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Projects Update 8/10/17

These posts are becoming fewer and far apart. Only 3 months though. Of course, lots has happened, I have just not found that free time yet where I can write these. But here’s what happened at the end of the school year until now. Lots happened, the three from the festival all have their own posts: The Archer, The eyeFix Commercial,  Ice: a suicide prevention PSA: as well as Eyelight Film Festival itself. Otherwise, I started filming my new film about the poor kid and the rich kid (See “Today”). I did some work for DMA (See “Work for DMA”). And I recorded an event all by myself (See “Other Film Jobs”). Then I did projection work for ACME Theater Company (See “ACME Work”).

Enrique Project- The plan at the moment is to end it abruptly (more for comedic effect) but we are leaving it open in case we wish to continue.

The Davis Doc- Moving slow, my friend still sees interest, but I’m not sure it’s going all the way

Today- “Today” is my college app film. It’s more of an experimental film, a bit of a narrative, but not in the traditional way. I think I’ve mentioned the story before. Two high schoolers from different economic statuses go throughout their day and reveal how much most people take for granted, as well as how to make the most of a bad situation. I call it my “critically acclaimed” film. Because it is much more serious and meaningful than the others I have been working on. Anyway, I haven’t done a lot, just a few scenes. Actors aren’t super available. It’s not too long I can finish it in like 3 shoots. I haven’t started editing though. I have a few months, I will be fine.


Classroom shot from “Today” Shot strait of my camera

Equipment- I guess the boom would be new, although it’s really just a light stand with mic attached. I’ve been using it a lot in my camps and my own videos


Boom Mic that I made, My mic mounted on a light pole


DMA Work- I keep getting roped into volunteering, it’s bad and good at the same time. I like helping out, but I don’t want to get taken advantage of. People think they don’t need to pay me because I’m young and “don’t have anything better to do”. Never the less I volunteered again to do some videos for the Davis music fest. It was fun I suppose, I got to get into the venues for free, and the groups were cool, and I made some good connections. In fact, I’m meeting up today with someone to talk about more volunteer options. I don’t want to get distracted by volunteer work though. I got to be careful.


Me taking videos at the Davis Music Festival

ACME work- I have been roped in! I almost was last year, but they ended up dropping the projection. ACME is a local theater company, well known by students throughout the town because it is essentially run by students. All student actors, and all student tech. Anyway, they decided this year that they wanted to give projections a shot for the show “The Odyssey”. So they enrolled me. I, as usual, said yes, because it sounded fun, and I like Greek mythology. It started off slow, I wasn’t sure what I should be doing because I had never done projections before. Luckily the director started helping me with what she wanted me to do. The problem was that a lot of the scenes were very specific so I couldn’t do live action. So I was left with… animation. DUN DUN DUUUUUN. No, I am not an animator, nor interested in becoming one. The process is too long and not rewarding enough. But of course, I know how to animate. Unfortunately, the only program I had access to was photoshop. And as many may know, Photoshop is the runt of animating software. Luckily I am a photoshop wiz and made it work for me. I found a way to do everything I wanted to do. The director loved the projections, they weren’t super serious and funnier because they were animated. I liked them too. The problem was that she knew nothing about the projector in the theater, besides the fact that there was a projector in the theater. So it was up to me to figure it out and learn how to cue projections. So projections are short videos, someone will hit a button and they turn on or change. The thing is the actors won’t time acting on a video, so all the changes are done by a crew member during the show. For instance, there was a cyclops eye that I animated. When u hit the button it opened up and started blinking. But in order to make it go away and close the eye, you had to change to the video feed of the eye closing. That’s essentially what cueing projections are. Luckily they had this nice program to do this called Qlab. Qlab lines up videos and can change between them on the click of a button. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. It started not doing what it should, and not showing projections that weren’t up yet, and not changing projections. I spent days during tech week trying to figure it out because no one else knew how. It was daily visits to the theater for like the 5 days leading up, for like 3-6 hours each. This was along with working earlier in the day at the Arts Center and doing the animation outside of rehearsal. But I met some more people and built up more talents and experiences, so it was worth it. And unbiasedly I can say it was the best student performance that I’ve seen.

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The Cyclops animation from the Odyssey (it blinks)

Film Camp/Classes- So since last time, there I’ve taught spring session 2 2017 and both summer sessions. It’s becoming more and more straightforward. Session two went nicely in the spring. In summer though I wanted to write a new filming script. So I wrote “The Time Travelers”. I thought it was a good difference from the fairy tale one I have been using (that I also wrote). The new script was more funny, not as serious, better for older groups, and bigger audiences. It was a little difficult at first, figuring out new camera positions and new locations. But there were 2 hours to do it (classes are 1.5, camps 2) and we had an excellent set of enthusiastic students the first time. All of that went really nicely, just finished next week. Prices were raised for the summer and we hit our record enrollment of 17 students (the max was supposed to be 12). So I consider these classes getting more and more successful. And hearing how thankful the parents are and how much fun the kids have makes it all worth it.


