Sunday, December 19, 2010

FADING BORDERS


The last month has been super busy.  Now I’m involved in this huge project called FADING BORDERS.



We were doing the preproduction of it, organizing everything and checking every single detail because it is complicated due to the places where we are going through.

We started this project because of them (Mathieu and Patricio) and they show us their dream; now we are driving the same dream.

This is our story:

            Mathieu de Genot and Patricio Aguirre have one dream: to go back home. To go back to Quito, Ecuador.

They want to make a trip to the south of the continent and rediscover its essence.

No better way to do it than to drive.

A trip of this magnitude involves a three-month journey through the entire continent, discovering the process of change through 10 different countries.

What better way to do it that with a car whose legacy is timeless?
Since Mathieu was a child, he has seen Mercedes as the standard for the best car. His childhood dream was for his first car to be a Mercedes. After three years of searching, he finally achieved it and now, together with Patricio, they have both decided to accomplish their adult dream:
To drive their childhood dream car back home.

This trip is going to take them through indescribable scenarios, unforgettable places that link this continent together. There was no other choice for us as filmmakers than to follow them in this trip and capture this dream as it unfolds.

We'll go explore with them the link between New York and Quito and discover the life that unifies this continent as a whole.


The director of this amazing project is Nicolás Cuellar, an astounding director and editor, full of energy and creativity. 
The Producer is Marina Nacamuli, a very hard worker that is handling with this complicated project; press kit, press release, business plan… she is doing a brilliant job.
I’m Director of Photography and first camera unit.

If you want to know the rest of the crew, please click here.


This is a beautiful story. Let’s make this happen, follow us and support us; spread  the word.


10 different countries, one dream.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pretty Delicious




Working for Pretty Delicious. This lovely food TVshow where everything is possible… there are no limits… everything that you can imagine about food… WE HAVE IT… and it’s pretty delicious.
The host of this amazing adventure is Candice Kumai.
 In her own words
 Her mission is to help all of us ‘get real with our foods again’.
Through farm to table initiatives and going back to the soil, an understanding of where our food comes helps us all take better care of ourselves.
Pretty Delicious is a fun (and stylish!) call to action, teaching you how to nurture yourself and your family with recipes that get back to basics of cooking, just as Grandma did!
Candice studied at Le Cordon Bleu, California School of Culinary Arts, cooked on the line at Roys and VIP Events at the Ritz-Carlton- Laguna Niguel.
She was a favorite to entertain and feed celebs in the Hamptons and Hollywood Hills and has sliced and diced alongside Wolfgang Puck for Wolfgang Puck Cookware at HSN.
She’s worked as a TV Host and Culinary Guest Expert at HSN, TLC, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, Extra, CBS Early Show.
She has been featured in People Magazine, Teen Vogue, Life and Style Magazine, 944 Magazine, the Boston Herald, Variety and Riviera Magazine.

For more on Candice’s Press and info about the show, click here


















Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Now Forager



During 6 weeks we shot, Now Forager. In words of the director


Now, Forager is a feature-length narrative currently being shot on HD around the New York City area.

The story follows a husband and wife who earn a meager living by hunting wild mushrooms. During the warm months, Lucien and Regina gather a diverse bounty of edible fungi from area woodlands and then go door-to-door selling them to upscale restaurants. When winter comes, and mushrooms go into dormancy, the couple must find temporary work as kitchen laborers to make ends meet. They constantly struggle to get by, dependent on variables of rainfall and temperature--living without the protection of any safety net.

We're collaborating with local chefs, restaurants, and wild foods experts (including members of the New York Mycological Society) to create a movie that pays realistic tribute to "the back of the house"--people who work in kitchens and those who work bringing food to the table for others.

The story takes place over the course of a year so that the audience experiences how the changes of season can have dramatic impacts on the lives of people whose livelihoods largely depend on forces outside their control. A prolonged summer drought or an early autumn frost can cost a forager a significant portion of a year's earnings.

One of Now, Forager's greatest production values comes from the exceptional beauty of diverse mushroom species growing in the wild--from the delicate but deadly Destroying Angel (Amanita bisporigera) to the glowingly edible Chicken-of-the-Woods (Laetiporus sulphureous) to the elusive spring morel (Morchella esculenta). 


That was about the story. I  had the opportunity to work with an amazing crew. Every single one was professional and we respect each other. It was hard but worth it. Long days working in so many different kitchens… However we had a lot of fun.

Thank’s to Julia and Jason (directors) to trust me and to help me when I needed it, I want to see more people like them, serious and professional, non rush, non stop. Thanks to John Nastasi (DP) because he is an amazing person and excellent professional that listened to me when I had some stupid things to say :P. I learned a lot working with him.  I don’t want to be boring writing more names but I can say, thanks to all of you that worked in this movie… you are amazing guys. I hope we can see each other very soon… working or having beers… who knows?


Upstate NY, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Stated Island, New Jersey… so many and different places that I can’t remember all of them.


The movie, I promise, it’s going to be beautiful; the story it’s amazing. Be aware to check it on the theaters or just check it on the website.







  

Monday, December 6, 2010

A collection

 














I know I didn’t write in the last… 3 months almost.

A lot of things were coming on.

I’ve been part of a project called “A collection”, a theater play. I was shooting from the beginning, the rehearsals, meetings, discussions, fights… but everything ended up very professional. The 4 performances that they had around NYC, were completely different and I was funny to be able to see the evolution of this play. Now I can say that I know all the characters.

The Director of the play is editing the footage so we will see a cut very soon.

By now we can see some of the pictures. These are from the las performance.

The play was Directed by Ambra Tonini. Directed by Marina Nacamuli

Check it out.
Great experience, great team

 If you want to watch more click on the link below.