Archive for the ‘Shorts’ Category

Empower – Master of the Three Rings Commercial

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Here is a commercial that I co-shot and edited for the local non-profit organization Soulciety. It is to promote their upcoming theater production, Empower – Master of the Three Rings.

I was brought on board with Bing Lim, who is producing the show and I didn’t know too much about the shoot, but it sounded a lot of fun to do. I was impressed by the high-level of wardrobe, make-up, hair and talent that each cast member had.

The commercial will air in the San Francisco Bay Area through Comcast on several channels. Be sure to support your local arts and community!

HOOP – Helping Overcome Obstacles Peru

Friday, August 31st, 2012

While traveling through Peru, I stumbled upon a volunteer organization in Arequipa. I had always been looking for opportunities to give back while using my skills. The enthusiastic staff happily invited me to document a day in the life of the volunteers at the Flora Tristan English School. These volunteers are doing awesome things for these children and their families who don’t have very much. It was humbling to see how much time and effort has already gone into the school and the all the projects they have lined up for the future.

If you ever find yourself traveling through Peru (say, on the way to Machu Picchu?), and have time to volunteer, take a look at www.HoopPeru.org and see what opportunities they have to offer you!

Wayra River Hostel – Arequipa, Peru

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Wayra River Hostal

Anyone who has spent some time traveling will tell you that the people you meet along the way is probably the biggest influence on the type of trip you have. We were fortunate enough to choose Wayra River Hostel during our stay in Arequipa and met Guillermo and Alejandra, very friendly and gracious hosts who helped make our time very rich and memorable.

After hearing about how business had been slow at the hostal, I thought they could use a short promotional video to help bring in more guests. Most of the footage I would use was existing already, so we just had to shoot a quick interview and I would edit a piece together for them.

Puerto Vallarta and the Festival of the Virgin Guadalupe

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Last year, we took a last-minute vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was a great chance to step away from the cutting room and strap on the old traveling shoes again, even if only for a short while. The days we left weren’t planned at all; lucky enough, our dates coincided with the final days of the Festival of the Virgin Guadalupe.

It’s a religious ceremony that happens every year in December. For twelve nights, there are huge processions through the city that end at the Church of the Virgin Guadalupe (the main church in Puerto Vallarta). It’s a huge event for the locals. The procession includes floats made by local businesses, dancers dressed as Aztec warriors, drummers, bands, and singers making their way down the street. Our favorite part of the festivities? Plenty of street food all-around! We seriously lucked out to be able to experience this local festival in it’s final days.

Here’s a short highlights video to give you a sense of the experience.

HoldOnto.org – “together we can help everybody keep family memories”

Monday, May 7th, 2012

I had been looking for an opportunity to “give back” in some way to the community utilizing my skills. Word got around and photographer Thai Chu approached me about a non-profit startup he was bringing together. When I heard about the objective of the organization, I was convinced to create a short video for it.

The mission of HoldOnto.org is to provide everybody with a chance to have family portraits, regardless of their socio-economic background. I hadn’t really thought about it before, this is something that can be all too easily taken for granted, especially this day in age when pocket smart phones are cranking out some serious megapixels and DSLRs are becoming more and more accessible. Still, there are those who don’t have access nor the means to acquire something that can be very enriching to their lives: the family portrait.

Thai enlisted the help of his close friends and supporters and threw a little BBQ at a local park. It was an event that had been all planned out; including the families that were to show up to have their pictures taken. Unfortunately, there was some kind of mixup and the invitation had not been sent. A near-disaster, but we lucked out when we realized there was a community holiday party happening around the corner. Thai is also a teacher and some of his volunteers were his students. He sent them out to spread the word that free family portraits and food were being offered. It didn’t take too long to start seeing families line up!

I was able to document each of the families getting their pictures taken by Thai and captured many smiles and precious moments. I think HoldOnto.org has a promising future and I’m glad to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community in a unique and relatable way.

Crash the Superbowl – The Final Bite

Monday, November 21st, 2011
the gorgeous Amelia in her debut performance!

the gorgeous Amelia in her debut performance!

Before you dive into the blog, you can watch our official entry right here: http://crashthesuperbowl.com/#/gallery?video=15185

I’ve been meaning to enter this contest for several years, and I’m happy to finally have an entry.

