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unscripted with barrie macleod

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

A raw visual portrait of my good friend Barrie MacLeod. He is a retired software engineer and a tech geek who found a passion for aviation. I asked him if I could shoot a cinematic portrait for my ongoing "Unscripted" series and a week later we were in the air. The voice over is a small portion of the conversation we had prior to take flight going over the flight details. Shot on location inside a Cessna 172SP.

Credits: Music by Ryan Taubert

First day of school.

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

Today marks the first day of school for my daughter. As much as she I'm excited for her learning, I'm also petrified in regards to my education on raising a child as a single father. The only way I know how to deal with my emotions is through creation. This is my first piece. My advice piece to my daughter in form of moving images. As much as it's her first chapter, it also marks a chapter in my school of life.

Unscripted with Mara Delrose

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

Another short visual portrait of portrait tattoo artist and model Mara Delrose. I filmed this piece at her studio while she was working on completing a charcoal portrait of the poet, Dante Alighieri. Afterwards, she posed with her custom studded vintage deep sea diving helmet. Nothing pretentious behind the piece.


Unscripted with Joey

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I made this short visual portrait of my music producer friend Joey. I was at his place for dinner with his father on a summer evening and fell in love with the gigantic window spilling a shade of golden light. What started as a conversation on his upcoming projects ended up being a monologue. 



Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

To me, this lady is the pure definition behind the meaning of self sacrifice and a guide on how to care for someone else. Sadly, I'm still learning those skills. She made her children the only purpose in life and for that I owe her everything. Most of all I admire her for not clipping my wings on my journey to finding my purpose. 

That being said, I'm with Lisa on this one. [Jump after photo.]

Manager: Okay, people, we need to cook up a new holiday for the summer. Something with gifts, cards, assorted gougeables.

Sales Rep: How about something religious? We had great penetration last spring with Christmas Two.

Manager: Oh, I know. Spendover, like Passover, less talk, more presents.

Manager: No, no, no! No, it's gotta be warm and fuzzy. Some like, um, "Love Day", but not so lame.

[cut to the Simpsons home several days later]

Marge Simpson: Happy Love Day, everyone!

Lisa Simpson: Come on, Mom, The stores just invented this holiday to make money.

Homer Simpson: Lisa, don't you ruin another Love Day.


Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I've gone off grid à la Bourne for a while due to work and personal affairs. However, I try to stay updated on my tumblr. Jay Z's Holy Grail track contains a repetitive sound snippet that goes "Thanks for warning." There is a logic behind that warning. Here are some of them.

So, after all the bright lights,  set food,  client meetings,  hair pulling arguments,  convincing clients to take risks,  political emails,  congratulatory emails,  betrayal emails,  congratulatory in person yet the same individual betraying on your back emails,  frightening pitch meetings,  finger crossings for pitch approvals,  legs crossing for budget approvals,  drafting contracts,  preparing invoices,  sending diplomatic emails to collect outstanding balances,  stealth sneaking by the landlord's office because you ran out of excuses to the overdue rent because the client haven't wired you the funds yet,  system failures,  gear malfunctions,  talent arriving late,  unpredictable weather,  unpredictable unpredictabilities,  pulling a one night stand,  pulling a two nights stand,  pulling a three nights stand,  pulling an all weeker,  get infected with racoon eye socket syndrome,  eating overpriced food at a hipster joint with a cool name and logo,  drinking overpriced green bio shit at a hipster joint with a cool name and logo,  one eye twitching due to lack of caffeine, both eyes twitching due to overdose of caffeine,  sleeping in a sofa,  sleeping on the editing desk, drooling on the keyboard,  editing software crash causing a day worth of cuts unrecoverable,  at that very moment - thoughts of performing a seppuku,  then realizing you don't own a sword,  two hours of render only to crash at the last two minutes,  finding creative solutions to stall the client on delivery,  apologizing to the client,  apologizing to the producers,  apologizing to the directors,  apologizing to my mother for missing dinner,  apologizing to my sister for missing breakfast,  apologizing to my daughter for not slaying the dragon before saving the princess,  apologizing to my lover over emails,  apologizing to my lover over voicemails,  apologizing to my lover over facetime,  apologizing to my lover over phone calls and the list goes on.

So, why I do this? Because at the end of all the headaches, I can proudly say - I MADE THAT!

Thank you to all the producers, directors and agencies for giving me the opportunity to play a vital role in bringing their projects and vision to life. To my family, thank you for putting with my sometime pragmatic, otherwise unrealistic mooning behavior. And thanks for my amour for simply; putting up with me.

Thank you!


Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I've been working nonstop for the past 15 months or so. I mean, round the clock with zombie eye socket syndrome. It was time to take a break and enjoy it with my girl who is been there through my thick and thin. Especially, during the thin times. I'm talking major slim thin slices.

We ditched the regular 401 and drove along the rural King's Highway 2 from Toronto to Montreal and stopped in between to discover local food, coffee and farming land.