I’m A Musician

Most of you don’t know this. I’m a musician. A drummer by trade. Being doing it for about 15+ years. I consider myself intermediate. I sound pretty good. The simpler the groove the better. I like keeping it tight. That pocket groove you know? Letting silence do its magic.

I wish you can feel what I feel when I play. Nothing else matters. I disconnect. And if I’m accompanied by other musicians, it’s heaven –good musicians that is. But 5 years ago or so, it all went downhill.  Read more

Dissecting Pixar & The Blue Umbrella

The Blue Umbrella Pixar FCPX

They say Pixar are great storytellers.  And I’ll have to agree.  They’re so good at what they do that Hollywood is pretty much scared to copy them.

“Everyone in Hollywood says they wish they could do it like Pixar, but they really don’t. There’s no secret at Pixar, but there is a belief in letting people pursue something with passion and take chances, and most of Hollywood, really, doesn’t like that. It’s too scary. Some studio executives will say they love obsessive creators who take risks, but really most of them would rather play it safe.” – Brad Bird (Hero Complex interview)

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FCPX and Music Making

An amazing tutorial by Light Iron. Just goes to show you how powerful FCPX is. With its ability to practically bring in every single plugin from Logic Pro X, you can record your acoustics along side with picture. You don’t have to be restricted by “picture-lock.” Edit, create, and explore as you go. What a great way to enhance your visual story. I’m a bit jealous that I didn’t discovered this earlier! Then again, we learn something every day. How awesome.

Theme

The armature must be strong that it makes the story universal
and makes the genre inconsequential.
– Brian McDonald

Your story needs a theme. And by theme, I mean a point. Without a point or moral to your story, it’s just a pile of information. I remember when producing my first short film, Nati & Rigo, I wanted to make clear that poverty leads to crime.  And because my main characters were illegal immigrants and desperate for a wedding that cost them about $5000 (money they did not have), they turned to crime to make their dream come true. This story is wrapped up with a romantic-comedy genre, not that it matters. Because it can be retold in many ways and still convey the same message. Stories are universal. Granted, when you watch my first film, maybe it’s not the best dialogue or acting in the world. But one thing for sure, I understood my point and it influenced every aspect of my story.

For my next project, I’m inspired by the theme Don’t let evil get the best of you, but get the best of evil by doing good. Let’s see where that takes me.