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‘Lupe Under the Sun’ (‘Lupe Bajo el Sol’): LAFF Review

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Rodrigo Reyes’ study of the travails of an aging Mexican migrant farm worker in the U.S. earned a special mention from LAFF’s World Fiction jury.

“As in Purgatory, Reyes’s cameraman Justin Chin eschews hand-held in favor of elegant framing which suggest that we are not dealing with transitory political issues, but with permanent, human ones.”

See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/lupe-under-sun-lupe-bajo-903505

Los Angeles Magazine: 6 Films You Absolutely Cannot Miss at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Lupe Under the Sun had a great introduction in Los Angeles Magazine!

From a family drama to a documentary about teenage inmates, the eight day festival taps into some hyperlocal stories

The Los Angeles Film Festival opens on June 1, showcasing some of the most promising up-and-coming filmmakers and movies of the year. The lineup has a focus on frequently overlooked stories—a valet at an expensive restaurant in L.A.; teenage inmates awaiting adult sentences—as well as a hugely diverse range of voices and narratives. There are a slew of films to choose from over the course of eight days, but that’s why we’re here. These are the six that you must see:

– See more at: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/6-films-not-miss-los-angeles-film-festival/#sthash.STZQ2KRI.dpuf

Thao and Merrill – Astonished Man

This was released actually released a few months ago, but my schedule has been so busy I failed to add it to my blog. So many social network paths and so little time!

I often have projects where a director will want me to spoof a specific look from a movie. Most of that work stems from a set of comedy videos I shoot for a big creative application company (can you guess?) and are only for internal use only. They are always comedic in nature – which is an area that I really love to shoot. Those projects range from Top Gun, Mission Impossible, to genres (there’s that word again) like Bollywood films and NFL Films. They are incredibly fun to do because I get paid to mimic a style and I love pushing both the creative and the technical craft of filmmaking.

With this project I was tasked to visually parody the NYT short film:

Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex Make a Hit

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Armed with visual reference shots, a Black and White LUT on my Odyssey 7Q we set out to capture the funny from Thao and the Get Down Stay Downs.
Hope you like it!
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New HTC Vive adds front-facing camera, redesigned controller ergonomics

I was just writing a wish list last night about the things I’d like to see moving forward with the Gear VR.  One of the things I wanted in a lot of the apps (and home screen) was the ability to see outside the closed confines of the HMD. For me it’s not claustrophobia, but it’s not knowing what’s out there in the real world, while I experience the VR one.

Interesting to see that Vive has incorporated this into the release. I’m guessing that this would allow you to input the various features of your room without hand measuring. I can imagine some interesting uses for it.

Source: New HTC Vive adds front-facing camera, redesigned controller ergonomics

VR FILMED PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT & WORKFLOW

I’ve been looking into the rise in the development of the virtual reality arena for the last year. Through various avenues I’ve been exploring the VR space.

It’s only been about 18 months since Facebook bought Oculus – which is when most anyone in the business would say, “Shit, just got real.” Sure VR had been a concept for the better part of last century, but it’s this latest perfect storm of events that has upturned the VR landscape – significantly. Read more