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Josh Gallegos

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  • Birthday 08/22/1987

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  1. Thank you. I don’t know why I wrote down my thoughts it’s a terrible habit.
  2. Actually Brad Rushing didn’t delete my post, he’s actually nice to new HCC students. Is there a way to edit that? Maybe some of you know him, so I wouldn’t want to post things about someone I don’t know. My mistake.
  3. I wouldn’t mind being on someone’s set, but I don’t think it’s professional to get invited into someone’s house, especially from a person that you don’t personally know, that’s just weird. I mean I can understand if we knew each other from a film school or something. What if they give you a drink and then you wake up in a basement like Pulp Fiction with a gimp staring at you. Why not meet at a Starbucks or a zoom call??? Filmmaking should be kept professional, I never asked the people I worked with to meet me at my apartment. And I feel pathetic posting posts on Facebook, practically begging people to allow me on a set, and these filmmakers are just average people like me who just have more money. There’s also a cinematographer named Brad Rushing who thinks he’s god’s gift to filmmaking because he did the cinematography for Britney Spears and DMX music videos, and he’s constantly monitoring the Houston filmmakers page, and deleted my post when I introduced myself to the community. I guess he likes feeling big in a small pond of would be filmmakers, it’s really sad. I think moving to Los Angeles after COVID-19, wouldn’t be a bad idea, I can make short films, find a job, and take photographs of the beautiful city, I can visit the great movie theaters and just live a fulfilling life.
  4. I just don’t like how the system works. You have to rely on other people and that’s a pretty bad way to live a life, people are unreliable and most often than not they will let you down. I would prefer working and saving some money and making one or two short films per year and keep writing. it’s just freelancing will take you straight into poverty and I’m already poor, not living in a van poor, but I get by enough to at least have something. I was actually thinking of getting the new IPhone 12 instead of a mirrorless camera. I like to keep it simple, and there’s more portability and cheaper equipment. Otherwise the cost of renting lenses will add up. I mean if you can’t make anything on an iPhone 12 which now has Dolby Vision, the you can’t make it on a bigger camera. I can just buy an external mic some affordable LEDs and I can make many more films this way. I could film in bigger locations without attracting attention. I just hate attention, I don’t like when people stare as your filming something. I think I can live an okay life if I just make personal films and not worry about “making it”, I realize that there’s a whole world of talented people making movies and so few get to make it to the big show. It’s really a pipe-dream, but it still doesn’t mean that I can’t make films. I’ll just make them when I feel the need to and I do t want to live a life where I’m relying on someone I hardly know to give me a job, and a job that won’t even cover gas. I found out it’s a depressing life doing it that way, especially since I’m now 33 years old. I’ll just make iPhone movies and submit them to festivals when I become decent at it. I think I like that idea better. I don’t want to pretend to like people just so I can be around a Red camera or Arri Alexa, working with professional equipment doesn’t make you a professional.
  5. What I’m going to do is continue making small 2 min short videos on my iPhone. I think FilmicPro (app) unlocks great features that have even more options than a $1000 DSLR.
  6. Well, I can understand them. Making something that could succeed takes planning and most importantly getting any kind of funding is really the hardest part. Filmmaking is just too expensive if you want it done right. But I think I’m really just learning the things you shouldn’t do. For instance I know I should never film for only one night, scouting a location to plan the right storyboard is important , having the right equipment, rehearsing. Basically pre-production. I never did any kind of pre-production on my past short films and I’m not an effective communicator. You just need a small team, even if it’s just one or two more people, and you need a bit of space to think, when I started I couldn’t think, I blanked out. Good thing both of them were new actors so it was just practice for them. But I only spent about $300 to make it, so it’s not a big financial loss. I don’t see the talent, but maybe it’s just that I can’t do good technical work, because the images I had in my mind didn’t translate at all to what I captured. But I won’t linger on it, I’ll just move on and think on how to improve.
  7. I get a little weirded out by Houston filmmakers. Some guy is making a horror film with a Red camera and I asked to be on the set and he agreed, but now he wants me to go to his house to talk about his movie. He does have images on his Facebook page working with an Arri Alexa, so maybe he’s legit. But I just don’t like going to peoples houses that I don’t know. I don’t think there are any legit professionals in the city.
  8. Well, I think I’m done filming this way, because it just doesn’t work that way. I felt this doomed feeling before I shot it and I was right. The room was too small and my storyboard didn’t work at all, I had something different envisioned, it was well paced and I ended up with this thing. Still I’m grateful I was able to shoot something, I know the pace is awful and I didn’t have much of a script, so for the next one it’s just going to take more time and I wouldn’t do everything myself. I still need to get on a set to see how people normally communicate or try to get into a film school and learn how to collaborate. Especially pacing a shoot, I felt like I was making my first short film again. It wasn’t a good feeling.
  9. Posting a link to my 4th short that was shot this Sunday, so I edited it today. It’s called ’Wash Us in the Blood’ for some reason. I only had 3 hours to shoot 7 pages, it’s been 5 years of not handling a camera but this is the rough cut. I don’t really care that it’s bad because I know I can improve! I’ll just call it an experimental short. Lol. im happy, can’t believe I’ve made 2 short films in less than a month, I never thought I would make anything again. here’s the link. My next short will hopefully have a budget, it’s going to be called FRENZY, a horror thriller. I’ll just keep moving forward and maybe one day I’ll be a decent filmmaker.
