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Josh Gallegos

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  1. 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....
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. How is it ripping someone off? I’m not using the money to buy a car, he wants a film made, I said I could make one and provided an example of what could happen. I think if I had a more experienced cinematographer on my side, decent sound, an actual crew, I could make something good. There are all sorts of small horror festivals all over the country, I’ve seen them on film freeway, it can be seen, even if it’s just a small room with 15 people. I’m not interested in marketing or whatever it is you’re talking about, maybe someone else should be in charge of that? A producer maybe? I don’t see how that relates to filmmaking. note. I know the edit I posted is bad, I usually just add music on rough edits and remove it all on the second edit. I probably won’t have any music on the final edit. But it’s been a while since I’ve used Adobe Premiere Pro, so I won’t be lost when I make my third short this Sunday.
  8. I'm shooting a short this Sunday, but I also put together an experimental short film, done completely online. I wrote a short abous suicide during lockdown, and its basically about people releasing their suicide video before they take their lives, it's not complete yet, there's one more character missing, the most important one, it's about an old man who has a dream oh his dead wife , and when he wakes up he misses her so much he decides to end his life, it's being recorded. SO it's three videos, there's only two in this edit... so the last part feels empty because it's missing. It's an editing excercise since I haven't done anything in 5 years, will post the full version when I have the final segment ready.
  9. This is nothing new. When George A. Romero made Night of the Living Dead, no one even watched it, it made no money and worst of all, they didn't copyright the film. He spent two more years making commercials to cover expenses, he used his own money with other partners like John Russo. The film was rediscovered and he made no money because the film was public domain, but that didn't stop him. It takes a special strength to do this, and if you go in with unreal expectations you'll be disappointed. Remember, I only used Paranormal Activity to convince someone to fund it, to me, it's a gift from god to be able to make any kind of film. My only ambition is to make a great film. So all these stories don't discourage me, it's just part of what you go through when you take a risk. I have nothing more to add to the topic, I think many of you made a point that Los Angeles is a bad place to be in, and it's true, a lot of people have left the city, even big celebrities like Joe Rogan. Ironically, I'm beginning to see more and more California license plates in Houston. I'm trying to stay on track so that this opportunity doesn't fall off. I've been writing for ten years, since my early twenties, so this would be my first feature that would be produced. I could even partially fund it myself and try to crowdfund, so I know I have something to work on,.
  10. It believe Paranormal Activity made a festival run and it was picked up for distribution. The filmmaker didn’t spend that kind of money. I don’t believe it’s impossible to make a good movie, when I started going to Lakewood Church I discovered that it’s better to walk in faith. My only concern is to make a great film.
  11. Yes, this thread took an odd turn. Perhaps I should come back and post when I have real concerns that relate to cinematography. There’s countless knowledgeable artists and technicians on this board and it’s being wasted on this discussion. I really do apologize, I have the habit of going off topic too much. And I apologize to Londoners. It wasn’t a very smart comment.
  12. I know some local producers who have managed to get their low budget content on Amazon. I’d advise them after I write and polish the script and show it to professional readers so they can evaluate the work. I really don’t get why everyone is making a big deal for supporting the 2A. I’m Hispanic, I’ve never been arrested, I’m really an outstanding citizen. I’d be great on a film set, I learn fast and I respect everyone who makes films. If deciding to wear a gun makes me something of a villain then I would say most of you are jumping to conclusions that are unfair. I only wear it on my own free time, not when I’m at work, I would be fired if I wore it, it’s just common sense.
  13. Who ever said about carrying it on a set or any job for that matter? Why would anyone take a gun to their job? There’s a glove compartment in your car and you leave it in a lockbox. You follow safety rules, you take classes for a license. It’s a sign of responsibility.
  14. That doesn’t discourage me. I’m fulfilling my destiny either way. And there’s always an audience for horror, I know sites, Facebook groups where many fans will watch anything. So I know it can be seen. Plus it’s only 15k dollars, it’s not a budget that can ruin anyone, and I know I can make a great film.
  15. I’m not a conservative, I deeply embrace the ideals of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, I just don’t see how supporting 2A makes someone an undesirable person to work with, it’s just short-sighted and discriminatory. You all seem to have this idea that we go around shooting at things. I’ve never even drawn it from my holster in 2 years. I mean I do practice at the gun range twice a month. Maybe I should make a documentary to make people see how it’s not a bad thing.
  16. I really didn’t want to get into that subject it was brought up. As a filmmaker, you have to travel to a lot of unknown places and maybe even sleep in your car if you can’t get a hotel. I think it’s better to be prepared for any possibility. It’s an unpredictable and dangerous world. And London has had thousands of stabbing incidents and multiple terrorist attacks. No one is really immune to random violence. Since this doesn’t relate to filmmaking, I’ll just stop right there, but I don’t see how anyone can be offended by embracing our country’s second amendment. We are a country of patriots, we can overcome anything and anyone.