A scene from my student’s group’s stop-motion project

Applying for internships and classes-Thanks to the small Davis community and a small failure in the school system, the entire school found out a way to look at their schedule early. And I got all my classes! Taking 5 periods! Orchestra (last year! gotta see it through), British Literature (wanted an easy, fun class), AP Government/Economics (wanted that weighted grade in AP), AP Stats and AP Photography! Really looking forward to it actually, especially photo. I feel that is going to be really fun


Video/Film Jobs- I’m going to have to start writing contacts when I do freelance work from now on. I’ve been cheated on everything I’ve done so far. Still haven’t gotten the field hockey money, it’s been almost a year! The city of Davis hasn’t followed up on the work I did, and I didn’t get paid, and this event I just did, I’ve been asked to do a lot of extra projects, and I worked extra time without any additional pay. Ok, so the most recent event. I was approached by friend Eric that a friend of his was having aa dance event and needed a videographer. So I happily said yes, and worked out the logistics of the event with her. She was an outgoing senior so basically my age, and really easy to talk to. The best part though was working with my friends on the event. Two of them were doing photography, so we were like a crew. The event itself went well, I used a DMA camera (canon XA-25) and my DSLR (Canon T5i). I bought a whole new 32gb SD as well. My DSLR filled up on storage within the first half hour. And the DSLR stopped recording every 15 minutes basically. There was a lot of running back and forth through the hall in order to check on the camera. When I looked at the footage, I had enough for a smooth multi-cam edit, so that worked out well. So after the event, there were portraits of literally every person who was there, so I helped out the photographers with that. We didn’t get food until the end too, that kinda sucked. Ended up working 6 hours, when I was told it was only 4. That was a little annoying, but it was a good experience. Editing went fine at first, but apparently, there was a problem exporting the video, so it froze in a spot on the export. So I had to fix that, then they asked for raws, which didn’t exist because had to delete the event footage from the SD so I made an unedited video (which was 5hrs long and 48 gb after compression) and now they want a short version of the video. Lots of work I didn’t sign on for, but I got to know the family well and it’s not too bad to do all the editing. Anyway, it was fun to do this event… but contracts next time!

Videos for School- It’s summer!

The DMAC- It was a slow startup last year, but we’re going for it again. We’re doing the things that worked best the previous time. We can’t give money for photo contests, but we want to keep doing those. Then we’re watching short films and critiquing them. We want to do the same with photo accounts as well. I think presentations would be helpful as well.

Film Festivals and Events- You know the Eyelight story and the Directing Change story. NCSFF never came through which was kind of disappointing, but oh well. I’m Planning to submit “Today” into festivals as well. I have high hopes for that one and want to submit it to some national student film festivals.

Photography and Graphic Design- So not a lot of photography, I got really distracted by it last year, and haven’t done a lot of it recently. And nothing has really come up for graphic design. Still waiting to hear back from the City of Davis on the bike flier

Film Review- Alright… now time for my opinions! As usual, I will pick one great one and one weak one.

For my good movie, I will talk about the new Edgar Wright film, Baby Driver. Now I have to preface this by saying I am a huge Edgar Wright fan. Hot Fuzz is my favorite movie and all the films in the Cornetto trilogy are a genius. Wright’s intelligent comedy and creative, original plots make his films a spectacle to watch. Baby Driver followed this. It is the most original plot idea that I can really think of. The plot is smart and creative, the characters are likable/hateable, and the movie continues to drive forward with new surprises down the road. My favorite part was the way that Wright incorporated music. He used music with everything, timing cuts to the beat, everything is guided through the soundtrack. I really thought that was original and impressive.

And for my flop, against the critics, I shall talk about Mad Max. I don’t know why this got such good ratings, it had flat characters, very weak plot, no dramatic moments, and just over all boring. The characters to start had very little development and not even much background. They made me more uncomfortable than interested. The makeup and costume design was a bit over the top, and made all the characters really uncomfortable actually. Then the plot. Not only was it confusing, it was so simple that I couldn’t believe it could possibly be confusing. They were literally racing the ENTIRE time. The whole time was a just a slow car chase. And when the “big” moments happened, no one cared, because no one got attached to the characters, and at the end when the victory happened, no one cared because NO ONE GOT ATTACHED TO THE CHARACTERS. And secondly, no one gave a crap about the boring plot line. Granted the Production design and fight scenes, and production design was impressive. The rest of the movie ruined all those for me.

Other News- Same old, same old. The school year ended pretty well, a little disappointed in math, but never the less the year ended. Summer has been great! Just as I wanted it to go. Going out with friends nearly daily, yet still getting work in and vacation. It all went how I wanted it to go. I wish I had more time to film, but everything else went well. I’m almost looking forward to senior year starting, this year is my last, I’m taking fun classes, I have time for stuff after school, and with college and everything, this is when I start my life.

Alright, the updates are complete. Next time I post I will be in school and far along with my applications (hopefully), or maybe already applied. I will also be done with my next film


Projects Update 4/1/17

I got caught up in film festival season. So had to skip on my last couple months. Not much new happened though at first… until I had to cram to submit to festivals. I also got caught up in photography as well. Now I’ve finished with all my films, and have plans to start more!

Enrique Project- Probably not continuing

Other film projects- Finally finished editing the archer. The footage wasn’t as good as I had hoped, so I made up for it in other ways. I couldn’t find the perfect soundtrack for the project, so I wrote my own. In only a few days too! it turned out really good, I forgot how much fun it is to write music. Its a classical piece with piano with the main rhythm, and violin and electric bass as a counter rhythm. Then I included cello to give it some body, and flute to bring out that mysterious part. Also for the first time in my films, I did CGI. Well… not CGI I superimposed an animation on my films. I had an arrow fly past the camera. I had to create the animation in photoshop. It worked quite well actually, it took forever to keyframe it though. Anyway, I just entered it into NCSSF yesterday. Hope it does well, and at least gets accepted. It’s going to Eyelight today.

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A few pages of “The Archer Theme”

So I got another idea, it parallels the lives of 2 different classes of high school students. One who has a wealthy family and everything comes easy for him, and the other who has a very poor family and has to work just to support his family. It starts when the rich one complains that times have been hard even though all his problems are very “first world”, he continues to say that the day was “horrible” even though his problems are very minor. Then we see the poor kid, he says that times have been hard, but he has real-life problems, but he continues to say his day was great. We see him go through his day where small good things happen that we all take for granted and he ends up happier at the end of the day than the other kid. So that’s my idea, please don’t steal it. I’m pushing off The Long Run until summer. Those two will probably be my college portfolio films, so I want to do them well.

