Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2011

Friends, 

Some news and an outlook of what's to come:

✭ The Assassination of a Citizen’s been in development for pretty much exactly a year now. After some initial ideas were gathered, I learned of the tragic murder of Sherriff’s Deputy Abel Escalante (broken down in this article in the LAWeekly). I wanted to further explore his ambitious personality and the circumstances that lead to his death and because the incident involved gang-related violence I decided to make it part of the story environment I had already created for Citizen. The word “story” rarely does justice in this context, but that’s another story. No pun intended. I am also in talks with another friend of mine to join the Citizen writing force. Another set of fresh, unique eyes could give the story valuable depth and complexity.

I spent months creating the foundation for Reflektiv and its first project…Read more on Development, recruiting gang members and hiring Sherriffs HERE.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Developing "Citizen", recruiting talent and hiring Sherriffs

The Assassination of a Citizen’s been in development for pretty much exactly a year now. After some initial ideas were gathered, I learned of the tragic murder of Sherriff’s Deputy Abel Escalante (broken down in this article in the LAWeekly). I wanted to further explore his ambitious personality and the circumstances that lead to his death and because the incident involved gang-related violence I decided to make it part of the story environment I had already created for Citizen. The word “story” rarely does justice in this context, but that’s another story. No pun intended.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Meeting Tony

The story of my current film project WT: Citizen is told from three primary perspectives: the one of Deputy Flores a custody deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, Diego, a normal teenager with a solid upbringing drawn to his local street gang and Flaco, a young, hard core street gangster. In order to tell this story authentically and as realistic as possible I am collaborating with people who want to contribute their knowledge and their experiences and thus make it possible to develop an organic story that is rooted in every day life.
 

Friday, June 18, 2010

2010 1/2

Fellow humans,


Wow, the weeks and months have been passing by quick. First half of 2010: Check! But stuff is going down. World economy melt down 2.0, Gulf of Mexico is filled up to the brim with oil and some people are holding tea parties. I mean come on, this is really not the time for this. But thank god we’re learning from our mistakes and everything will be better in the future. Right? Yeah, right. Back to 1 everybody.

Some thoughts on the new DIY of Independent Film

I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of the independent film industry lately. As a filmmaker how can I not. It feels like there is a reboot going on; a reset. Obviously, technologically leaps have been made over just the last five years alone and virtually everybody can produce a video, a film or other kind of content (I think you can actually shoot AND EDIT on an iPhone now). This lead to an oversaturated and overcrowded market. The consequences are obvious and the global economic crisis only worsened the situation.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Developing Reflektiv/Ticked DVD out Now!

Hi friends,
What’s poppin? I hope you all got off to a good start into the new year. Well, things are not much different, are they? Anyway, I always see it as a renewal, time to reflect the last year, and contemplate the next. I wouldn’t get anywhere if I didn’t. I need a plan. When I go back to Germany I always go to my father’s grave up the mountain at St. Margarethen, which is a church with a tiny cemetery and an amazing view over the Inntal. And I think. My father was a great inspiration and if anybody, I hope he’s got an eye on what I’m brewing up here.

Here’s some news for you from the REFLEKTIV kitchen…

HAZARDPARKBLOG 09/21/2009 - PREMIERE

My people,
It is time. Time to announce the completion of this short film called TICKED. 

A lot has happened since I punched in the first keys on my computer to conceive what would become THE HAZARD PARK PROJECT. Almost 2 years in fact. Of course it took a lot longer than expected. I hope to commit full time to future projects, which are in development right now. Stay tuned!

HAZARDPARKBLOG 06/5/2009 - PICTURE LOCK

Dear Hazard Parkers,

This is an important point in the long production of this project. It’s come a long way and I spent a significant amount of my life with this. Here’s a few news:

- Thanks to great constructive feedback of many, Ticked has reached Picture Lock. Now it will be exciting to see what the expertise of my friends Ray Lee and Loren White will add to the film. They are in charge of Sound Design/Mix/Score and Color Correction/VFX respectively. Early August the film will have its premiere in Ramona Gardens, Boyle Heights, East Los, the place where it was conceived.


HAZARDPARKBLOG 03/17/2009 - Spring in Hazard Park

Friends,

another long overdue edition of the Hazard Park Project Blog accompanied by more content to enjoy. Take a minute. The year is way underway and the weeks are just flying by. For the longest time I tried to figure out a technique to upload video clips in the highest quality. I will not get into details but thanks to my friend Brett things are moving again. There is some fun stuff to look at and I’ll just say be advised of some language ☺


HAZARDPARKBLOG 12/23/2008 - SANTA TICKED

Ho Ho Ho, it's Santa Ticked,

How's everybody? In Christmas mood yet? I just got back to Germany for two weeks of family, friends, Gl├╝hwein, Christkind, Nikolaus, Bavarian beer and snow. I hope people take the opportunity to think about something else than film and fame and the arts. I guess I am not. After this I will.

HAZARDPARKBLOG 11/11/2008 - THE HAZARD PARK PROJECT is TICKED

Hey there, you exceptional people!

Another month has passed and things are moving pretty smoothly. Smoothly but not as fast as expected. As always. Yesterday I was editing a longer, a pivotal scene of the film and it turned out pretty neat. So I'm excited. Some other areas will need some closer attention, though. Sound will be a challenge in some areas. I'll make it work. 


HAZARDPARKBLOG 10/13/2008 - Progress, Clips and Punk Rockers

Friends…of THE PROJECT!

A little recap:
We commenced principal photography on June 30th 2008. We shot for a total of 17 days. We wrapped principal photography on August 1st 2008. And we actually shot about 95% of the film – which I was seriously doubting for a while. I already found some continuity breaks that have to be fixed i.e. re-shot and we're missing some inserts but that's it. 


HAZARDPARKBLOG 08/21/2008 - Interlude

My Friends,

It's been way too long since the last time I wrote on this blog and updated this page. I really wanted to make this an accompanying platform to let you know what was happening with us in Boyle Heights.

Well, obviously this is a whole job of its own and similar to other positions I "consolidated" in myself, I need to hire able people next time. It's been a blast though – with failure and success seemingly never far apart. But isn't it amazing how the really good days – even if they seemed to be the minority at first – are the ones that shape your memory?


HAZARDPARKBLOG 06/29/2008 - Ranting

Friends of the Hazard Park Project,

I am actually finding time to write the 2nd episode in the ongoing Production blog of this project. And that's good because I want you all to know what's going on. And it's good because that means that everything that can actively be prepared for a shooting day is pretty much "prepared".

Yes, you heard right. And sometimes I have to remind myself too. Time has passed very quickly, a lot of things got done and the first day of shooting is tomorrow Monday June 30th of 2008. 

HAZARDPARKBLOG 06/15/2008 - The Beginning

My Friends,

yeah I'm writing a blog. I never thought I would but here you go and I actually enjoy it! You're kind of talking to no one and everyone at the same time. You're writing a letter to the "internet" and hope that someone reads and possibly likes it. Anyway, this is not why I'm writing.

This is going to be a blog about my current short film production still named the The HAZARD PARK PROJECT. It is called that because I am working in and around Hazard Park in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. And it is the territory of a local latino gang.