Thanks to Ray-Ban for their faith and constant support.
Big Sky Productions for supplying a base for a poor videographer.
The Verster Cohens
I heard this a couple weeks ago and it has stuck in my head. This has become my mantra or my ‘coach in my ear’ if you will. It doesn’t really apply exactly to my current situation and project, for the fact that FUN isn’t really at the top of my lists of things I need. Great shots yes, beautiful stories yes please, helpful people -great, walking robotic Spanish translators - bring it on! But fun seems like an unnecessary extra right now. Sort of like a comfortable lifejacket while bobbing in the middle of the Atlantic. The reason that it resonates is that, yes ok- it’s going to be tough, and yes sometimes seem impossible and frustrating but I do love doing it and the challenge of extending myself is giving me such a high. It keeps me focused, determined and basically keeps my eye on the prize, forgetting that I’m punching above my weight for a couple of seconds. ( sheesh cliches- I’m tired). With that I must announce that the documentary has officially started. ’ Some people ask me, ’ so you must almost be finished your documentary now’ Before I have time to reply, a drop from the cold sweat has reached the floor and I have to reply that this is not the case but rather quite the opposite, ’ I haven’t started shooting yet.’ This sounds worse than it is.The first 2 audio narrations are done- and so bloody brilliant! I have my characters confirmed- dates organised- story boards done- lighting and sound gear sorted but I need a second camera as well as lenses and accessories which I cannot afford. I approached a rental company with my concept and they have offered to sponsor my gear free of charge……… IF……I can insure it for the time I need it, which is in two days time.Foreign country, tourist visa, basic Spanish, live on a couch, borrowed money. Wish me luck it’s going to be an exciting 2 days before first day shooting.
Phone video I made from my trip so far
Almost 2 months to the day I was writing at the this very same table about meeting Margarita, deciding to travel or sign a lease. I have had two observations. 1. I should really try out different bars more often and 2. I couldn’t be happier by the choices I have made. Not even a 3 day bus from Lima, could take the edge off the buzz Peru gave me. I am so happy to have seen the things that I saw, met the people i met and spent the money I spent. I do however feel that no matter what situation you choose- if you are positive, you will come out of it feeling like I do right now. I’m not a hippy I promise.
So I’ve hit the ground running- and within in 3 days of returning I have secured three jobs for a couple of architects in the city. I have done one of them and the client is head over heels. It was quite funny, Flor and I went to the pitch with the owners of the architectural firm and the three clients. Every one rocking some serious Italian power suits while I donned my Holey vans and a denim shirt. While sitting I thought - this is why I chose to do what I do. No blowing smoke up ring pieces but rather be judged by the work you do. I took advantage of the free cappuchinos, while a very fast and intense discussion took place. They loved it and we got the gig. Good news and bad news. Always good news first- they want us to shoot and short film bad news - I have three weeks left in BA, a documentary and 2 pitch videos to shoot. I’m going to go for it!
The doccy pre production is going very well! I had the fortunate experience to go into the viaja (township) to meet our subject for the documentary. Frankito is a 10 year kid who is such a great kid from Paraguay . His mother slaves to send him to an upmarket school in Belgrano, while he endures bullying from his class mates due to his foreign accent and being called poor. Kids can be evil sometimes. He seems to effortlessly shrug it off which I put down partly due to his loving family, youthful optimism and his maturity beyond his age. His mother is the sweetest lady - and cooked us a huge traditional Paraguayan meal in their modest self built home. We had abit of an encounter with some drug dealers but luckily no harm done. Start interviews at the sound studio next week. I have other great people involved and I will slowly fill you in as we go.
I’m waiting for the girl I’m seeing, Renata, to finish work - then we off to a partay! Have a great weekend everyone!