The Davis Doc- I live in the small NorCal town of Davis California. Known only for UC Davis and our turkey infestation (no joke). Anyway, the town is 100 years old this year, so my friend Pavan (did Stud. Gov. Projects for him, he has a small part in The Enrique Project), he had an idea. He wants to do a documentary on the history of Davis complete with interviews and primary sources. So we started 2 Saturdays ago, going around Davis to get stock footage, and visiting the small local history museum. We found people to interview and gathered resources. Later that week we went to the library and did some more research. The project is starting out slow, but I hope it goes well. I’m counting on Pavan to do most of the research. I’m gonna do the editing and filming.


A plaque about the history of Davis I’m going to use in the documentary

Equipment- no new, thinking of getting a boom and mic wire extension

DMA Work- Not much work really, in May I will do a ton though. I’ve been going there really only to edit some projects.

Film Camp/Classes- Session 1 went great! did all the same stuff as over the summer, just split the days into classes. I was worried that we weren’t going to have enough time with only an hour and a half, but that was not a problem at all. we did it easily, IDK how we used 2 hours over the summer. The first day we did green screen, introductions, and talked about the lego movies. Then we did the lego stop motion the next day. My Star Wars group did really well with ours. They all took forever to edit, but that’s normal. On Wednesday we did the visual effects short. That’s always fun, but we couldn’t start the movie because the student who played the king wasn’t there. Turns out the kid left the class, so my brother had to play the king haha. The movie filming went good, so that worked well. The movie took forever to edit, but in the end turned out pretty good. Got another class in a few weeks, it has some older kids, so that’s always stressful, I’m sure it will go fine though. I don’t plan on changing the movie script until the summer.


Me helping a student in the film class

Applying for internships and classes- Classes are in for next year. Taking 5 periods! Orchestra (last year! gotta see it through), British Literature (wanted an easy, fun class), AP Government/Economics (wanted that weighted grade in AP), AP Stats (easy AP class) and AP Photography! That’s right, I got into AP photography without taking the preliminary basic photo class. I was pretty happy about that, I scored well in my portfolio as well! I’ll post the pics from it on my VSCO. Anyway, with 5 classes I can get a job to pay for college. So that’s the senior year plan.

Video/Film Jobs- Still waiting on field Hockey money. But I went to do a few more games for them the other day and talked to the coach. I made $30 in like 2 hours, which was awesome, and I’m waiting on an $80 check from the coach from the previous games. Otherwise more editing this week, I’ve only been to DMA once in the last few months, and that was to finish editing the bike meeting, which has missing footage… so I don’t know how I’m going to pull that one off. But I will figure it out. I may or may not do the bike video, but I’m going to do a flyer for them none the less. So that’s cool. It’s a flyer for the city police to give to people who run stop signs on bikes. It’s an easy project and I get like $50 for it. So, deal! Otherwise, just film classes, thinking about starting a business next year to do highlight videos for students, I’ll see about that

Videos for School- So I haven’t done any PR vids for orchestra, but I have already done 2 for student government. My friend had me make them to promote events coming up. They were simple projects, but still fun. So that was cool working for the school in that way. That is why I changed this category to “videos for school”


Quick mock up I made on my phone for Student Government

The DMAC- THERE IS NO FILM COMMUNITY AT THIS SCHOOL. Photography has a huge community, but the film community is almost non-existent. So we can’t really do film things. I prepared almost the entire film festival, but it looks like it’s not going to be a big thing. So we might just do it in a meeting. But what has become popular at meetings is watching short films. Short of the week is a website eric watches short films on, and all those films are really good and fun to watch. So at the end of meetings, a group of us just stay to watch some shorts. It’s really cool actually. Anyway, the contests are going well, and nothing big has really happened. The club is bearing along.

Film Festivals and Events- Directing Change, NCSFF, and Eyelight updates! Submitted to Directing Change a while ago. The results are coming this week! I’m crossing my fingers that we at least win something. That would be amazing. I’ll do a post about it when results are in. Just submitted to NCSFF the other day! It was really easy through I’m really liking that site. I submitted the Archer that I was rushing to finish, and it let me submit the eyeFix as well which was cool. I know that video is very comedic, but I really love how it turned out. Then I also had Eric submit Ice. Eyelight is a great festival, but also pretty low budget and unorganized. Anyway, I got an email that the submission deadline was the Friday before spring break. I got that email a week before that deadline. I freaked out because I wasn’t done editing at all. Then that day, I hear that they’ve pushed your back 2 weeks. That is good! But it was stressful trying to cram editing. That extra time allowed me to write the soundtrack and do the visual effects for the film. And those are the two best parts of the movie. But anyway, I finished the film for NCSFF the other day, and just got to submit it to Eyelight this Friday. Ice is already in.

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My projects on FilmFreeway

Photography and Graphic Design- So photography, yeah I made into AP photo. That was cool. I wasn’t even going to apply, because I hadn’t taken the regular photo class, and I was worried they wouldn’t look at my application. But I talked to the teacher, and Eric convinced me. So to prepare for the portfolio I had to go out and take some portraits because I had never done that before. Anyway, I went with Eric and Evan. Eric borrowed a 50mm lens, the king of portraits with a 1.8 aperture. Anyway, we went to all the photo spots in Davis. Including this cool concrete building on UCD campus called the Death Star. It’s where all photographers go, even pros, to take pics. Anyway, I finished my portfolio there. The 10 photos in my portfolio are on my VSCO. I actually scored pretty high. I got all 4 out of 5 for creativity and technique. If I had taken the class and got a teacher recommendation from it, then I would’ve scored 18 out of 20. Which is pretty good. Anyway, I’m in, so that means I get to rent out lenses and get AP credit. As well as get to be in that photography community.


