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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Paranoia Website

I just updated Paranoia's website. Check it out!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Future Shorts

My short film Paranoia was shown at the Lisbon edition of Future Shorts yesterday. From what I heard, it was a success. I was unable to attend, since I'm New York, but I'm glad that people were able to take a look at the film.

It was Paranoia's first public showing, but I hope to start touring the film in the festival circuit here in the U.S. pretty soon.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Will the Sun Dance?

I just fedexed my short film Paranoia to Beverly Hills, CA, where it's going to be partially viewed by one of Sundance's staff members.
I didn't really have any intention of submitting it to Sundance. My festival strategy for Paranoia was more based on where I could afford to go if my short were to be accepted. So, I was only thinking about submitting to New York, Miami and Canada festivals; because I live in New York, I have a place to stay in Miami and Canada is just too close not to go!
The thought came to me at work, at production company RedSky Pictures (who are currently producing the syndicated TV show Hip Hop Hold'em and documentaries and concerts), when a director at RedSky mentioned that he had to run to Fedex his short to Sundance. The deadline is Monday, so I guess he wasn't the only one submitting it in a hurry. And these are within the late entries category, people! So I got off work and ran home to submit my film.
But submitting my film meant I had to replace the old non-cleared-Bernard-Herrman soundtrack with the great new score! I did all the submission stuff online, but the process of finishing the soundtrack and final sound-mixing took about 8 hours. I also fixed the opening credits animation. If my laptop hadn't decided to flip out(!!) I would have not gone to bad as late as 5 AM. But I did.
It got to a point where I just gave up and decided to burn the previous version (Herrman soundtrack and bad sound mix) and just send that instead. But as soon as the DVD was burnt, Premiere Pro decided to give me a second chance (after a careful rebooting) and rendered the final movie!
I woke up 4 hours later to go to the nearest Fedex and send the f****** DVD. But even when the lady put the envelope in its place I wasn't happy. Maybe a live feed of the package's tiniest motions might help. Just to make sure it gets there! I know, I know, you can track it online. Not the same, OK?
And that's my little last minute submission story.
Anyone care to share theirs?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Back in NY

I'm finally back in New York!

It's been great catching up with all my friends and coleagues; it was nice to know that they're still here and that they're part of my life in New York.

Tomorrow I'm starting to work for RedSky Pictures, who are currently producing the TV show Hip Hop Holdem' airing in October on CW. I already had a little briefing on what I'll be doing this week and sounds like I'm gonna be pretty busy!

My friend Lucas wants me to be a DP for his new short film. I can't wait to go back behind the camera, where I feel incredibly confortable! Hope I'll have time for that.

Meanwhile, my short film Paranoia has a new entirely original soundtrack, made thanks to the musical genious of Mariana Norton and Marco Pombinho. Yeah, Mariana is my sister and she's one of the most incredible voices I've ever heard. And I may be her brother, but I'm not the only one who thinks so. She is really a star waiting to be discovered.

The next step for Paranoia is just mix the new soundtrack in and fine tune other pieces of the soundmix. I am proud to announce that the short has been selected to be part of a international screening of short films in Portugal. Since it's not part of a competition, I can still premiere it in festival as if it was it's debut. And actually it is, for the film will show in its older version (without the new soundtrack).

Alright, that's all for today. I'll keep posting updates.