“Innocent Blood” is going to Cannes!

Congrats to the all the cast and crew of Innocent Blood (formerly Innocence Blood) a film I worked on a while back as key grip / dolly grip which is going to Cannes! It’s not an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival but it is screening as part of Le Marché du Film, the festival’s film market.

The film is being represented by Striped Entertainment and it will be screening this Friday at 11:30 AM at Main Building Palais-Stand Lérins S6, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Check it out!

Here’s the trailer:

End of an Era (or Adventures in Selling a Car for Scrap)

2006

Loaded With Film School Gear – July 13, 2006

On December 26, 2005 I purchased a 1989 Toyota Corolla DX wagon from my good friend and former San Diego roommate, Cami. I was attending film school at the time and I needed something a little roomier than my Mazda Miata to carry equipment for film school projects. I remember laughing inside a few times thinking about how I was loading $100,000+ worth of equipment into this little old car. It already had well over 200,000 miles on the clock and I honestly only needed and expected it to last me a year or so to get me through film school. In the end it completely surprised me by continuing to run and run and run and I just couldn’t justify getting rid of a perfectly good car. I ended up keeping it for 7 and a half years and in all that time the only time it had ever left me stranded was in 2010 when the original (!!) radiator finally sprang a leak.

That is until the morning of February 22, 2013 when the transmission suddenly failed while I was driving southbound on I-5 just before the Fourth Street exit. The old and faithful Corolla which had lasted me this long with a bare minimum of maintenance had finally had the catastrophic failure that would have me contemplating whether it had truly reached the end of the road.

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Stubborn Love music video rigging

I worked on this music video a couple of months ago and the video just dropped today:

I was the key grip on the second day of the two day shoot for this video. Dwight Stone was the key grip on the first day and I used his rigging gear to do the car rigs for the shots with the camera mounted on the outside of the car looking in:

Stubborn Love Camera Rig

 

“Desert Road Kill” blowing up on the festival circuit!

Desert Roadkill, a short I shot with Writer/Director Michael Carreño is blowing up on the festival circuit and getting a lot of attention!

So far we’ve gotten into:

Shockfest; Hollywood, CA (Nominated: Best Cinematographer Bryan Hong; Best Short; Shocker Award)
Mile High Horror Film Fest; Denver, CO
New York International Latino Film Festival; NYC
Scarlet Waters Film Festival; Austin, TX (Winner: Best Actor Alejandro Patino; Best Actress Jossara Jinaro)
San Antonio Horrific Film Fest; San Antonio, TX (Nominated: Best Short; Best Actor Alejandro Patino; Best Actress Jossara Jinaro)
Everybody Dies Film Festival; Brea, CA (Winner: Audience Choice Short)
L.A. Reel Film Fest; Los Angeles (Honorable Mention)
Nevermore Film Fest; Durham, NC
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival; San Diego, CA 
Riverside International Film Fest
; Riverside, CA (Honorable Mention)
Desert Rocks Film and Music Event; Victorville, CA
Late Night Horror Film Festival ; Whittier, CA

“Fairly Legal” 60′x20′ green screen rig

All credit for this 60′x20′ green screen rig goes to Key Grip Dwight Stone. He came up with the concept and design and led the execution of the thing. He drove the gradall… while flying the 60′x20′. The rest of us on the grip crew were really mostly only there to turn some wrenches and tie some knots.

I was told that this whole getup was for the intro sequence for the TV show “Fairly Legal” but I checked out the first few episodes of the new season and as it turns out, this show doesn’t have an intro sequence. : |

UPDATE: Season 2 Episode 4 has an intro sequence!!

Videos after the break:

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“Innocence Blood” car rigs

These are some of the car rigs I did as key grip on the feature film Innocence Blood. The hostess tray rig is by Modern Studio Equipment, rented from good old Wooden Nickel Lighting. Wooden Nickel also rents the Matthew’s hostess tray but I prefer Modern’s design for being quicker and easier to work with.

The suction cup and 5/8″ rigging was rented from Dwight Stone a.k.a. “GripNerd” and it’s mostly made up of stuff he got from Modern Studio Equipment. That name sound familiar? Yeah. They’re awesome.

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“Innocence Blood” temporary location lighting grid

“We need to shoot a million pages in the lead actor’s tiny apartment in three days!!”

Working in the low budget indie world this actually wasn’t the first time I’ve had to deal with a situation like this.

One potential solution to speed things up a big is to hang a temporary lighting grid. Put everything on dimmers. Actors can go everywhere. No light stands to worry about when you turn around. And if you do it right, everything comes down without leaving a trace behind. It’s not perfect — You might not be able to make super fine tweaks and definitely don’t try to look up… but hey you’re trying to move quick so you gotta make some sacrifices somewhere :)

This particular case was on the set of Sun Kim and D.J. Holloway’s SAG ultra-low budget feature Innocence Blood, a film on which I had the great pleasure of serving as key grip along with gaffer Mike Jones and DP Francisco Bulgarelli. And yeah, we were really shooting in the lead actor’s apartment!

Video after the jump.

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“Desert Roadkill” playing in Nevermore Film Festival!

 

Desert Roadkill Poster

Desert Roadkill, a short I shot with Writer/Director Michael Carreño is playing at the Nevermore Film Festival at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC on February 18th and 19th, 2012!

Hopefully this will be the first of many festivals for this fun little film! Congrats to all the cast and crew, especially to Al… this was really your baby.

“Desert Roadkill” will be playing as part of the “They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!” program of shorts on Saturday, February 18th at 4:20pm and on Sunday, February 19th at 12:10pm.