Monday, August 31, 2009

Street Scene video coming soon..


, originally uploaded by Filmm.

It's been a couple of days since our weekend of filming Street Scene. It was hot, sweaty, loud and awesome. We were covering the festival for Citybeat, so for the first time ever, we got sweet all access passes to the festival. That meant backstage, photo pit, lounge tent-everything. It was very cool-we got to hang out by the stage and watch Public Enemy perform, see Devandra Barnhart wander around backstage before his set, and watch Jack White and the Dead Weather members walk somberly up the stage to start their set (he's totally balding btw). There was also a cool lounge tent that had free drinks and snacks that we were able to rest at in between interviews and filming.

It wasn't all easygoing fun though. Filming band performances and running around to the various stages from the dead heat of 2pm to 12 midnight is exhausting. Both nights we ended up at home at 2am, eating mexican food and passing out. But it was totally fun and an awesome experience. We finished editing the video last night at 1am, so we'll post it here tomorrow. We'll talk a little more about our experience tomorrow.

SDFF..One Month to Go

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So we are officially less than a month away from the 2009 San Diego Film Festival. I'm not sure if we're going to go this year since our September is looking pretty swamped, but I'm curious to see how the Festival will play out.

As we've mentioned before, a lot of festivals have toned down their excesses over the past couple of years as our economy slid into the gutter. And I think SDFF is no exception. They've drastically cut down the price of passes. The basic all access pass last year was like $150 or something, and now it's only $99. And they're not even listing the VIP pass price anymore on their website. Every other year SDFF has advertised their VIP pass at $300/ea. Yeah, it was a pretty steep price, but it includes no waiting in line at any movies, or parties, with access to their open bars and complimentary services like salon visits etc. So it's actually a pretty cool pass. I was sneaky enough to finagle two VIP passes in 08 for only $150 bucks through craigslist (the best place to hunt for discounted SDFF passes) and we definitely got our money's worth in free drinks. And now the SDFF VIP pass is only available by contacting for the price.hhhmm. Well I hope that the Festival hasn't suffered too much and its enjoyable for those who attend.

Anyways, it is LATE-we've just finished editing our Street Scene footage which we'll post tomorrow along with pics et.It was a super fun (and exhausting) event, so we can't wait to share our experiences with you. So right now I'm going to take a shower, climb into bed and try to forget that I have to be up in 6 hours to go to work. Ciao for now!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Street Scene 2009

This weekend we are covering Street-Scene for Citybeat. We are definitely looking forward to covering the event and checking out some of the artist. Will have some footage posted as soon as possible.
Check out this video from last years Street Scene.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Its been a long night editing...

but we are almost finished....anyway we stumbled upon this listing for the Davinci Film Festival....check it out...
There seems to be a lot of different types of film festivals these days but this one looks pretty good...according to their mission statement: "The mission of the da Vinci Film Festival is to create a regional venue for true independent film by and for all ages. The festival's primary objective is to encourage independent filmmakers to emulate Leonardo da Vinci's creative spirit and energy with the use of new techniques and innovation in the filmmaking process."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Tuesday...

Last night I had a chance to see It Might Get Loud in a pre-screening. The synopsis on the film's web site - " It Might Get Loud tells the
personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos – The Edge
(U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each
developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and
invented. Concentrating on the artist’s musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations,
provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness
intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The movie revolves around a day when
Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories,
teach and play." I enjoyed and related to the personal and artistic struggles each guitarist described in the film. And found that the interviews were informative and the visuals and musical selections in the film were very interesting. It Might Get Loud is one of the best music documentaries I have seen.
Another film we have been waiting for is The Road.

Monday, August 24, 2009

8 Bit Monday....

We are currently looking for inspiration to produce a music video and stumbled upon this on the music spotlight section on youtube...kind of reminds me of the White Stripes video Fell in love with a girl but with Hipsters... check this out:

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Its a beautiful Sunday in San Diego...

and we are stuck in doors editing some wedding footage. Its ok, we are finishing that up today and focusing on some other projects that we really want to do..(music video, short film...etc). But anyway its been a decent weekend. We saw Inglourious Basterds last night and throughly enjoyed it. We will post a proper review this week...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sundance Film Festival

Accepting film submissions this week is the 26th Annual SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. Sundance is widely recognized as a premier showcase for American and international independent film.

Each year, the Sundance Film Festival unveils a dynamic, cutting-edge program of dramatic and documentary features, and a selection of international shorts, launching films and filmmakers into the international spotlight. Sundance has introduced audiences to some of the most ground-breaking work from the past two decades, including SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE; MARIA FULL OF GRACE; HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH; AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH; TROUBLE THE WATER; and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, among many other genre-smashing, game-changing titles.

