NXNE 2014 WITH THE POSTERZ

Here are some photos I took during my three day stay documenting The Posterz at the North By NorthEast music and art festival in Toronto. I was commissioned to document the whole trip and present it as an Episode #2 of their ongoing Poster Porn video series. Day one was at The Vice Island to which we took a water taxi to get there. Day two was on land at Tattoo rock parlour. Day three was on water inside the Bruise Cruise. Click here to read my post on Episode #1 of Poster Porn and keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on Episode #2.

TEST GRADE WITH DAVINCI RESOLVE

On my ongoing quest to finding the most comfortable color grading software, I finally had the chance to confront Davinci Resolve Lite and I must say...it had me at workflow! I'm still getting used to it as it's my very first night with the grader. I have an upcoming shoot and DaVinci will be my official color grader. I will post my thoughts as an avid Colorista ll user switching to DaVinci.

Below are some quick graded shots.  Native footage on the top. Graded footage on the bottom. Shot with T2i with Cinestyle flat picture style. 

VSCO CAM + HYPEBEAST | AN iPHONE EXPLORATION

Couple of weeks ago, VSCO Cam in collaboration with Hypebeast announced their latest preset pack. Naturally, I had to test it out. I'm a huge fan of the "orange" side of the colour spectrum. The warmer and earthy tones. However, the Hypebeast preset is the total opposite. It leans more towards the cooler side of the colour spectrum.  

I shot the majority of the photos at dawn. More specifically somewhere between the sunrise and twilight. There is a subtle blue-ish darkness painted all over the skies. It's that time where the sensors pick up more light than the human eyes. 

Whenever I'm shooting mundane subjects, I look for one major element and that is texture. Weather it's in form of a skin tone or the roughness of a concrete block the interaction between the light and texture is what makes a frame appealing.

Although my favourites are Mood (M3,M5), Analog (A) and Street Etiquette (SE), the Hypebeast managed to land itself on it's own list. It's the preset to go when shooting at dawn! PERIOD.

♦ At 4:30am the moon was still visible! Try to spot it.

Get the Hypebeast preset pack for FREE at VSCO's website.


 
 

MOMMY DAY

If raising two kids single-handedly in a short-sighed culture itself is not strong enough - I'm not quite sure what else can be there to portray the definition of strong. To top it off, she survived a fire which wiped all her belongings, had to witness my shitty divorce and custody battle and my short downfall. Without a doubt, she is a pillar for my rise! 

This year, I took her to shop for plants as she is embarking on gardening! Sis joined for a brunch, mani and pedi. With all the toughness of my mom possess, she is still afraid of heights and refused to watch Spider-Man 2. 

Oh, and this post was her idea because she wanted to tell her sisters to go see her photos!


Mom scavenging the remain after the fire.  (2010)

Waiting for the owner to show the apartment. (2010)

Within a week after the fire, the mother of my child filed for divorce. The whole "fire" situation took a chuck out of our mental and physical state. 

This is where my mom shines. She is such a strong lady that for once, she gave ME strength to rise. I will never forget those days. 

CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCE

I’ve been asked numerous times to enlist my favorite films. Although it’s an impossible task, I’ve showcased ten of my go-to films. These and a few others among the same class are the ones I go to when I’m blocked in my filmmaking process.

Au contraire to popular beliefs, I’m not a huge fan of Hollywood action explosion masala. The typical blue and orange color scheme. I love diving into narratives. The history and mémoires of the characters. In other words, the thought process of the characters - that is a fascinating thing!

To me, a good film is an exhibition of the thought process of the portrayed characters. The exposure of the complexity of human emotions and feelings in a raw format. 

As a personal preference, I dig stories in which the character is placed in an emotional spectrum – right vs. wrong. Whether it’s a Manhattan based lawyer who finds calm by walking towards three horses in a countryside hill or the resurrection of a beaten wrestler trying to redeem his life by connecting with his daughter.

I love the battle they put on while sliding side-to-side on the spectrum. Ultimately, I dig films about choices and it’s consequences.