  17. Well, you’re from London. In America we have a little thing called freedom, so things are a lot different over here. But that’s beyond the point, everyone says Los Angeles is a bad idea, and maybe it is, but I get this nagging feeling to go there at some point in my life.
  18. We were talking about Los Angeles, since I was thinking of moving there and how dangerous of a city it is (for poor people). In Texas lots of citizens are allowed to open/conceal carry for self-defense. Of course you can’t wear it in government buildings etc, and I was thinking how California has banned the 2nd amendment in their state. I was weighing in on the pros and cons. In Louisiana lots of people open carry, it’s just normal in the south; and yes I have a license, so I was thinking about how I’d lose this amazing privilege. But I’m beginning to discover that I can just drive from Louisiana to the heart of Texas, and work my way up from here.
  19. Aapo, your short film looks great by the way. But I’m remembering everyone like Robert Rodriguez who shot El Mariachi for 5k, the whole Rebel without a crew concept. But I think I can make something that can be shown on VOD, I remember one of my great heroes George A. Romero who created such iconic films with very little money. I do love the horror genre, so I think I can make something worthwhile. Of course it would have to be around a 77-80min movie, because of the budget. I realize good sound is expensive, and talented actors- some of them are willing to work for almost nothing to get their names out there, so I wouldn’t go after SAG-AFTRA , which have very high rates.
  20. No! I wouldn’t DP! The young pastor has multiple cameras, he has a BMPC 6k which has a Super -35mm sensor . I told him that would be the camera to use for a 15k horror film project. I’m writer/director, but I know I need to get a more experienced DP. I already see the film, the blue color temperature. It’s titled “ Ophelia”, and it’s about college students who are famous YouTube vloggers/paranormal investigators who stay in an old house where a young girl murdered her family. I would shoot it in Louisiana if it all goes according to plan. So I’m writing so much so he doesn’t change his mind. It’s only a 15k budget but I’m confident I can stay on budget.
  21. I don’t get how everyone talks about how expensive LA is, and then you claim to make 25k a year. That’s $2k a month. Just doesn’t make sense how anyone could afford rent, gas, food, etc Some good news today, there’s a chance I will be able to make a feature debut. I pitched an idea to a young pastor in Louisiana who has been offering me to work in his company, he bought about $50k worth of equipment and he was also interested in making films. So I mentioned how Paranormal Activity was made for $15k dollars and ended up making millions. So I convinced him I could make a horror film for that amount and he agreed. Of course things might fall apart, but I started on the script anyway. Wrote 25 pages today.
  22. Those are pretty daunting non-union numbers, but it's better to walk the path you know you were meant to walk as opposed to doing something else just to exist, I guess not everyone is willing to take those risks. I noticed with most DPs that it takes them about 15 years to land that one life-changing film. For Roger it was Barton Fink around 1991, though Sid and Nancy has become quite popular today which was made in 1987, but I remember hearing about Northfork because I always watched Roger Ebert review movies, so I know I was in the 9th grade when it came out, I wasn't a huge film fan then but I was into Tarantino movies and Roger Ebert.
  23. Did you mean $20,000? You shot quite a lot of films in the year 2000 according to IMDB. And I saw your early trailers you can see the talent right away, a lot of younger filmmakers don't have the skillset right away.
  24. Of course, I mentioned I was planning to make the move when the COVID-19 lockdown ends, and I'm going to keep saving money. I've wasted too much time, it's really an act of desperation, I thought maybe I could increase my luck in a city full of filmmakers. I'm also waiting to receive my degree and I'm just going to shoot whatever projects I can here in Texas. I just need to finish what I started, I can't just move on to something else. But I understand the circumstances in LA right now are dire, I know it's not just LA, it's the whole state of California where many have fallen into poverty, there are rising crime rates. It's the only state where you have to have a plan in case you become homeless, I mean you don't really see that in Texas, "shanty towns", starvation, high crime rates. It's insane something like this is happening in the US.
  25. Well, AJ, I’m not a fan of the Duplass brothers, and those kind of filmmakers are generally raised in a privileged environment. They surround themselves with white actors and a white cast, I like filmmakers who are trying to break that way of thinking, and I’m not making this into a race thing, but maybe subconsciously they think white actors are better actors and that’s not true. When I saw “Yellow Rose”I saw a cast of diverse talented actors, I never even heard of them but they were all equally amazing. I think there’s enough room for everyone and I’m really sick of seeing the same trope of “elite” actors take over cinemas with their superhero junk . I also haven’t seen many Hispanic female directors or DPs, and I know it’s all about who’s the most talented, but I just can’t accept there isn’t enough diverse talent out there, most of them are ignored and aren’t even given a chance. I’m just going to say it, it’s a racist industry.
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