My portraits from my AP portfolio, Evan on left,  Eric on right

Graphic Art/Design-wise, I did a few things. Most recently I did a poster for The Archer, that is actually seen in the film. And I did the animation in photoshop. I did that using my own footage and then photoshop to do basic animation. Another project I did was for my mom’s Etsy company. I antiqued like 80 tarot cards. It took a while, but I’m getting paid, so that’s nice. I’m going to get a percentage of sales too, so that’s more of a steady income. And then finally I’m doing that project for the city. I think I’ll see what my weekend’s like.

Film Review- New category, I’m going to pick a film or two that I watched in the past month, and tell you what I think. Because I know everyone cares about my opinion (sarcasm). Ok, so there’s 2 I wanna talk about this time, 1 good, 1 boring. Let’s start good.

I recently watched Ordinary People. I liked it. It touches on a serious theme but stays enjoyable to watch. Slow at sometimes, but it carried me along. I liked the characters a lot. They were really realistic people with personalities. Like the kid’s love interest was realistic and not glorified like “Hollywood” does with high school relationships. I found that the characters really transferred that feeling that the director wanted you to get, but in a subtle way. Meaning that their personalities weren’t displayed blatantly early on, but you had to watch the movie in order to get an opinion on them. From this movie, I learned that a well-written character doesn’t have to be likable. I hated the mother in the film because just the way she acted behind the scenes painted her as a horrible person. And she was the unlikely antagonist at the end. I didn’t like the movie that much because of my dislike of her. But I realized that’s how the writer, director, and actor wanted you to feel about the character. And I definitely felt that way, so that’s why I liked the film, in the end, a lot more.

Then one I didn’t like as much was Arrival. I really wanted to like it and heard great things about it from people who watched it in the theater, but I really didn’t enjoy it that much. I had high hopes for it and was let down. My first problem is the main character, I didn’t find her enjoyable at all. She was dull, depressing, and just boring. She almost mirrored the dull and boring plot as well. I found the plot unrealistic (assuming that aliens exist), unexplainable, and all round dull. There was little explanation into how they decipher the alien language, and from what I got from the explanation, no one would ever be able to learn a language as fast as that. And then the “climax” was in fact very unclimactic. Oh no! A bunch of people blow up the alien for no reason… it wasn’t exciting and had no build up what so ever. The idea was there, I liked the message and meaning of the film, it was just displayed poorly with dull characters and dull plot. Technical Aspects, on the other hand, were done very well. Production design was done well in how it transferred that eerie feeling: visual effects were done pretty well and the aliens were animated excellently: and the sound was pretty good of course with the aliens talking, although I’d say it was over exaggerated at times with other sound effects. I’d put this in the Interstellar and Gravity category (don’t get me started on those). If you loved those, then this is your movie.


My favorite photo from my portfolio

Other News- Same old, life is good. Going out with friends a lot and busy most weekends. Orchestra is going well, I’m second chair now, so that means concert master next year, hopefully. And then the Wennberg concert is this weekend. That concert is at the Mondavi Center here in Davis. It’s a world-class performance hall. All the other musicians who play there are world renown. The stage and backstage are amazing, it’s always a joy to play there. The quintet is slow, but we might pick it back up in a bit. Nothing else really. I got my bike stolen, then bought another one, then the cops found my bike. That all happened within a month haha. But otherwise, I’ve said everything.

Ok I know I said monthly, but nothing that much happened in February and early March. So if it’s a busy month, I’ll go monthly, if not, I’ll just post at least every few months. So Eyelight and Directing Change results will be out by next time, so that’s exciting, I’ll do a post about those.

Projects Update 12/25/16

Yep it’s Christmas day. Got film presents! Shotgun mic! Video tripod! But been hard to post every 3 weeks recently. Considering I posted 2 months ago. I’m going to try and post probs more like once a month; 3-6 weeks. But lots has happened.

Enrique Project- Looking at the last update, I realize we haven’t filmed since then, which is 2 months ago. So… IDK how this is going to go, but I wanna do shorter projects. This long one is taking too long. Luckily I got 3 project ideas.

Other film projects- Lots of projects! I wanna film the Archer over break. That’s my goal. It will be a quick project that I can do in one night. AND MY VIDEO TRIPOD AND MIC WILL HELP. So planning on filming that in the near future. Then I want to enter Directing Change again and I’m going to work on a film with my friend Eric. We have some good ideas and nice equipment, so hopes are we’ll do good and maybe win something. Then I wrote a new script (half) it’s an action plot and tells a story through a series of flashbacks, that leads you to believe in a different outcome based on how much of the story you see. I want to do it VERY well, so I’m going to make a shot list, carefully cast everyone, and make sure that it’s the best I can do. Oh… and I made a film a few weekends ago. A fake commercial, just like the good old days (making those are how I got into film). Used my DSLR for the first time doing a film project. AMAZING quality, every frame is like a photograph. Of course the commercial has a ridiculous plot, but it’s a beaut… got some pull focus in there and made use of my Green Screen and lights! Still editing: it has a lot of cuts and visual effects. So you will see “The eyeFix VR infomercial” up on youtube very soon. It was a really fun project.


Scene from the eyeFix

Equipment- Mangus Video Tripod: fluid head and 64″ max height. So excited, it will help a lot with my DSLR video, because DSLRs aren’t very stable. Then I got a Video Micro Røde mic, It’s very fluffy and I think it will be great!


