Great news! Ella Gets A Promotion? has won an award at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Such an amazing thing since they receive thousands of films from all over the world. It’s a great start to our film festival submissions. I’ll keep everyone posted as more news comes. In the meantime we are all very excited for this. Ella Gets A Promotion? Trailer from Richard Diaz on Vimeo.
I haven’t posted much lately but not from a lack of things happening but more from there being a lot of things happening. The first half of the year was definitely an all over the place couple of months. The main thing is the new feature film is in Pre-Production. Locations have been (and are still) being scouted. I’ve been doing camera tests to test out different looks. I’ve been using the Sony FS7, which will be the main camera, and the Sony A7RII recording to the Atomos Assassin in Pro Res, which will be a B camera. Everything is being shot in 4K and while the file sizes are huge (going to need a lot of hard drives) it is amazing. I have been waiting years for the time when I could shoot 4K on my own without having to rent very expensive cameras. There are a few more […]
I’m sending a special Happy Birthday to Akira Kurosawa. A film director that is arguably one of the greatest filmmakers in film history who helped define and shape films and one that has inspired me greatly. Kurosawa was a filmmaker, much like Alfred Hitchcock, who knew how to blend the personal expression with the entertainment aspect of movie making. His films are just as intimate as they are entertaining. His style is almost perfect where every frame could be captured and hung on the wall as a piece of art. He knew the power of the frame and utilized it like so few others. His artistry is so powerful that a friend of mine and I always said that if either of us ever felt like we were too full of ourselves as filmmakers all we had to do was watch a Kurosawa film and we would be humbled awfully […]
The trailer for my new short film No Witnesses is online. I am looking into festival submission options. I haven’t looked in awhile so I am happily surprised by the amount of festivals out there. I’ll post more information on the film soon. In the meantime, here’s the trailer!
Very sad news this evening as we’ve learned of the passing of film director Wes Craven. The creator of such horror classics as The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Shocker, and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Yes, he created the iconic Freddy Krueger. When I was a kid and my love of film, and of the horror genre, was growing faster than I was height-wise I was surrounded by the films of George A. Romero, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven. I remember seeing Swamp Thing with friends and we were so amazed by it that it is all we could talk about at school Monday morning. I took notice of the director and was both intrigued and fascinated by his then new film A Nightmare On Elm Street. The commercials alone scared me. I saw it right when it came out on video and my […]
I know I haven’t been updating too much lately but because there have been a lot of things going on I haven’t had much time. I will be doing more blog posts and also more videos on everything. I will list a couple key things for now. First, I just had another birthday. So there was that. As I mentioned before I did get a new camera, the Sony FS7 4K camera. As always is the case with a new camera there is a learning curve but since I’m coming from a Sony camera to another it isn’t that big. However, the recording format is new for me so there is some learning there. Mainly how to shoot in it correctly and how to work with it in post production. I’ll be getting into that more soon. I have to say it is definitely the best camera I have ever […]
I haven’t posted in awhile but things have gotten a little hectic. There was work that needed attention plus some family issues not to mention some car problems and even an ear infection. Before you know it several weeks have passed. Where are things now? I am getting myself mentally prepared for the new script which I will start writing any day now. It’s hard for some people to understand but I compare it to an actor getting ready for a role. I need to really feel the story I’m creating so I sit with it for awhile until I can access it at a moments notice. I find music to listen to while I write. This is important for me. I look for music that creates the mood I’m needing. When I put that music on I am immediately transplanted right into the world I have created and can […]