Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chopping and Chopping

I've been going through the professor stuff in the last weeks or so. When I put together all of his material, it came out to be almost 2hrs.  The professor I had so much information, that I wanted to keep everything. I know that's not going to happen! I have been going through different drafts and cutting out info that I don't need. It's been crazy for met to cut-down because there is so much detail information. Not only is their is so much information, I have to follow a timeline of events that leads to the past to present time.

The timeline is very important because it all ties in with my doc, as far as why we're in the US. As mentioned before, I am throwing an educational part to my doc. Its a must and I hope it works out. In my opinion it ties in why I went to different cities and why the salvi community is in search for their own identity and being part of today's American culture.

This past week, I made some progress and cut down the professors conversation to 45 minutes. That's not bad... compare to like almost 2hrs.  The 45 minute version was clean and it got to the point without effecting the timeline that I want to input in the doc.  I believe I was working the professors interview for the last eight days straight. I just wanted to get it done for two reason:

ONE:  I need to give my artist  sound bites of the professors conversation. My artist will be making some artwork that will go along with the professors conversations. In other words, the artwork will be cutaways to the professors interview.  I think it will make the professors section very interesting.  So whenever an event is being talked about, a piece of artwork will be shown! I'm just trying to get creative with this project.

TWO: I have the urge to finally put the whole Doc together. Yup, that's right. The feature begins!

That's it for now

the filmmaker

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Last Interview

Oh I am getting close... yes it feels good.  I haven't written anything for awhile. After I finished FenomeDon's section, I took a little break. I am really trying to pace myself and no burn myself out.  I still have time to finish....

I am not sure if I mentioned it or not, but my deadline to finish is in August. My goal is to make the Sundance deadline in August. I guess I am officially announcing that today.

Therefore, as I said I am pacing myself.  So what I have been doing the last month or so is I ended-up shooting a music video for Conflikto Armado.  The song featured my boy Santos and another up-and-coming artist El Graphiko.  We shot the whole video in the city, mostly by the Mission District.  We recruited some lovely ladies for Videos.  I have to say they are very lovely! Everything came out cool. As we speak, it is posted on youtube - just check out Amore video from Conflikto Armado. The Conflikto is cool, he is on the move and has something good going.  The man gots some skills! They plan to do big things with video... Hopefully!

After that I got back on track with my edit. It was a good breather.  Now I am in the process of going through the professor's footage. Last week I also locked down with a sound designer for my flick.  My boy Justin is a wiz for sound.  I call him "Dr. J" sometimes because he just does surgery on his sound work. Its amazing!  We spoke for awhile and met. And next thing you know we just clicked.

Even though I took a little break, I am always thinking about my project.  Now I am in the process of possibly getting some artwork for my doc.  I am still working out details and playing with the idea.  So I am holding off for now as far as explaining my idea.  But once I know, you will know.

Well that's it for now. I wanted to check-in and say wassup!

The Filmmaker