This was a collaborative project with my buddy and aspiring writer, Mike Hedrick. He’s been working on his craft and recently won 2nd place in Cyberspace Open hosted by CreativeScreenwriting.com. As busy as I was with other projects, he really pushed to have his idea produced!

The idea came to him when teasing his chihuahua, Molly, with a treat and saw how hilarious it was when her paws would stretch out to reach for it. He then recruited his buddy Daniel and his beautiful daughter Amelia.

As simple of a production as it seems, a lot of the execution relied on two unpredictable factors, both who happen to be the stars of our commercial: a baby and a chihuahua. Amelia (baby) was actually relatively easy to work with. All she needed was one nap in the afternoon and then she was ready to go (something we could all use some days). And, thanks to Sesame Street on the iPad, that was more than enough motivation for her to crawl away from her toys.

our humble cast and crew

our humble cast and crew

It was Molly that required a few motivators; a can of gravy to slather on a beef bone larger than her whole body, to get her to ‘eat’ it rather than run away from it. And attracting her to the Doritos chip required small pieces of freshly-cooked sausage hidden under the chip (in fact, post-production required a bit of ‘erasing’ of some props that helped us get our shots)!

Our production was pretty simple, but we knew the idea didn’t require anything extravagant. Amelia is super gorgeous and Molly is cute. Throw them into a ‘chase’, and we feel we’ve got a fun and memorable commercial!

If you like it, please feel free to share with your friends and family. We’re crossing our fingers for the finalist selection which will be revealed in January. And we’re particularly excited to be entered into this contest at the chance to work with the ridiculously-hilarious Lonely Island!

Finally, here’s a little behind-the-scenes/gag reel of the production.

Connect with my buddy Mike on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Star Wars Episode Zero – Fan Film Trailer

Friday, September 16th, 2011
Episode Zero VHS Cover.  Yes, VHS!

Episode Zero VHS Cover. Yes, VHS!

With today’s release of Star Wars on Blu-Ray, I thought it would be a proper time to revisit a project of mine that is very close to my heart: Star Wars Episode Zero.

During one winter break while I was still in college, my buddy showed me these lightsaber battles that people were making in their backyard. I was completely in awe of the effect; not so much the production or story. Once I learned how to create the lightsaber effect, the possibilities of what we could accomplish took a life of it’s own. It became a year-long labor of love, in which we explored every which way we could to push our fan film to the next level: custom wardrobe, fight choreography, epic locations, and of course… new lightsabers and lightsaber battles!

The next winter break I spent entirely in the “cave”. After finalizing every frame of the trailer, we locked the edit, and then it was time to get to the effects. There is an estimated 30 seconds of lightsaber footage in the film, and at 30 frames per second, that’s a total of 900 frames of rotoscoping! Not to mention a few scenes with multiple lightsabers and complex masking when lightsabers move behind people/objects.

the Jedi cast in their element!

the Jedi cast in their element!

As many times as I’ve watched this, it still brings back all the great memories we had creating it. I consider this project moviemaking at it’s purest; driven by a passion to create the Star Wars universe in all of it’s detail, researching, writing, building, shooting, editing to exhaustion, and not getting paid for it (in fact, our main expense was the fabric for the customized wardrobe)!

How do we make the lightsaber spin in someone’s hand? How do we push what’s possible with new lightsaber styles? How can I create the hologram effect? How do I composite a moon in the background of our Palace of Fine Arts shot? These are the some of the challenges we gave ourselves and tackled in the making of this fan film.

Next time, I’ll revisit the “Making Of” and “Outtakes” clip and share with you the experience of creating Episode Zero. For now, please enjoy…

Grenade – Bruno Mars cover – Legaci feat. Summer Breeze

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I’m happy to announce the launch of Legaci’s latest YouTube cover of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars feat. Summer Breeze! It’s been too long since the last video I’ve done for them, and this is the first one I’ve done since they were picked up to be Justin Bieber’s official background vocalists and go on tour with the teen pop monSTAR himself.

It’s been such a privilege to watch these guys from their humble beginnings doing gigs in high school to now touring the world, rightly exposing their vocal talent for their fans worldwide (and for the industry to take witness).

