiner      The CURRENT

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WINNER!! 2011 Short Shorts Film Festival


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My third music video premiered for the first time Saturday, June 4th at the 2011 Short Shorts Film Festival in San Antonio. I was fortunate to win the Critic’s Pick and Taylor James Johnson picked up the Audience Award. Thank you to the organizers, John Lambert and Brad Milne for giving us an outlet to display our work. Also, a big thank you to the judges, Dagoberto Patlan’, Pablo Veliz, Bryan Ortiz, and Nikki Young!

“It’s All Good” is a story of a young man who lost someone special and how he was able to overcome his sadness by leaning on his friends. Directed, shot and edited by San Antonio resident, Rod Guajardo over 3 days in San Francisco, CA., February 2011. Shot on a Canon T2i/550D, with no crew and using available lighting, with the Canon 50mm f1.4 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and Continue reading

In the News: Josh Glenn + DETAILS magazine

Check it out!  After the editors of DETAILS magazine randomly came across Josh Glenn’s Music Video, “Vulnerable Minds” on YouTube, they contacted him to use his song for a behind the scenes video for their May cover star, Mark Ruffalo.  Full story to come, congrats Josh!! 

Check out the video shot here in San Antonio, that started it all (see below). Also,CLICK HERE to read more about the shoot and check out BTS photos. Continue reading

WINNER! 2011 SA Neighborhood Film Project (Southside)

On Saturday, March 26th, 2011 the screening and awards were held for the San Antonio Neighborhood Film Project at the Guadalupe Theatre.  I was fortunate to win in the “Southside” category and took home a check for $3000 with my short doc, “Southtown Pedicab” starring Michael Urbano.  The short film project, managed by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and the Office of Cultural Affairs, is meant to “highlight the hidden and not-so-hidden treasures of San Antonio”.  Click here for full competition details and rules.

There were 4 neighborhoods for filmmakers to choose from and after some deliberating I went with the Southside.  Unfortunately, I did not know much about the area, and the extent of my visits to this part of town were visits to C4 Workspace on King William Street.  To get some inspiration Continue reading

mini-NorCal DSLR Meetup!

Tomorrow I will be hoping on a flight to San Francisco to shoot a music video for record label, Muted Digital.  While there I hope to have a chance to meetup with other fellow HDSLR shooters and enthusiasts.  After about 5 minutes of planning, local Bay Area resident, Michelle Brown of moshbrown.com, and I will be getting together this Friday, Jan. 14, 7pm at The Irish Bank bar and restaurant.  Anyone and everyone is invited to join us.  This will be a very casual meetup with no agenda or schedule, just kicking back talking about DSLR’s, gear, etc. over a couple drinks.  So if you are in the area, swing on by after work! (look for us on the patio) Continue reading

On the Air – Nadia Sahari Talk Radio

I was invited to be a guest on the Nadia Sahari Talk Radio Show which aired on Dec. 2nd, 2010.  We talked about family, how I got started shooting, San Antonio Filmmaking,  DSLR cameras and my upcoming short, Unimaginable. I had a great time and was honored to be on her show.  Thank you Nadia!

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WINNER! 4th Annual Texas Music Coalition Music Video Showcase – Best Video

On Tuesday Nov. 16th my music video, Josh Glenn, “Vulnerable Minds” was screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio during the 4th Annual TMC Music Video Showcase. Two audience awards were given away, Best Song and Best Video. The very talented singer/songwriter, Laura Marie won best song with “Love You Like Me” and we were lucky enough to win best video with “Vulnerable Minds“.

I have never thought of myself as a filmmaker, but more of a guy who dabbles in video production as an escape from my full-time job as an I.T. Systems Engineer, but last night when they called my name, “Filmmaker…Rod Guajardo, Best Video”, it sure felt good!  Along with a great certificate (above), prizes included a $50.00 check, one-year membership to TMC, a San Antonio Film Commission hat, and a Tenor ‘ukulele donated by the great people at Sam Ash Music.  Lucky for me, I am part Hawaiian and can play it!

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I’d really like to thank my friend Josh Glenn who believed in me and the vision, thank you for allowing me to work with you and I can’t wait to do it again!  Also big thanks to hosts Nikki Young, Jade Esteban Estrada, Lee Hurtado and everyone at Texas Music Coalition for hosting a truly wonderful event at Continue reading