Amazonia Film

May 17, 2015 § 1 Comment

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Not my photo of a tambaqui.

For the 15 of you reading my infrequent posts, Sunday saw Pisco Films wrapping up yet another day of shooting the documentary Amazonia.  This trip is meant to be our last for this project, a documentary about communities in the Amazon River Basin, which began nearly 3(!) years ago.

Day 2 brought an unexpected aerial shoot over Manaus, Brazil. (Unexpected because we were offered a deal on a plane ride through a guy who knew a guy, and it was so affordable we couldn’t say “no.”) For a “professional” aerial shot you’d put the camera in a gyro or some such thing and remote control technology something, but with our meager means, we slapped the GoPro on the wing of the Cessna and the director hung out the doorway with another video camera. (Photos will follow eventually. I think.)

The afternoon was equally awesome, as some new friends of our invited us to their weekly family gathering. Not only did they allow us to film some good family scenes, but they let us drink their fresh copoazu juice and eat their grilled tambaqui.

Yes, filmmaking is a tough, tough job, but somebody’s got to eat the tambaqui.

Slice Girls Re-Edit

November 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

A couple years ago I shot a short test fight when I was developing a ninja zombies movie.  The main thing I learned from that test was that knowing how to act for the camera was eons more important than knowing how to fight.

I re-cut the scene a few days ago for fun, tightening up the rhythm and adding a beat.  I probably won’t go back to this project just yet, but I’m still learning from the attempt.  Enjoy!

What I’m Watching: Making It Up As I Go Along

October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Artist, writer, veteran, musician, martial-artist, Larry Hama is best known as the writer behind the G.I. Joe comics.  If you consider the influence of that single property, Larry Hama’s work has impacted and inspired an entire generation of Americans.

Don’t believe me?  Do you like ninjas?

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How about, uh, America?

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That’s what I thought.

Watch this short doc, available on The Splitting Image website, and learn a bit about the man who made you love ninjas and America.

It’s Goonie Time!

October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Because sometimes you need to remember what time it is:

From Cuban Fury.

Jem and the Holograms

June 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Up next in a line of 1980s toy franchise reboots, Hasbro is in production on a Jem and the Holograms live action movie.  I was never a fan of the Jem and the Holograms toys and cartoon, but my kid sister was; and being a fan of The Go-Gos, I found Jem a heckuva lot less annoying than Barbie.

Though Gen-X favorites Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald have joined the cast, this definitely looks like a project for a younger audience.  Fans of the original Jem must now be in their 30s, and few of them will want to check out a film featuring an emo-looking Jem directed by Jon Chu, the man behind Step Up 2: The Streets.

We’ll just have to wait and see if this new incarnation of Jem is truly, truly, truly outrageous.

New AMAZONIA Trailer!

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

We’ve still got a bit more to shoot for this documentary, but we’ve cut a trailer from the footage we have for use in grant applications.  You’d better watch it full-screen, because it is EPIC.

Visit amazoniafilm.com for more info on the film!

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Amazonia from Juan Vallejo on Vimeo.

Spider-Man Parkour

May 1, 2014 § 1 Comment

Proving that Spider-Man is more amazing when he isn’t computer-generated.

 

What I’m Watching: Sabotage

March 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the record, David Ayer’s Sabotage is definitely worth seeing.  The plot is over-the-top, as are the characters and the gore, but the film is a (mostly) sincere police thriller that doesn’t devolve into an “Arnold Schwarzenegger film” until the very last scene.  Arnold is good in his role as the salty, old leader of a DEA special ops team, and the rest of the cast is friggin’ amazing.  Mireille Enos (The Killing) really stands out as a drugged-out wild banshee, and I really like Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) carrying a pistol.

There’s been a lot of press calling this movie a flop, and though it’s not fair to compare it to the successes of Arnold’s heyday, compared to more recent, similar films, Sabotage still had a pretty weak opening.  But we don’t measure success in dollars, and with the gore on horror-movie levels and some of the best small unit tactics I’ve seen on film in years (suck it Zero-Dark Thirty), Sabotage has the makings of a cult film favorite.

Hercules Trailer

March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

I love The Rock, who stars.

I got mad props for Steve Moore, who wrote the comic book.

I don’t really like the work of Brett Ratner, who directs.

Verdict: With Brett Ratner having a history of taking great comic books and great actors and making a crappy (but admittedly profitable) movie (I’m talking about X-Men: The Last Stand), I’ll read the comic book and watch the movie when it plays for free on Netflix.

RIP Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

February 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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