Magnus 64″ fluid head tripod; Røde Video Micro shotgun mic

DMA Work- Wow haha, last time I posted was the my first time being camera director? So I’ve directed 4 events in the IPAB already and have done 6 gigs for DMA total. so lets get started… I GOT PAID FOR WORKING A WEEKEND! 100 big ones; 9 hrs of work. That’s right, I’m getting paid to do videography for a professional media organization. So I worked Saturday night to record the US Bike Hall of Fame 2016 Honorees. I guess Davis CA where I live is home to the US Bike Hall of Fame. Pretty cool, so they had a VERY fancy banquette to honor those new people admitted to the HOF. I had a simple job, re-align the camera for every new speaker. As media though, I got to enjoy the refreshments they offered. Yes, the dessert buffet and open bar (they had sodas… I’m 17). That was very nice… and I met Barry Bonds. That was actually really cool, I shook his hand. Just being at that event I realized how at 17 I’m experiencing a media job already, and it was amazing. It just made me more excited for my future. Anyway, the next day I had to DIRECT 2 back-to-back choir concerts. It was my first time in the IPAB, but Jeff (supervisor at DMA) gave me the run down… but then had to go, leaving me by myself with one other cameraman. Very frightening at first, but got pretty comfortable at the end… but then the other cameraman left. So I had to record the entire 2nd concert on my own; a 3 camera- live directing shoot. But I managed, I had a long shot on one unmanned camera, a wide shot on the other, and then I controlled the close up one at the same time as directing. It got pretty easy towards the end. So after that 9 hour work weekend, I volunteered for 2 more concerts a few weeks after. I worked with Frank W. I was mainly camera man, but we switched off. He’s a really cool guy, and we got talking and he told me about his non-profit org FDYC “Positive Skill Development and Youth Mentoring”. It seems, cool, with youth programs, I think I might be a little above some of the students’ levels, but I might help out with younger kids classes, and definitely help record events for them. Frank asked me to help out to record a toy drive on Thursday, but with finals, I didn’t have time. Definitely want to help out with events in the future though!

Film Camp/Classes- Yep! It’s coming up! and… I am an official instructor of the Davis Arts Center. I am listed as an instructor on the catalogue. So anyway about the class, I am planning to run it the same way as the camp. I may or may write a new script as well. But it’s going to very similar. I just hope that I’ll get enough interested students that want to take it.

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Listing for my Davis Arts Center Spring Film class. I’m listed under instructor

Applying for internships and classes- not really. I’m going to look for some in studios in LA over the summer, and look into classes at Sacramento City College.

Video/Film Jobs- So Field Hockey is all over. Still waiting on 80 bucks from the coach actually. I only did one highlight video which was disappointing considering there were like 5 parents who contacted me. But I got paid for the one I did make. Pretty long video, only made like 30 bucks, but not bad. Then I did the bike meeting. That was an adventure… well more like 3 hours in the editing booth, But it’s very lively with lots of cuts. Got paid for that as well… thanks dad. But I’ve hit a dry spell, no jobs recently, almost did one for the school district, but they never got back to me. I guess I can just focus on my own films, which will be nice.


Bike Meeting Edit- look at all those cuts!

PSA for Orchestra- Haven’t done one yet

The DMAC- 2 photo contests later, we still exist. Members are up to about 50… of course only like 10-15 come to meetings, but still not bad. I’ll give you a run down on the progress so far. First meeting went well, good turn out, we were happy. Second meeting was kind of slow with a smaller turn out; Eric did a photography presentation as well. Then we had the club fair; where clubs on campus can have booths and get members for their club. WE. DOMINATED. IT. I brought in my green screen, and had people pretend to fly in front of it, and then I edited in the background. Took less than 5 minutes per person, and was a hit! Everyone was very impressed. We got a ton of members that day as well. Then we started advertising for our photo contest (theme: Fall). The photo teacher put the announcement on the board in the room. 25 admissions. We were overwhelmed. It was A GREAT TURNOUT. Everyone wanted the cash prize I guess. Of course very few of them showed up to the  actual meeting to vote, but still had like 20 people. We had a winner and announced the next contest (black and white portraits). At the meeting before the second Super Tuesday (what we call the day we vote on the photos) we had presentation from me and Kyle (Graphic arts president). Oh, and right before my presentation on the basics of filmmaking, the film teacher walked in to watch. So I had to give my presentation to the professional film teacher. Luckily I nailed it, so that was good. Anyway, Then we had our final meeting of the year with the voting for the Black and White photo contest. Even more submissions this time! Had a good contest, the winner was like professional. It was actually a teacher on campus… whoops. But we’re excited for the new year. I gotta start seriously thinking about the end of the year film festival though. I think I’ll talk to people about it when we start again in January. The pressure right now is to get the school to back us, find a place to do it, and get funding. Planning the actual festival is not as much of a problem.


Posters I designed for both DMAC photo contests

Film Festivals and Events- The season is upon us… almost. Directing Change is the first one to do. I’ll be working with Eric over break to get that video done, Then theres another festival the NCSFF: Northern California Student Film Festival. It’s a new festival that judged by region, and has cash prize, looks like my chances might be pretty good, looking forward to enter the archer or the new script “The Long Run”. Then of course Eyelight, I gotta enter that as well.

Photography and Graphic Design- Lots and lots of photography, my 32 gig SD card is almost full. It’s a lot of fun, I got some good pics. They’re all on my VSCO. I got a photography book for Christmas, and  I’m learning a lot about manual photography. It’s a lot of fun, nothing like film though. For Graphic design, I make all the posters and digital designs for the DMAC. This is the posters for the photo contests, fliers, and all the designs for the website and Instagram. So lots of Graphic design work for me as well. Also looks like I’ll have to whip up a design for the DMAC t-shirt, but that won  ‘t be bad.

