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!!!
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 →
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 →
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!
**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.
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!
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.
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 →
First off thanks to Caleb Pike and Phil Hoyt for turning me on to this idea and saving me hundreds of dollars! I was looking for an affordable solution and this sure did fit the bill.
For those unfamiliar with the product it’s basically a low cost, lightweight shoulder rig, and retails anywhere from $20.00 to $30.00 online. I have used other DSLR rigs, including the Red Rock Micro eyeSpy Standard, which sells for $826.50. However, I must say I greatly prefer the CBS solution. One of the biggest features I like about the CBS rig is that it can be completely hands free. While using the Red Rock Micro system, I often found myself needing to use both of my hands, which was simply impossible. With the CBS I can do just that. Ohhh..and did I mention how comfortable it is? It’s much lighter then anything else I have tried and put’s less strain on my back and shoulders, which allows me to go longer with less fatigue. Continue reading →
I was approached by the organizers of the local San Antonio Chapter of TEDx to create a short, 10-15 second video intro. The intro would be included on all of their videos and would play directly before the main content. They requested the video to showcase some of the people and places of San Antonio, however, not to focus on some of our major attractions like the Alamo and Riverwalk.
TED is huge and has members around the world; the videos that each chapter is putting out are getting millions of views. I thankfully accepted the job, and took a couple of days to come up with an idea. Next, I spent a few days around town capturing some footage, first the downtown area, also a local Air Force Air Show, and even a Dia De Los Muertos celebration being held at Hemisfair Park. After arriving home I quickly realized I got way too much footage to fit inside a 10 second intro. I had to figure out a way to show as much as I could in the short time allotted. Finally, I came up with the idea of, instead of showing one location at a time, how about 3? By cutting the viewing area into three seperate frames I could show 3 different shots at a time with a total of 9 shots, instead of just a few. I placed my shots in the timeline of Premiere Pro CS5, grabbed some music, “Laid Back Guitars”, thanks to Kevin MacLeod, and started editing it all together.
Below is the completed intro:
And here it is added to the a talk, this one featuring San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro.
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 →
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!
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!
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 →
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 →
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 →