How I went from directing fiction to documentaries

It’s my father’s fault, I’ve been in love with movies since I was a little kid because of him. He raved about so many movies constantly, quoting dialogues, and telling the same stories of how and when he took my mom to see the great films of the lates 70’s and early 80’s, I would...

So we had a baby

Hey! Yes, yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve stopped by our award-winning blog (<– not true), I have a 2-month beautiful baby girl that has taken over my life, and I’m more than glad to give it to her, I was lucky enough to be able to work from home and be around her...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 9

Before you start reading please bear with me, we just had a beautiful baby girl and I haven’t slept much, so if I stop making sense or repeat myself, you’ll know what’s up. It has been the greatest time ever, I now have a family of my own. Crazy. We are currently locking in shooting...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 8

I’m the type of person that cannot live without music, I have a soundtrack for all the different eras of my life, I have a song assigned to most people in my life, the undeniable power of music has a strong hold on me. You can catch me listening to The Traveling Wilburys in the...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 7

Making it funny. That’s what this is all about. This is the story of a woman that wants to make you laugh, wants to make you have a good time and in her words, “make you forget about your shitty life for a while”. A lot is said about the New York audience during the documentary,...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 6

“Be like water my friend” has to be one of my favorite quotes, it comes from the great late Bruce Lee, it refers to our ever-changing world and how we must try to adapt quickly and try to have a good time while doing so. This quote lives with me every single day. I’m still struggling...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 5

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! Ok, I got that out of the way. Sorry. I’m in between of being very excited about the film, tired from all the hours I put into my work and thinking about being a new father in April, all the same time. The most recent cut of the doc looks great, it’ so easy now...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 4

“Fresh eyes” is the name of this past week. I stepped away from the editing station to shake off any tunnel vision I might have had during this process (after some great advice from my brother in arms, Princeton), it’s served me good because I immediately was able to point out spots in the doc...

“Funny Pains” documentary: Post-production Vol. 2

The past 2 months have been intense, to say the least, I was pulling 14-16 hour days editing our documentary, I had a deadline set and I was determined to make it. After the first 3 weeks of organizing, transcribing interviews and making very hard decisions about what to put in and what leave out,...

You need a reason: lessons learned from “Funny Pains”

Now that Funny Pains is well into the post-production phase, and the bulk of my involvement with the film is over, (until we have to hit the road to promote the documentary that is) I find myself reflecting on all the lessons that I learned while shooting this project. Shooting Funny Pains was a blast,...