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Kaleidoscope for Lucia

This was a short film I DP'ed for in Late 2023. I was originally just the colorist but when schedule changes opened up a spot for me to be the cinematographer, I jumped on it.

Read more to see how we shot 27 pages in 10 days.

Crafting Cinematic Magic: A Journey Behind the Scenes of Film Production in Southern Mexico

Embark on a cinematic odyssey as we unravel the captivating tale behind the creation of a mesmerizing film set against the backdrop of southern Mexico. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of production, from serendipitous beginnings to the relentless pursuit of artistic vision amidst the sweltering heat and bustling energy of the locale.

A Serendipitous Turn of Events: From Colorist to Visionary

What began as a modest role as colorist evolved into a pivotal role in shaping the visual narrative of the film. With the unexpected departure of the DP and scheduling upheavals, an opportunity emerged to contribute not just technicolor hues, but a visionary perspective that would breathe life into every frame.

On Location in Southern Mexico: A Race Against Time

With the clock ticking and creative energies ablaze, our intrepid crew descended upon the vibrant landscapes of southern Mexico. Opting for a lean and agile approach, we traversed the terrain with Bertha Lindenbusch at the helm as Director/Producer, myself as DP, and a dedicated ensemble of collaborators including Guillermo Mendoza on audio, Panter as Grip, and the indomitable duo of Maggie Cruz and Tony Lindenbusch as PAs.

Embracing the Elements: Battling the Heat and Tight Deadlines

As the sun beat down relentlessly, our resolve remained unyielding amidst the scorching heat of the Mexican sun. With a tight schedule and even tighter budgets, there was no room for compromise. Each day brought forth a flurry of activity, with multiple scenes shot across diverse locations, each with its own unique challenges and rewards.

From Sunrise to Sunset: Capturing the Essence of Every Moment

With the first light of dawn, our journey began anew, as we raced against the clock to capture the magic of each fleeting moment. From bustling city streets to tranquil beachfronts, we embraced the natural light as our ally, infusing each scene with an ethereal quality that spoke to the heart of the narrative.

The Grueling Grind of Post-Production

As the cameras ceased to roll, the real work began in earnest. Hours were spent meticulously offloading gigabytes of data, ensuring the integrity of every precious frame. With eyes set firmly on the horizon, we embarked on the arduous journey of post-production, fueled by the promise of a cinematic masterpiece waiting to be unveiled.

Conclusion: A Journey Unfolds

As we navigate the final stages of post-production, anticipation mounts for the unveiling of our cinematic creation—a testament to the power of collaboration, creativity, and unwavering determination. Stay tuned as we prepare to share our labor of love with the world, a testament to the enduring magic of storytelling.


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