As you can imagine, their time at home is minimal (and precious), so I’m really glad we were able to collabo for their new cover. But what makes this video extra sweet is that we have all 5 members singing in this one (yeah JayMillz!) as well as Amiel aka “Summer Breeze” on the acoustic. Their rhythm and harmonies… smooooooth as ever. Just watch and enjoy:

See more Legaci covers and follow them at:
http://twitter.com/LegaciMusic
http://facebook.com/LegaciMusic
http://youtube.com/Legaci

See more of Summer Breeze at:
http://www.youtube.com/0summerbreeze0

Shout out to @RickyA and @David_Yanez for helping with the cam ops!

Clayton – SF Street Musician

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Today I brought out my new toy: Canon 60D. My cousin Ricky, aspiring photographer, came along so I could help him explore shooting HDSLR video with his Canon 5D Mark II. It was a great day to walk the streets of downtown San Francisco and grab a variety of shots while going through the multitude of settings available on our cameras.

But the best part of the day was looking for some undiscovered talent to pull off an impromptu 2-camera shoot. And we found what we were looking for as the escalator slowly took us up from the Powell BART platform to the exit: a small crowd, a strong, raspy voice and a hard-strummed guitar filling the air of the busy train station.

We were quick to setup our cameras. And here’s the result:

This guy was DOPE. And the two strings didn’t even occur to me until I got my close-up shots! Who needs six?!

For our first time shooting HDSLR video together, I think it worked out pretty well. We were both stoked for the footage we captured; we downloaded, transcoded, edited, and graded the footage the moment we got back home.

I was very impressed by the performance of the 60D. Loved, loved, LOVED that articulating LCD screen. Brought me back to my Canon GL1 days! And as far as matching footage with the 5D, I think it did an accurate job.

Looking forward to creating more shorts like these, finding new talent and capturing interesting stories to get some hours on the new gear!

Video Specs:
Shot on the Canon 60D w/ 17-55mm 2.8 IS and 5DMK2 w/ 24-70mm 2.8 L @ 1080p, 24fps, 1/200, f2.8, ISO 1600. Graded in FCP.

ING Direct Mobile App – Commercial Contest Entry for Poptent.net

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Commercial contests are fun because production is short and sweet. It’s been awhile since my last one, and my cousin Antonio has been itchin’ for a new production to work on ever since we did the SF 48 HFP. With our busy schedules, I knew a video contest could be accomplished in just a couple of days, so we started looking around.

We actually came across several different contests, but I thought shooting one for Poptent.net one would allow for the most creativity (plus, it seemed the most “legit” of the online video contests).

With commercials, one thing I noticed about the funniest or most entertaining ones usually have nothing to do with the actual product. The way they make it connect, is the tagline. So for this project, I started to brainstorm taglines first.

The objective is to make an advertisement for ING Direct’s mobile app. Here are some taglines I brainstormed:

“Stay up to speed.”
“No cash? Outta’ cash?”
“I shouldn’t have blown my money on…”
“Not all things were meant to be mobile.”

The last one struck a chord for both of us. We quickly began dreaming up images of people carrying refrigerators or washing machines on their back, or coffee makers attached to people’s belts, and the carnage that would cause. Ehh… might work, but we wasn’t the one that had me convinced.

A couple of nights later, Antonio says, “How about: ‘Not all businesses were meant to be mobile.” That small tweak to the tagline flipped the switch! We were quick to think of many occupations that should NOT be mobile, along with humorous visualizations why, and finally settled on one.

We shot it in a day and edited the next (due by 9pm PST). The commercial was officially uploaded by around 8:45pm!

Thoughts on production:
– i was reminded how short 30 seconds is to tell a story!
– we shot in a rented u-haul truck. six people inside. hot lights. middle of summer. T2i was not very happy about that (had to stop twice because of overheating problems)

Overall, we’re happy with the result, but we did learn a lot of lessons, most of which would’ve been taken care of if we had more time. Now, we are just awaiting the results from ING…

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Our “mobile” cast and crew!

Cast: Philippe Debatey, Wendy Nguyen, Joel Tatum

Written and Directed by – Antonio Galvan and Nelson Nunez
Shot and Edited by – Nelson Nunez
Drivers – Antonio Galvan, Justin Fernandez
Art Director/Compositor – Louie Ejanda
PA/Boom – John Zapanta, Jr.
Craft Services – Heidi Galvan, Joelle Pucan, Jeree Pucan

Special thanks:
Goldie Chan, Tita Chang, Bert Nunez

Shot with: Canon T2i, 17-55mm 2.8 IS
Audio: Zoom H4n, Azden SGM-1X