I am so excited to announce that the short film I made with Mike Pusateri, Ella Gets A Promotion?, got accepted into the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. We are all so proud of the film we made and it’s great to see it getting accepted. There is more news coming for this film. You hope that when you make a film, even a short film, that it gets seen in front of an audience and luckily this film will be.
First off today is my birthday so I figured it was a good time to announce some things. My two latest short films have been submitted to a lot of festivals all over the world. In fact, earlier this evening I submitted to three more festivals. Fingers crossed! I created a poster for my short film No Witness which was added to the IMDb listing but is also now making it’s official debut below. Outside of a very few people no one knows much about the new feature film. I can finally announce that the new film is called Killer Talk. Now, if you’ve known me for a few years you may be thinking that sounds familiar. Indeed it is. I came up with the original story about 7 years ago. At the time I had debated making it my next film after Distortion but then things change. I would […]
A new episode of my vlog Vague Ramblings is up on YouTube all about seeing John Carpenter live. Stay tuned for many more new ones including some on the new film, projects, my gear, and lots more rambling.
Last night I went to see John Carpenter perform live. He is currently touring performing themes from several of his films plus tracks from his two non-soundtrack albums Lost Themes and Lost Themes II. To say the night was amazing is an understatement. It was one of my favorite evenings ever. John Carpenter is an idol of mine. When I was a kid I saw The Fog and was both scared and fascinated by it. I watched it over and over. As I’ve written before I was a huge film fan from a very young age and took great interest in directors which led to me being one. So when I saw a film that struck me, even when I was in single digit age numbers, I wanted to know what else they had done. This led to me seeing Escape From New York, which is one of my top […]
As many people know I have been desiring (drooling?) 0ver the new Sony G-Master line of lenses since they were announced. As someone who uses both the Sony FS7 and Sony A7RII cameras using those lenses would be ideal. I’m a big believer that using native lenses is, in most cases, better though using other lenses with adapters is perfectly fine as I do that as well. But I personally prefer using lenses made for the cameras I use. When Sony went to full frame mirrorless their lens options were lacking in options. It took time to build a library of lenses as it would for any new mount. While there were some great lenses early on there were those of us that really wanted more professional lenses with low F-stops and great glass. Guess what? They listened. They started releasing their G series and now with their G-Master lenses […]
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 […]