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 was hired by Los Angeles media firm, 24 Productions, to DP and shoot an internet commercial for Kisco Communities. It’s a bit out of the norm from my other projects, but one of my goals as a DP, is to take on as many different projects as possible in an effort to continue to learn and grow. Shot on Canon 7D and T2i(550D).
**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.
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!
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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.