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 igg.me/at/themomentfilm.
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
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 →
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!
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 →
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 →
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a timelapse for a while now. Last week I finally took the leap and ordered a knockoff intervalometer from ebay seller ADPLO. Shipping from Hong Kong took 7 days to reach Texas, and last night I was able to give it a test run. Continue reading →
The family and I took a little day trip down to Port Aransas, Texas for Memorial Day. We had a great time! Beautiful weather, warm water, and the kids really enjoyed being on the beach again. If you have never been to Port A, or haven’t been in a while, we definitely recommend it! Continue reading →