Thoughts from Home

DigiCine

People usually cringe at the sound of the word. As if they had just seen a shin bone snap in half.  So, why try? Why put in the effort?

Personally, I say why not? Life itself is full of emotional and physical struggles anyway. However, we can learn from these struggles and grow. Ultimately, This is what I wish for my classmates. To learn and grow.

There isn’t any shame in being weak, the shame is in staying weak. ~ Fuegoleon Vermillion

A Door Closes

Production was obviously rocky from the start. Everyone knows this. Re-conditioning is always hard in any situation. In my opinion, the production meeting on the 27th was great. I feel like this class is starting to take shape. There are a few more details that need to be ironed out for this production specifically however I am curious how this product will turn out. I look forward to the full video.

 

Sneak peak

a sneak peak of one of my frames for the 24 frames project. Can you guess the plot?

MOVIE MAGIC: Getting the Rust Off

We’ve been working on the short film “A Door Closes” for about two weeks and honestly so far the work we have managed to do looks pretty great. At first, the crew was still coming back from the holidays which made us a bit slow but after some discussion about what our ambitions and desires are for our crew, we have kicked ourselves into gear. Our director Stalin Santiago is doing a very good job of managing his production with me as his assistant director. The crew is excited to work and passionate about storytelling and it shows in the results. We were able to incorporate a massive ring light into the production that gave a really nice flooded orange color to the room while also keeping the correct f/stop. I have enjoyed working with our DP and fellow colleagues in brainstorming solutions that all make the film better.

We had actors come in and show off some really great emotion and chemistry in what is a very intimate and emotional scene. Direction from Stalin helped the actors feel more comfortable in their environment and were able to give us some pretty great scenes. We have shot our most complicated shot for this unit crew, we have our close-ups and then we move on to the second unit to shoot outdoors. I absolutely love being in production mode, I find it relieves a lot of stress and gives me a real sense of purpose being a dependable teammate to my crew. I don’t mind the responsibility of managing at all, in fact, it makes me feel more immersed in the story we are telling. Excited to see how this one turns out!

Let’s make some Movie Magic 🙂

Working on a Script You Wrote

4381 Productions is working on a short that I wrote the script for, making this my first experience with producing anything I have personally written. It is exciting and scary, as the collaborative process entails adapting the story and negotiating methods of telling the story. I have enjoyed every minute of the process so far, and I look forward to the rest of it. I cannot wait to see what the finished product looks like.

It is always scary putting your work out into the world, but the only way to get better at what you love to do is by, well, doing it!

Overworked, under slept, and wanting more.

Even in the second week of classes, Digicinne is already spending the majority of our day in the studio and dedicating our time to film. Even after the first day of class, I was scheduled to work on a personal model shoot, here are some photos (will post more on this shoot later)

 

It’s been gradual but it’s nice to finally get back into the groove of things. The first day I felt as though our scene needed some work, but from a lack of communication from my part, the result ended up being an image I wasn’t too proud of. I was starting to get frustrated and felt as though the scene was going nowhere. Thankfully after an insightful talk with David Rubio, the crew caught a second wind and we were able to create a far more appealing scene.

New setup (Getting closer)

A good portion of us decided to stay a bit after to rework the scene. We decided to ditch the flat image and work on more of an overhead/BIV. Ditching the window also allowed us to work with the 1k so we have a lot more versatility than the 2k light. Here’s the scene’s look and it’s light metering

Not yet color corrected and not the final wide birds-eye view we’ve settled on, but very close. we’ve since removed the shadow on the lamp, balanced out those pillars on the wall, lit the floor to create more of a window effect, and furnished the room.

 

Are our setups finished? No definitely not, but is it substantially better? Absolutely, I’m happy we were able to work out solutions together, reintroduce the ring light to create the beautiful fill light, and get this angle with more dimentionality.

 

Before we started to work as a unit I was anxious to get this scene over with and work on the next project, I became something I never wanted to be in the film industry, complacent. However, after getting inspired by my teammate’s unwillingness to compromise,  I’m now looking forward to our production on A Door Closes. But for now, I’ll be working remotely in Dallas and relaxing with my brother after this stressful week.

See you soon guys!

lighting

This is a nice quote I came across when reading about mise-en-scene. Lighting is something that has become more important to me over the past few months as a photographer and cinematographer. An adventure seems like the perfect word to describe the journey and great number of skills I have learned while exploring lighting. I hope y’all enjoy this quote as well:)

It’s about the music…

and those who know me know that it’s the lyrics that matter more to me. Still, music and words together can be magic. I’m writing this because of the death of David Olney. He passed away while playing at a music festival. He said “I’m sorry” and put his head to his chest and died.

The thing of it all is that I only have one David Olney album and it is incredible. It was given to me by Wrecks Bell, the Wrecks of Rex’s Blues by Townes Van Zandt. It was a kind gesture by Wrecks and I always wanted to catch David when he came to town. That is not going to happen in this lifetime.

A nice thing that happened was an artist at 4381 was looking for a story song and was striking out. I played him David Olney’s $20 Serenade and he nailed the project.

Wrecks and his wife spoke so glowingly of the songs of Mr. Olney. I also had intended to pick up more albums along the way.

Here is another thing about the thing, the musician next to Mr. Olney when he passed away was this incredible singer/songwriter named Scott Miller. Scott and I have known each other since he was in a band called the V-Roys back in the 90’s. We aren’t friends but not acquaintances, rather somewhere in between. I lost touch with Scott after my car wreck years ago. Is it really my wreck when I was the one hit? Isn’t it the drunk driver’s wreck and I’m merely collateral damage?

Anyway, it matters. The words. The music. The listening. The feeling. The understanding. The love. The hate. The pain. The Joy. The friendship. The kindness. All of it matters. I need to make some calls. I need to reconnect. I need to put on an album and listen start to finish. I need to sit in a bar and listen to a band.

The image below is an ancient house with a CAT5 Line.