Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sundance Film Festival

Yesterday was a big day for me. I finally sent out my doc to Sundance.  I'm really happy that I made the regular admission deadline. That was a huge weight off my shoulders. Originally, I was trying to make the early deadline, but that was not possible. There was too much work to do. What matters is that my film was mailed out on time!

This is going to sound funny, but I never thought I would make it this far. As you know already, I've been through a lot with this project and to be at this point is a big accomplishment. It really feels good! I don't think I had the opportunity to just relax and just soak everything in until now.

Yesterday, I was pretty much scrambling around to make sure I had a DVD.   It took me awhile to figure out how to put my movie on DVD, but I was able to work it out. Thank god! Once everything was done I checked my DVD and I actually watched it on my television set. To be honest that was a weird feeling... but in a good way.  Just to be able to watch my film on TV was actually kinda cool. It looked like a real movie! To see my film at this point was very interesting. It seemed like yesterday I was just going to my first Salvadoran Day festival in Los Angeles (the place where my Documentary was born).

I went to a coffee shop afterwards to fill out the admission form on-line. Once I was done with that, I ran to a close by post office. I had to hurry because they were going to close soon.  

I know Sundance is going to be hard to get into... I already know that! But I never want to say that I missed an opportunity. I feel like I did my part as far as making my film and mailing it out. That's all I can do to make something happen for myself. It's way better then not trying at all. I always shoot for the stars! This is all part of the process.  I can say that I've gone through it... I've worked hard and I have paid my dues!  I will always feel good about that. I know it is going to be a long wait until I get a response from Sundance, but I am not going to stress about it. If I don't get in, I still believe I have a good movie. Plus their are other major film festivals out there. Hopefully, one of them will give me a chance.  And If I do get in ... then I will take it from there.  But I don't want to get too ahead of myself. 

So now... all I will be doing is mailing out my film to other film festivals.

Wish me Luck!

Junior Gonzalez
The Filmmaker

Monday, August 20, 2012

Getting it Done!

I just got done with all my subtitles. Doing subtitles was no joke! The good thing is that my movie was probably 30% in Spanish. So it took me a couple of weeks to go through the whole movie. What took long is that I had to place the translations in their proper place and I have to make sure one is able to read it long enough as it appears on screen. It's all timing.

But what was more challenging was translating the lyrics from the rappers. That was interesting! There was so much meaning and metaphors that I had to really think about how to say it properly in English.  I kept playing every song over and over till I had it right.  I had to make sure the translations sounded correctly because sometimes when you're translating Spanish to English ...  it does not sound as effective or meaningful. Therefore, I had to get creative and capture the essence of what these rappers were saying. All in all I got it done!

Working on my doc mostly every night on my train ride after work from SF to SJ
Next time I am hiring someone to do the translations and subtitles. That's when I have a budget! Some day I will! No it will happen!

I made my film 16x9, that way it feels like a film. I added all the effects to certain video clips. It literally took all day yesterday for everything to render. RENDERING SUCKS! I hope someday final cut changes that part of the software! The system takes to long for something to render.  I hate to wait... but that's part of t he process! Once it was done rendering, I watched the movie again and this time around I was really feeling the film!
Well that mean I am done! The final final final step is putting it on DVD. Hopefully that process shouldn't be too difficult. I guess I will let you know.
But I am done!!!! It feels weird!!!

I still have time to make that SUNDANCE film festival deadline! I am crossing my fingers!

Junior Gonzalez
The filmmaker

Monday, August 13, 2012

"It Sounds Like a Movie"

That is exactly what my sound guy told me when he called me, "It sounds like a movie."
I was very happy to hear those words! Its been a long wait and the sound is done.

I rushed to his place to hear it and I was good! We had some minor changes as we were both revising the sound but the sound came out good.

The sound definitely had that raw feel. The sound had a distinct sound as if everyone was talking on a microphone ... like if there was a venue and they were talking to a crowd.  What it added was the feel of a hip-hop artist on stage.  That is the feeling that I got since my doc deals with the Salvi underground hip-hop.  So I loved it.  I loved his creativity and direction that he took.

This is where all the sound cables  begin

Now I can say I'm on my last lap with this process. I am sure that I have been saying that recently, but I am smelling the finish line.

Sometimes I just want to just take a break ... but I know I can't because I have to make the Sundance Film Festival deadline.

Like I said before I still have to finish up with my credits and subtitles.

I am doing it!