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One of my favorite photos I took (feat. Hillel)

Social Media Videos- nothin’ really

Other News- Over Thanksgiving I went down to LA to see family. I visited my first college! Loyola Marymount: one of the top film schools in the country, private school, in the center of LA. Its really nice, we got a tour, they use really good equipment, and you have rights to your own films. Definitely a school I want to apply to. Also I got some good pics in Venice. Otherwise, just lots of homework and lots of stuff with my friends. Finals were last week, but now its all over. Orchestra isn’t bad, quintet is fun, also just fun to play music with friends. Hoping the second semester will be easier at school, give me more free time.

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Sunset pic on of the Venice Canals

Alright, next post I’ll have filmed the Archer and finished the eyeFix… hopefully. And hopefully post within in about a month


Projects Update 10/27/16

Been like 6 weeks since the last one, but been really busy recently. Over the weekend I don’t have time like I used too. Except for today

Enrique Project- Took a few gap weeks, but we did film yesterday! Went pretty well, did one scene, but I still have to edit. Going to keep working, and Baseball for Lev ends soon so we’re going to keep going strong. Gotta write more scripts.


Scene from Enrique Project

Orion/City of Dreams- Not looking good. Probs not doing City of Dreams and it looks like no Orion either unless we find actors. Maybe a new music vid tho

Other film projects- I wanna do The Archer soon, and I’m considering doing a documentary about village homes (green community I live in). My dad said it as a joke, but  I think it might be fun. I’m going to think about doing that.

Equipment- GUESS WHO JUST BOUGHT A CANON T5i. Dats right, c’est moi! Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens + Kit Includes, 58mm HD Wide Angle Lens + 2.2x Telephoto Lens + 2Pcs 32GB Commander Card + Battery Grip + Extra Battery + Backpack Case. And I got a really bright flashlight to use in a portable lighting system. I’m going to buy a film tripod with a smooth head and a shotgun mic as well.


Canon T5i Bundle I purchased

DMA Work- Not much recently, well I’ve been editing there almost daily, but I haven’t actually done much work for them. Its been so long since I posted and It looks like I didn’t mention that I was CAMERA DIRECTOR for the las event! It was so much fun and really easy, I got to be creative about what angle when. A little stressful at first, but I got the hang of it. I had no bad cuts! yay!

Film Camp/Classes- Class got passed!!! we going; 2 sessions; 1.5hr weekly; 5 weeks a session. Its structured the same way as the film camp, but for a little bit more money!

Applying for internships and classes- Not applying for any classes

Video/Film Jobs- Wow… so right after I did my last update… I got a job! A friend of mine on the DHS Girls Field Hockey team said that their coach was looking for someone to record all the games. Dats me. Every home game I go out and record it. 20 bucks a game 7 games this season… not bad. I’m just recording it with my camcorder, nothing fancy… and then I use my tripod as a monopod so I get smoother movement. At first it was hard. The camera was shaky, and it was hard to track the ball (its small and I’ve never watched field hockey before). I have to edit the videos too. 2 hours of HD footage is a lot for a 2009 mac book pro… but nothing for the computers at DMA. But that means I have to schlep over to DMA almost everyday after school and edit. The other annoying thing is the file size. It is very large. First off the HD footage is about 5 gb raw. And then FCPX exports everything like 10 times bigger than I should be. I was dealing with files up to 50 gb. And at first I was supposed to but it on the teammates flashdrive. The girls brought flash drives so small that they were in the megabytes. Even if I reduced the size like 4 times, I could only get it down to like 6gb. So I ended up opting to youtube. Another problem. 45 mins is the length for youtube videos. So I had to post them all on the DMA youtube channel… which is cool, because then its more professional. Anyway… I started exporting the videos through compressor to get the size down to like 8gb and then I export them to youtube, I can leave DMA while the vids are uploading/exporting, so it works out well. I got one more video to record and edit and post, otherwise all the others are done! And then like last week, I was asked by the coach if I was interested in making highlight videos for the girls. This is really easy and the coach said I could get paid like 50 bucks per video. Just waiting for parents to contact me. Then I also recorded a bike meeting for my dad on wednesday. It was just like a DMA production, except I worked both cameras. And now I gotta edit 2 hours of multicamera footage! YAY!

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A DHS Girls Field Hockey game I recorded

PSA for Orchestra- Haven’t done one yet

The DMAC- Its official, first meeting on Tuesday! I can’t believe this is happening, we’re meeting tomorrow to plan. we advertised with posters all around around campus and we’re in the announcements and we’re going to make this happen. check out our website (designed by me btw). for the film group this year, I want to do monthly student presentations where a student brings in their film(s)

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The Poster for the DMAC that I designed

Film Festivals and Events- None really

Photography and Graphic Design-  I designed the DMA poster! That was cool! Its really cool and stands out on the blue advertising walls. Kyle, the GA/Design president was sick so I stepped in. I think they’re pretty good and so does my dad the designer.


Cool Pic I took

Social Media Videos- nothin’ really

Other News- well been really busy lately with friends and girlfriend and soccer and filming stuff. Soccer is good, we got our last game next week, and Quintet is going well, I’m first violin, so I’m basically the leader. Life is gooooood.

So I’m going to try and actually post every 3 weeks, maybe just monthly if it comes to it, but basically I really want to post as often as possible… even if no one reads this lol.

Projects Update 9/3/16

Well its been a while… an entire summer actually. With work and travel, I just didn’t have a lot of time to post. Anyway with the school year starting once more, I’m starting up again with tri-weekly posts.

