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

Behind the Scenes: “Wild Sunday”

Ever wondered what it likes behind the scenes of an ultra low budget film?  Well, thanks to San Antonio photographer and video enthusiast, Richard Jemal, you can now take a quick peek inside.  He was there as we started shooting our entry into the 2010 San Antonio 48hr Film Experience.  Check out his footage below!

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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

Review: Calumet BP1500 Backpack

Click here to visit the Calumet website to view more details. I do not work for Calumet, I am just a happy BP1500 owner. :)

For additional information on the messenger bag, please visit Coyote Tactical’s website located HERE. Dave, the owner is an awesome guy and makes quality custom gear for Special Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.

White background created with the help of a queen sized white bed flat sheet and (2) ePhoto 1650 watt 6 bank fluorescent video light panels as reviewed on Cheesycam.com, click here. This was my first attempt and I learned a few things.

Current Project: Moby “The Day” Music Video

My submission into the Moby, Vimeo and Saatchi & Saatchi music video challenge. This is dedicated to all the fathers, husbands, son and brothers that have lost someone special….

A young mother suffering from a terminal illness finally succumbs to her pain and agony. Leaving behind a heartbroken father that is having difficulty moving on and their young, brave daughter. While reminding him how to live and love again, the young girl teaches her father how to welcome the future after a tragic loss. Continue reading

My Day with Philip Bloom

On March 22, 2011, I had the extraordinary opportunity to intern for London-based Director/DP/Editor, Philip Bloom.  Philip was a cameraman for Sky News for 17 years before going freelance.  He has worked with the likes of Star Wars creator, George Lucas, and is known worldwide as one of the pioneers of the DSLR camera revolution.  As a part of a 12 city U.S tour, Philip was going to be in Austin conducting a DSLR workshop with the founders of Canon Filmmakers Live, Jon Connor and Cristina Valdivieso.  I had to make sure I was 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

Review: Cowboy Studio Shoulder Rig Part 2

**6/23/2011 Update:  Part 3 with Zacuto EVF now posted!

Follow-up to my previous blog post, “Review: Cowboy Studio Shoulder Rig“.  This time showing a new piece to the shoulder rig, the Express.35.com “Rig X“. I am located in San Antonio, TX, if you are in the Central Texas area and would like a demo, just let me know!  Continue reading

Recent Project: Tension Speak “Choke”

I was hired by local San Antonio rock band Tension Speak to create a new music video for their upcoming CD release, “This War”. They choose the track “Choke” and after a brief meeting with the band, and listening to the inspiration for the song I came up with a storyline. The song is about the world caving down on you, with so much pressure you feel like you are getting choked out.  I know I can relate to this, and I believed others could as well.  We were to use 4 members of the band to show 4 different vices, including alcoholism, drug addiction, no money, and cheating wife.  The lead singer, Fred Silva was to play the role of the “Angel”, stopping the other person from doing damage to themself or to others.  Sounded great on paper, but could I pull this off??  This would be my second music video, and after the first one, I was confident, but staying humble.  I went home that night, thought about it some more, came up with a shot list and went to bed uneasy. 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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photos courtesy of Carol Epstein

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

Recent Project – My First Short Film “Unimaginable”

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This project was a first for the majority involved, especially the crew.  I had just come off releasing my first music video and was looking for a new project to work on.  I was browsing casting/crew calls on ShortFilmTexas.com and came across an ad for a short film looking for a Director of Photography in San Antonio.  Continue reading

Recent Project- .com Web Commercial

Final product starring Valerie Garza:

Hired by .com credit agency to create short multimedia intro for website homepage, as well as, create custom voice-over for telephone Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.  Also responsible for securing shooting location and booking the talent for this project. Continue reading

Recent Project: Josh Glenn “Vulnerable Minds” Music Video


 

Aug. 21, 2010 – Officially released!  Thank you for watching the debut music video for unsigned, San Antonio musician, Josh Glenn and first time director/editor, Rod Guajardo.

Update Nov. 16th, 2010 – Josh Glenn’s video “Vulnerable Minds” takes the best video award at the TMC Video Music Awards. Click here for the story with pics.

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