This is a question that some people has asked me because my last short film “The Other Side” was premiered in Youtube in january 2014… and that’s 2 years ago!
The fact that I didn’t premiere a new movie doesn’t mean that I wasn’t doing anything, I know that since I premiered my first movie in 2011 (5 years ago) I was making movies in a row, one project after the other, to me, that was a way of learning because, as many of you already know, I never went to a film school. I know I still have a lot to learn, but let me tell you what has happened in those 2 years and why you didn’t see a new movie from me.
During the first half of 2014 I was shooting a couple of commercials, that I couldn’t share because of the rights, you know, and I also directed a pilot episode for a TV talent show for the internet that was shot on an iPhone also. This projects took me to end of may, and after that, I had to make a decision, to start a new short film project or start to think bigger, so I decided to go big and I wrote my first script for a feature film, “Dead End”, a road movie.
As I do my filmmaking things in my free time, it took me until october 2014 to finish the script, a 150 pages script, obviously I had to shrink it, and when I finished, the same month, it had finally 120 pages. Since then we have been searching for funds, we already have a part but still have to be working on that, so in the mean time, as we get the funds, I decided to start a new short film project, so I wrote “Desert Eagle”, my most ambitious film so far.
Our idea was to shoot it in January in Phoenix, with my good pal Phillip Felice (you know him as founder of Smatphocus and Bridge Optix) and my also good friend Neill Barham (founder of Cinegenix and Filmic Pro App). We decided to shoot it in january, there’s always good weather in Arizona, but Phil thought that his good friend (now mine too) Alex Corn, could do an amazing job as producer, and he joined our project as producer, we also decided to shoot it in New York City (where Alex lives), the most cinematic city of all time, but as the weather there is very cold until may we decided to shoot it in may 2015.
Here’s when the problems started, as I said, “Desert eagle” was my most ambitious project and when we finished the budget, the movie turned out to be 3 times more expensive than what I thought it was gonna be. We were thinking about how to get those extra funds, and my good pal (I have to say that I’m very lucky because I have friends all over the world helping me) Glen Mulcahy (organizer of MojoCon, the biggest and best conference about mobile journalism and smartphone filmmaking) introduced me to some people in Samsung and we were talking about the posibility of shooting the movie with their new Galaxy, but finally we didn’t get a deal, anyway I’m very grateful to the people of Samsung because of their time and the fact that they wanted to help me.
All this took me to june 2016, so I decided to write a new script (I’m very lucky because stories come to me very easily) and I wrote “Time To Pay Off Debts”, an actors’ movie, almost without VFX, cheaper and easier to shoot than “Desert Eagle”. Finally we shot it in october/november 2015, but as I always want “to go a step forward with iPhone filmaking”, and because we didn’t have time to finish the shooting, this thursday I’m gonna be shooting the last shots of TTPOD from my house in Spain, being the set in NYC. I’m pretty sure that this is something never done on an iPhone…
Next month I will release a teaser trailer, and the movie will be premiered in april.
So this is what I have been doing during this last two years. I have to say that my intention, once this movie is finished and while we get the funds for Dead End, I want to go back to my prior way of working, I mean, project after project without stopping, my brain is burning with ideas, some of them I think you can find interesting, one of them I still didn’t know if it is even possible to do it (a new step forward for iPhone filmmaking) but I keep this for next week in a new blog entry where I will tell you about my incoming projects.