Enrique Project- Literally no progress over the summer, but as soon as school started, we started again. Twice within a week actually. Started up slow, with just a scene in my house, no dialogue, but last Friday we got a lot done actually. We shot a scene we did before and then did one after that. It looks like this film will actually make some progress! Any way I’m excited to actually continue working on this.

Orion/City of Dreams- So me and Eric put off Orion and to do a music video with his friends first. It’s not bad, the song is good, but the plot is a bit couple-y for me. Its not entirely scripted and is really just cinematic shots of the couple. Of course its a film project, so I like doing it no matter what, but I’d rather do Orion. So we’re thinking of starting Orion sooner or writing a new script.


Shooting the music video

Other film projects- Well there’s the Europe videos from the summer, that I still haven’t made a blog post about them yet. They weren’t anything special, just for fun. I don’t really think the cinematic videos are my thing, I like working with a story and actors. That’s what I plan on focusing on now. I really want to do this Bus Stop: the Archer thing. I’m planning to start once it gets dark earlier. Shoot it all in one night. And then I also want to do some stuff with the Enrique Project team. Like a fake commercial or fake documentary.

DMA Work- Internship is over, I got my certificate the other day actually. I’m still checking out equipment and I’m planning on volunteering. I just emailed Jeff yesterday about volunteering actually. I’m planning on working for them often and hopefully doing more events in the IPAB theater and maybe some sporting events too. Also I asked him about directing the cameras in the IPAB as well.

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Picture of me doing a gig for DMA, found it on their Facebook page

Film Camp/Classes- Done with the camp. read my my other post, Because I’m definitely not writing that again. Anyway I entered an application for a spring class. I hope it goes through, because I need cash! And I love film of course…

Applying for internships and classes- I’m looking for summer internships in LA that I’d really like to do. They’re all like 3,000 dollars though. I’ll look for a studio internship. Otherwise for my High school classes. First I got Chamber Orchestra, the same orchestra as last year, but I’m auditioning for Concert master this time. Then I have American Literature Honors, Strength and Conditioning, and Peer Tutor 4th. Now I did peer tutor so that I could help out in Video/Film, but there is no class that period. So now I’m stuck with French which is ok, because I get practical art credits and its pretty fun. Then 5th I have French 4 honors, then Pre-calculus and end with Race and Social Justice. RSJ is an alternative to American History, all my friends took it idk.

Photography and Graphic Design- Film is closely related to both these medias, so naturally I do some of both. I did some long exposure pictures with my friend over the summer, she got an app for it and it turned out really cool. Nothing really for graphic design except for the DMAC logo.

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Steel wool in a whisk long exposure

PSA for Orchestra- I’ll talk to Moreno. Nothing yet, because school just started, but we’re required to have twice as many “you choose  points” (outside orchestra volunteer work) as last year, so I’ll make lots of videos.

The DMAC- The Davis Senior High School Digital Media Arts Club. Yep, we’re doing this. I was planning on starting a film club, but my friend Eric and some others wanted to start a photo club. So we combined them, and threw in graphic design as well. We got a team of like 5 members to get it started. We’re meeting to plan it and were talking over what we’re doing each meeting and leadership positions etc. I’m in charge of the Film branch and I’m treasurer. The club is going to be a place where people interested in the media arts can get constructive criticism, meet others that share those interests, and stay involved with the arts at the school. we’re going to have photo contests and hopefully a film festival as well later. Of course the club is not official yet, but we’re all excited to submit the application soon.

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Rough Draft of a possible logo

Film Festivals and Events- None coming up. Hopefully a screening with the DMAC

Social Media Videos- Some on my personal IG, but they’re still not very good.

Europe 2016 events- Just an over view of film related things I did in Europe. Starting in Amsterdam, I went to the eye film institute, that was pretty cool, it had the history of film and some interactive film activities. The building was really cool as well. Paris I didn’t really do anything film related. Then I went to England; Falmouth and York at first. In York, my dad’s friend came by; Paul Laugier. He is an art director that has worked on such films as Inception, Malicifent, Pan and Jason Bourne. He talked for hours about all the things that he’s worked on and all about the industry, it was really cool meeting someone who is actually successful in the industry. Then I went to Scotland and stayed in a house with like 12 family members, and had a film screening the last night. Then I went to London and to the BBC. That was cool, my dad knew someone who worked in weather there and we got the full tour. I saw the newsroom and studio (from a far) and also went to one of the weather studios, which was really fun. The BBC is actually a really cool building. That was It really.


TL: EYE Film Institute BL: My films projected on a wall in Scotland R: BBC weather studio

Other News- Probably one of the best summers of my life. With Europe, camp, and hanging out with friends each day, it was really great. Anyway, soccer started which is pretty fun, and Orchestra is really great with all my friends, we kinda dominate the orchestra. Anyway everything is going pretty well now.

Good to get back to writing these, will write again in 3 weeks!

Projects Update 6/12/16

With school ending, I’ve been pretty busy obviously and haven’t found the time to post. BUT SOPHMORE YEAR IS OVER, one hellova year! Finally have time to do stuff. Well for like a week…

Enrique Project- Well its the end of the school year, and still haven’t filmed. This project quickly went to the bottom of my priorities. It’s too hard to get everyone together to film. I need more commuted people, so I’m starting a new project with a friend called Orion. I might try to continue this project when I have time

Orion- New film I’m starting to work on with a friend. He does photography, so when I took those pics last week, he commented on them and we started talking. He had this idea based off an anime, and I said I’d help. It’s great, because now I have someone who will be committed to film and who can help me with film stuff! We are just scripting for now, but will be filming in a few weeks hopefully before Europe this summer.