What's more, the filmmakers behind the films find a welcoming home and a devoted family at Sundance. Dedicated to discovering, promoting, and developing emerging talent, the Festival has helped to launch the careers of numerous successful independent filmmakers including Steven Soderbergh, Allison Anders, Quentin Tarantino, Tamara Jenkins, Robert Rodriguez, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Bryan Singer, the Coen Brothers, Kevin Smith, Catherine Hardwicke, Kimberly Peirce, Todd Solondz, Nicole Holofcener, Chris Eyre, Marc Forster, Nancy Savoca, and Lisa Cholodenko. And the list of stunning alumni grows each and every year.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Madness...

Checkout our latest video for Citybeat.

Anyway we are wrapping editing on the wedding and are preparing for a Citybeat shoot tomorrow. Monday we are going to a screening of It Might Get Loud. We will post a review afterwards.

Monday, August 17, 2009

You be the judge

night is back again at the Pearl Hotel in Pt.Loma. According to the San Diego Film Festivals web site the "You Be the Judge Night is an exciting opportunity for the San Diego community to participate in selecting which films will be screened during the annual San Diego Film Festival September 23 - 27, 2009. Audience members will have a chance to judge short films and their written feedback will be used by the festival staff in determining which films will make the final cut for the fest this fall." If you didn't make it last time, this is a great opportunity to see some of the films and to help shape what is screened in the festival.
For those of you haven't seen the Legion trailer yet...but don't get me wrong, I love the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic genre but I am not sure what I think about this....checkout the trailer below.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

District 9

was the #1 movie this weekend....and yes I went to go see it. First I have to say, that whenever I see that a film has a "presented by" (fill in famous director name)....I am a bit skeptical. However, this time around I was wrong and didn't regret shelling out 9 bucks (with student discount) to see a movie. Don't worry, I wont talk about too many specifics to prevent ruining it for you...But... District 9 presents a different approach on sci-fi genre, and was entertaining from beginning till the end because it presented a balance of popcorn movie special effects and story. Yes, it was a bit preachy at times, but you lose track of that and just focus on the story, the characters, and the great special effects...go see it now.

Also, here is the original short film from Neill Blomkamp, which the movie District 9 is based off of.

So tonight we have been editing the footage from the Midnight Madness shoot. We will have it posted by Tuesday. Have a great night.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

We will be bringing a light...

to help illuminate our next project for Citybeat. Late tonight, we will be filming the Midnight Madness Fun Bike Ride. We are going to be using two cameras for the shoot. 1 handheld dv cam on a bike, and the xh-a1 to capture the large establishing shots. We are going to be picking up a clamp to lock the dv cam to a bike and a small soft box for our video light.Photobucket Should be a fun shoot.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul

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As most of you know, music legend and creator of the standard in electric guitars, Les Paul died today in New York at the age of 94. Les died of complications from pneumonia. There's been so much said about him that I don't have much to add, except that without him rock & roll wouldn't be what it is today. Aside from the electric guitar, Les also came up with multitrack recording, which allowed artists to record different instruments at different times. This website gives a list of all the famous artist who've played Les Paul Guitars through thr years and its pretty amazing. Here's a cool video where Les Paul introduces an estatic crowd to his invention the Les Pulverizer. Enjoy

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vimeo

Ok, so we have said it before but we are definitely going to be making the switch to Vimeo in the near future...check out the video quality below in this cool short called Cart.

Cart - The Film from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Anyway, we spent the evening editing a video for the San Diego Music Foundation. We should have it posted soon. Have a great night.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New video

Hey everyone, here is our North Park Music Thing video we produced for Citybeat.

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It's 12:30 am and we've just finished editing a project..we're really tired and grumpy, and have resorted to throwing water bottles at each other to stay awake. Anyways the video we've been editing is the North Park Music Thing festival. It was actually a very cool event, with some interesting panels and lots of great San Diego music acts. We tried to model the structure of the video off your typical music festival documentary. We also tried our shotgun mike for the first time in a crowded setting, and were very well pleased with the results. In light of the 40 year anniversary of Woodstock, here's some footage of the best music festival of all time Woodstock. Sorry for the short post. We're pretty delirious right now. Talk tomorrow!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

North Park Music Thing

If you are in San Diego this weekend, you definitely should be checking out the North Park Music Thing. The music festival is in full swing until tomorrow night. Clubs and music venues across San Diego are showcasing tons of up and coming bands and various industry expert panels are showcased in this event. We are filming two videos for the San Diego Music Foundation and for SD Citybeat. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Hughes RIP

John Hughes, died today. He was a prolific filmmaker in the 1980s, directing several films such as 16 Candles, the Breakfast Club, and Home Alone during his peak. He will be missed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

He's back....

Moore's film is set to be released on October 2 and will explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown. Should be interesting...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Basterds....

Happy Sunday Evening!!! Yeah we know...it sucks knowing that tomorrow is Monday morning.....anyway here is a segment of Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds script provided by Vanity Fair...The writing looks really good and has made us a lot more excited to see it. Click on the pics below to expand. Enjoy!