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Upcoming Project: “The Moment”

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Hi Friends! Please watch the short video below to learn more about the next film project I’m working on with writer/director, Drew Mayer-Oakes. “The Moment” stars Sundance Film Festival alum, Carolyn King and Latin American television and film star, Plutarco Haza, and is being produced by the super-sexy Ralph Lopez. I’m definitely excited to be shooting this one and being apart of an amazing production team! If you’d like to be involved in the project, please consider a small donation at the Indiegogo link here.

Learn more about supporting this magical new romantic short film from the producer of “Wolf” and “Katrina’s Son”. Visit our crowd funding page at

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The Wall Street Journal: Livestrong Foundation


On Friday, March 1st it was just another usual day at the office, editing projects, checking and replying to emails, until I get a call from New York City. On the other end is someone claiming to be from The Wall Street Journal.  My first thought, great another telemarketing call, but after a couple minutes I could tell this was going to be different. “Hey Rod, this is **** for WSJ,Wall-Street-Journal-logo you were referred to us, we’ve seen your work online and  like your style, are you available to shoot an interview piece for us?”  After of a few seconds of silence, I was able to move my mouth again, “Of course I’d be interested!”  We chatted over schedule, format, and details for the next few minutes and ended the call knowing I should be expecting an email with all the details.  At that time I still didn’t know who or what I was shooting, just to be in Austin Monday morning.

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Ready Revolution feat. Devyn DeLoera “Don’t Forget About Me” Music Video

San Antonio based band, Ready Revolution and NBC The Voice Finalist, Devyn DeLoera, contacted us wanting to create a music video for their debut single, “Don’t Forget About Me”. We wanted to create something cinematic and fun. So we developed a story of Zombie’s taking over a live music venue and we follow the band trying to escape certain death. This was one of our biggest shoots to date, with over 40 cast members, 3 locations and a 10hr. shooting window. The small size of the Canon 5D Mark III allowed us to move along quickly and light enough to be lifted off the ground with an Octocopter..

Please check out the behind the scenes video shot and edited by Stephen Castro, below.

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Alyssa Bernal “Anything Could Happen” Music Video

I hope you enjoy Alyssa Bernal’s latest music video cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen”. Shot in and around downtown San Antonio over a 4hr time period.

Behind the Scenes video shot and edited by Stephen Castro of Miranda Studios.

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Alyssa Bernal “This Kiss” Music Video

We were asked by NIVEA USA to work with singer Alyssa Bernal to create a cover video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “This Kiss”. We had 72 hours to write, shoot, edit and upload this video with a budget of $150.00. Thanks to the help of (2) Canon 5D Mark III’s we were able to move quickly.

BEHIND THE SCENES shot & edited by Stephen Castro

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CNN – Halloween Pranks!

**Update 10/25/2012: This video was featured on the front page of

Just a little Halloween fun near the Alamo in San Antonio. Thank you to all the people we ran into and for being such good sports!! Won’t you come visit us in San Antonio. :)

Starring: Mando Guerrero, Alejandra Cavillo
Directed and Edited by: Rod Guajardo
Camera Operators: Ismael Cervantes, Arturo Castro

Shot on: (1) Canon 5DMIII, (1) Canon T2i, (1) Canon T3i
Edited with: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

Music: “Bonecrusher” by Chris Haigh
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Recent Project: Santikos Palladium IMAX Theatre

We were approached by the Texas based theatre chain, Santikos, to create a special cinema promo. This cinematic spot was shot in San Antonio, TX., over two nights. The approach was to show the theatre as a complete destination. Not only can you go there to watch the latest blockbuster, but also enjoy a good meal or sip on your favorite beverage with family or friends.  The video will be released soon, in the meantime, please check out the behind-the-scenes video and pics below!

Behind the Scenes pics by Rick “Rooster” Garza
Behind the Scenes pics (day 2) by Sam Hagadorn Jr.