  10. I completed a short exercise, I know its insignificant and deeply amateurish, but it was to familiarize myself with Adobe Premiere Pro again. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGtE_GkAG7h/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link *Note, I apologize about the other topic. I will never jump into personal conversations or ask anything that doesn't relate to filmmaking, and yes my early work is bad, and I suppose I want find a way to grow out of that phase. In terms of productivity I already completed two short films in only 3 weeks, which in essence took me two years to do (five years ago). I don't like the edit I made, but I will simply move on to the next thing! And it was done online using stock footage that is free and recorded performances from actors from facebook. Or aspiring actors....
  11. I’m not upset, there’s always room for improvement, and I entered into those two shorts with zero technical experience, but I was committed and finished. At this point I think I’m better off concentrating on my work and leaving the boards for a while. There will always be critics and opposers but at this point in my life I’m going choose faith and positivity. So I’m just going to log off from the board for a while or indefinitely, and network with local professionals on facebook to see what can be done so I don’t have to do everything myself. But take care everyone and I wish you all the success in the world.
  12. I’m not going to worry about the odds, I’m not going to worry if turns out bad. I’m just going to do it and do an amazing job. I wasn’t asking for permission to make a feature, I’m making it and that’s the end of it. People may not be for me, but God is for me and that’s all that matters. I was living hopeless and defeated and suddenly this opportunity comes along. I’m going to take it and hit a grand slam. No one can ever discourage me. You guys can live a defeated life and think everything is impossible, but I won’t. there’s really nothing more to add, my mind is made up, nothing can change that.
  13. If you think about it, the Russian billionaire is searching for the missing pieces of this machine throughout the film, so even in death, there's another version of him that exists, how else would Kat be able to see herself jumping off the yacht and tell that story in the restaurant scene where they try to beat up the protagonist. When characters interact with themselves they can replace their former self. For instance, in the "end" the siege in the desert. Neil dies, he's shot in the head, but another version of Neil, the one who is honking the military vehicle is trying to warn them about it, but they run past and are trapped. When that version of Neil dies, the Neil who was in the military vehicle replaces him. SO this way the Russian has found a way to make himself immortal, remember when he says that he is buying time, maybe he has done this to prolong his life since he is dying of cancer. Perhaps when the Russian was dying he heard about this mysterious tech, given his immense wealth he was able to buy time.... or at least that is my own understanding of the concept. If this were to be explained it would be a four hour movie.
  14. Well the lead character has no true name, he is simply known as The Protagonist, even in the script, which I have a copy of, he's simply written as "the protagonist",. There isn't even a backstory or character development. The exposition isn't really there for people to understand it, sometimes you can't really hear what they are saying. It has something to do with sequencing, it's as if he made a puzzle for the audience and it's their job to piece it together. It's an experimental mega-budget action/thriller. The sequences are out of order, in the opening opera scene we see Neil, who wears the backpack with the orange ring tethered on a small string save the Protagonist, which means the item that he was taking from the coat area was an inverted weapon. The Protagonist was meant to die, but Neil saved him. The ending of the movie is really the beginning, because remember that all the pieces of the device are disassembled and they all need to hide the pieces again, and anyone who sees the full weapon must die. So I believe the film is stuck in a loop of events, the meaning of the orange circle, that's why the protagonist is trying to find out what the anomaly is, so he traces the source of this anomaly to the Indian woman which he ends up killing. "Mission accomplished". My only question is how the Russian billionaire's wife, when she murders her husband in the yacht, how was she able to exist without wearing the oxygen mask, unless the the ROTOS device was something of a time-machine, the huge machine in the airport which they passed through again.... ? I could be wrong.
  15. I've only made two short films back in 2014/2015. But I've written 7 spec scripts, so my true experience is in screenwriting. I am only a "filmmaker", because I wanted to see my work get made. I've placed in several contests and have had scripts on the top list on the Black List website, and a Zero Gravity Management producer read my script and passed, so I blew my chances of getting represented by them. Usually screenwriters become professional around their mid to late thirties, sometimes in their forties. Even great talented screenwriters like Charlie Kaufman didn't get any of their scripts produced until he was 40 years old, so you can imagine, if someone of his immense talent had to wait such a long time....and, I'm not comparing myself to him at all, he's a master of the craft. It can be unfair, because if some college douche writes a comedy that a young reader likes, he/she will get representation. Plus, if you want to market a script, you have to know what's being made. And there's really only about 500-600 working screenwriters in Hollywood out of thousands of aspiring writers, a small percentage like David Koepp, Eric Roth who make millions. So, I thought I had a better chance to try and make something on my own. The struggle has been to become good in the technical side of cinematography, editing, all of which take a lifetime to master. But I'm just going to keep making small independent short films that I write and try to get my first feature made. So that's really where I'm coming from, my only interest is narrative work and not creating "youtube content" to make money. And it's actually really difficult to write a short film, you just don't have the breathing room, you're deeply limited by budget, connections. I think the best short film I've ever seen until this day is 'Bottle Rocket' by Wes Anderson, it's straight-forward, it's really funny, I can still remember most of the short film by memory. I don't think anyone will be able to top that.
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