Other film projects- I was kind enough to help my friends with filming their Spanish project. I’m not even in their class, haha I’m in french 3. They originally just asked for my camera, but I was like I might as well come film. They asked for a professional recording, and I did not disappoint. I brought studio lights, 2 cameras, a tripod and my phone as an external mic.


The set up from my friend’s Spanish project

I did close ups with my camcorder and used the point and shoot for a long shot. I had a good program, so I offered to edit as well. Its good that I did, because the multi-camera would’ve been painfully difficult on iMovie lol. Anyway it turned out super good and funny and was fun to do all around. Also my mom is starting a cake mixes company, so I’m doing videos for her. She wants to do really artsy ones, so this will be fun.

Equipment– Got a super cool app called manual. And as the name says, it can do manual focus. I used it for pull focus in my longboard video and for the videos/pictures I’m doing for my mom.


A picture I took on my iPhone using Manual

It’s just like a DSLR. Speaking of a DSLR, I’m probably going to get one. The Cannon Rebl EOS T5i. It has a flip out screen, super nice lens, and mic jack. Its 600 dollars though. I’m planning to split the cost with my mom, IDK.

DMA internship-  Basically over. Had my last production on Wednesday; King high graduation. It was kinda boring, but short. It was with the same director as the band concert, he was kinda confusing over the mic. Then I also did the Emerson-Davinci-Harper Combined Orchestras Spring Concert, with Mr. Brucker from last year. That was kinda fun, because my friends stayed up with me in the booth. Jeff will probably have a last meeting, because I want to talk to him about this summer.

Summer Camp prep- 8 MORE DAYS! That’s it until I have to teach my own film camp. I’m getting more and more prepared each day, but I’m going to have to pick it up. I have 11 kids in my first camp already. Exciting, but worrisome

applying for internships and classes- No internships or classes, still waiting to hear back from that studio in Vacaville

PSA for Orchestra- Year over, but Moreno asked me to keep helping next year

Video/Film Class- We did and animation/live action 20 second film. I animated a penguin to interact with. I drew him on photoshop and did all the different angles and body motions with different characters. I sequenced them in Premier and did basic key frame animation for motion. Pretty simple, but turned out cool.


One frame from the penguin animation I did in Video film using Photoshoop and Premier


Film Festivals and Events- Jeff told me about it, its called “Davis Shorts”. There were some really cool films there actually. This running one inspired me to make “Longboard Life”. Mine was probably the worst, but it was still fun to see what adult film makers create. There’s another one at the end of the summer. I hope I get invited back.

Social Media Videos- None

Other News- Hanging out with friends a lot, which is dominating a lot of my time. Soccer ended, we got 3rd in our final tournament. Euro 2016 and Copa America started, so watching a lot of soccer. Schools over; ended with a 3.85. Almost got a 4.0, but I basically failed my Chem final. No commitments or things to do for a week… this is new.

Summer is going to be different. I won’t write in some categories, and will write a lot more in others. It’ll be interesting. Try to post every 3 weeks, but IDK with Europe trip coming up.

Projects Update 5/7/16

Enrique Project- No filming for a while. Everyone has been busy and I’ve had a lot of assignments during 7th period film. I’m going to make a schedule for film now though. We need to get through part 1 by the end of the school year. We’ll make it and Lev’s baseball ends soon too… its all good

DMA internship- finished spring sports, I think I’ll make a post with all the videos/pictures on it. I did women’s soccer which was really fun,


filming Women’s soccer 4/14/16

a lot of my friends went too, so I had some company. That was the last video I did. I then went to do pictures for the others. I had this amazing camera! it was a giant DSLR… amazing. I got it to do swimming, but there was no one there… anyway I did my own photography then. I just went around and took some really cool photos.


selection of pictures I took with the really nice DSLR I had on loan

I’ll post them all in another post. I also just used it Thursday for baseball. I actually took photos of both JV and Varsity even though I was just supposed to take them of Varsity; I had friends on JV though. I also did more work in the IPAB. I did some tribute thing that was ok until the senior appreciation came and it got dead boring. Then I did a senior band concert with a new director which was different. I had never done concerts before. They played Pirates of the Caribbean and Start Wars and Hillel (my friend) was in it as well. So that was good. We just got a list of new events to cover. I’ll probably do a lot of graduations. Oh, and I dropped off a friend’s video for TV. Alex at DMA liked it and put it on like 40 times. I know its not mine, but still

Summer Camp prep- 14 students; 7 in each class. Still got a month, still got a month

applying for internships and classes- none

PSA for Orchestra- Made another one. This one is for our Mark Wood Electrify Your Strings rock concert.

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New orchestra promotional Video

It’s a pretty cool video… and a pretty cool concert! It only took 2 takes this time, which was great! Definitely not as long as last time. Just dropped it off at DMA yesterday for TV. I’ll make a post about it after the concert.

Video/Film Class- Been doing a lot of small projects. We did cutting on action, Continuity Magic (disappearing and split screen), Multiplicity, levitation, and we just made a music video.We chose We Will Rock You because it was short. Turned out pretty good. Otherwise not much in this class.

Film Festivals and Events- Wow, apparently I’m the guy everyone tells about film festivals. I heard of a White House film festival that I might enter. I’m thinking of doing kind of an interview type thing. Then someone told me about a festival at the Pence Gallery (local gallery) for artsy films. I don’t have any so idk. then Jeff at DMA said that they were going to do a festival too. I said that I’d bring “Instantly Involved” for it. So many things to do!

Social Media Videos- made a first person longboard vid through snapchat which was pretty cool. I’m posting the second part to my page today

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Screen grab from my longboard video

Other News-  Almost done with the song that I’m writing; was working on the lyrics today. I’m going to make a music video for it, so I’ll post it then.