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Recent Project: Senator Van de Putte

Along with my good friend, Richard Jemal, we had the wonderful opportunity to interview and shoot Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte.  It was a real pleasure to sit down and talk with her.  Just after a few minutes I could tell she was a true servant of the people.  Unfortunately we are not allowed to post the video, but I did want to share the frame grab above. -Rod

Gear: Canon 5D Mark III + Test Video + Q&A

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I received the new Canon 5D Mark III two days after it was launched.  I have had some time to play around with the new system and although not revolutionary like the 5DMII, it definately has some upgrades that are important to me.  I will be posting another blog post with my thoughts on the camera, however, in the meantime, below is a short outdoor test video I shot last week on the Texas/Mexico border.

I have received a few questions on the test video above and will start sharing my responses below.

Q. Very nicely done, I must say, did you use a glidetrack? What in camera “picture processing”settings did you use? -RuneL via
A.  I used a IndisliderMini (which I don’t recommend) for the first 2 shots.  In camera, I started with the Neutral Picture Style, modified with Stu’s recommended settings below:

Start with the Neutral Picture Style
Set Sharpness to zero—all the way to the left
Set Contrast all the way to the left
Set Saturation two notches to the left

Q.  Very nice.  did you do any post processing to sharpen the video?  -Jacques via
A.  I did add sharpening in post with Premiere Pro’s built-in “Sharpen” effect.  However, for each shot it differed, but I don’t believe I ever went above the 40 mark.

Q.  Great vid. Can you tell us what settings you used on your export from Premiere? Did you use the Vimeo HD preset? My exports from premiere into Vimeo never seem to be this sharp (I assume this is 1080p 24fps). Thanks!-Ben M. via
A.  Hi Ben, great question! Just so I don’t miss anything, I have taken a screenshot of my export settings and uploaded here for you:

Q.  Very Nice ! Did you used All-i or IBP codec ? -Matheus Oliveira via Vimeo
A.  Matheus, I used All-I for this. Thanks for watching!

Recent Project: San Antonio Riverwalk Lights 2011

Sharing some of the footage I took for a client. Have a great 2011 Holiday!

Production Assistant: Lucero Salinas

Technical Specifications:
Shot on: Canon T2i/550D
Lens: Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 24-70mm 2.8
Dolly: IndiSLIDERmini
Graded: MBL Colorista II


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

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

PORSCHE “My Daily Magic” Film Contest Entry

**update 9/13/2011 – My finalist video has been completed and voting has started, CLICK HERE to check it out!

**update 8/12/2011 – I was notified on August 5th, 2011 that I am 1 of 10 finalists!  Phase 2 of the contest kicks off this week, first with a trip to Birmingham, Alabama to attend Porsche Sport Driving School, then come home to shoot my finalist video with a provided Porsche.  Excited!

“Oasis” – A man and his camera step out of the hustle and bustle of the city and find peace and beauty in the outdoors.

The Challenge: Create a 60 second video, under 50MB, focused on expressing the central idea of “everyday magic”.  Click here for more details and rules.

My family and I spend a lot of time in the outdoors and find it very magical, so it seemed only fitting to shoot at our favorite camping spot.  Shot entirely at Guadalupe River State Park, just minutes outside San Antonio, TX.

Contest sponsored by Porsche Cars North America and ReelzChannel.

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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

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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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, 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 “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

Testing: T2i with Magic Lantern Firmware

I recently installed the Magic Lantern Firmware for my Canon T2i/550D and was interested in seeing how the Zoom H1 and Audio Technica ATR-3350 would perform. I don’t mind recording externally and sync’ing in post, however for run and gun stuff I wanted to test if the recording the sound to straight the camera would be permissible. Continue reading

Current Project: Arthur Woo “It’s All Good”

Arthur Woos’ “It’s All Good” music video has wrapped in San Francisco and I am now back home in San Antonio for post production.  Shot on (1) Canon T2i/550D, using available lighting, with Canon 50mm f1.4 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.  To be edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and colored graded with MBL and Colorista II.  Video to be released early March 2011.